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Criffel Hill Race 2014

16/03/2014

On Sunday March 16th, Dumfries Running Club held their first race of 2014, the Criffel Hill Race. The race is approximately 10.5 km long and involves 550m of ascent/descent. Ranjit Thomas, the current race organiser, arranged three cheers at the start in memory of previous race organiser Elspeth Baxter, and many of the runners carried a flower up to the summit to leave there in respect for her...

The forecast of strong winds and low cloud did not discourage 61 runners setting 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).

The race was won by Alasdair Anthony of Ochill Hill Runners with a margin of over 2 minutes on his Criffel debut (56:06) while Charlotte Morgan of Carnethy led the ladies from start to finish in a time exactly 4 minutes faster than she did last year in 9th place overall (63:23).

First DRC runner to the summit was Jo Zakrzewski, but her recent injuries led to a tentative descent, meaning she finished as 2nd lady in 71:35. Terry McCloskey, despite several mud-induced ankle twists, came into his own on the downhill, though Craig Malcomson chased him valiantly all the way down to the road section. Terry finished as first local runner and 13th overall in 67:01 with Craig in 18th place (69:25). Simon Mortlock was next across the line in 72:52, with James Kellock holding off some ADAC rivals for 75:57. Ranjit Thomas finished in 82:40, ahead of colleague Mohammed Khan (87:34) with Kerry Walker rounding off the DRC runners in 97:01. Frank Skachill and Steve Mohan enjoyed the hill at a slightly more leisurely pace, acting as sweep runners.

Jo

Criffel Results 2014

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