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The Devil’s Burden relay

15/01/2016

12 members of Dumfries Running Club completed the Devil’s Burden relay on a beautiful clear crisp day on Saturday, starting and finishing close to the village of Falkland in Fife.

Run over 4 legs, the event covers 34km of navigation on hill and trail around and over the Lomond hills with1,650 metres of climbing to provide a severe test for those taking part. After a debut last year two teams had decided to take part

On leg 1 Frank Skachill had a relatively short 7.5k which was mainly on fire roads through the forest that was more undulating than hilly with a climb of 220metres and fully enjoyed the downhill final 2k with a finish in 39.52. Jo Johnstone had a very strong run for the womens team to finish only a few strides behind Frank.

On leg 2 the runners were paired for safety reasons and James Kellock and Jacob Tangey ran together on a 10km leg which had a severe 680metres of climbing including up and over the summit of West Lomond hill and thoroughly enjoyed the experience in 83mins as did Vicky Hart and female club captain Sue Jeffrey who were more than a match for the challenging terrain in 102mins.

On leg 3 runners had an extremely tough start with 270metres of climbing within half a mile and a radical change of route from last year due to an area cordoned off for a nearby shoot. This added to the distance and the recent heavy rain had made the ground extremely boggy in places which caught out several people with at least one runner having to be hauled out of a deep hole . Stephen Mohan and David Burns struggled on the initial stages but pushed on to reach the end of their leg in 82mins to hand over to Mo Khan  who used his hill running experience to bring the team home in 4 hours and 8 minutes in 86th place in an event that attracts many of the country’s finest hill runners. Dawn McDonald and Anne McFarlane showed good perseverance on leg 3 to finish in under 90mins and Gemma Leadbetter bought the team home in an excellent 4 hours 47 overall

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