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Criffel Hill Race

22/03/2017

On Sunday March 21st, Dumfries Running Club staged the Criffel Hill Race, organised by Ranjit Thomas and his team of helpers who welcomed a much larger field than usual as 203 runners took part in what was doubling as the West District hill running championships. 

This meant that many of the country’s finest exponents of the most challenging of sporting events were taking part. This race is around 6 miles long and involves 550m of ascent and descent on a route that was pretty hazardous in places and 203 runners set off from New Abbey, ready to face the bogs, mud, and tripwires on the course. The route starts (and finishes) with a fast road stretch, before heading off the beaten track to climb up to the summit of Criffel at 569m, via the top of Knockendoch. After reaching the summit cairn, the runners then retraced their steps (well, more or less, as route choice was very individual depending on love for knee deep mud or blind tussocks).

Whilst the sun came out an hour before the 1pm start, the route was so boggy that even finding the route in places was very difficult. The race was won by Graham Gristwood of Ochil hill runners in 50.51 who overtook Finlay Wild of Lochaber, the reigning Ben Nevis hill champion, on the downhill and beat him by a mere 7 seconds. Exiled Doonhamer Stephen Winter from Shettleston had an excellent run in 23rd place in 61.26. Adam Dickie had a superb run in 69th place to beat all of his clubmates in 70.16 and claimed maximum points in the club championships at the same time. Simon Mortlock ran well in 77.40 as did Norman Neilson in 82.18. Graham Beckett thoroughly enjoyed his debut club race on such challenging terrain in 86.20 and was only thirty seconds in front of Sue Jeffrey who had great fun on possibly the muddiest race she has ever competed in. Race organiser Ranjit Thomas enjoyed his run in 88.48 and friend and former work colleague Mo Khan who travelled from Aberdeen to take part was cheered over the line by his club mates in 92.09. Many thanks are due to all marshalls and officials and especially to members of Moffat mountain rescue who helped make sure all runners were safely accounted for.

 

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