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Criffel Hill Race

21/03/2019

On Sunday March 17th, Dumfries Running Club staged the Criffel Hill Race, organised by Ranjit Thomas and his team of helpers who welcomed a field of 62 competitors. 

This race is around 6 miles long and involves 550m of ascent and descent on a route that was pretty hazardous in places and the 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 rain over the past week meant that the route was so boggy and in places was very difficult. The race was won by Ricky Lightfoot of Ellenborough AC in Cumbria in 53.56 and he finished with barely a splash of mud above his ankles, looking as if he had been out on a stroll. He finished over 6 minutes in front of exiled Doonhamer Stephen Winter running for Shettleston AC with George Foster third in 61.77.

Of the DRC competitors, Adam Dickie was 12th after a confident run in 68.52, one minute in front of male club captain Alan Baxter who is much more at home on flatter terrain. Brendan Muldowney in 73.16 ran strongly in his debut Criffel run beating experienced campaigners such as Simon Mortlock by over a minute. Race organiser Ranjit Thomas in 85mins was given a cheer as he crossed the finishing line and debut hill runner Allan Manson in 91.22 enjoyed the whole event as did Jennifer Lee in 97.22. Sue Jeffrey was the race sweeper who made sure that all competitors got off the hill safely and in one piece. 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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