The Moffat 15k Race
The Moffat 15k Race is always a popular target for many members of Dumfries Running Club and a superb turnout of 30 joined the field of 160 for the event on Tuesday evening.
The West Highland Way Race
On Saturday 23 June 2018 at 1 a.m 235 participants stood at the start line of the West Highland Way Race at Milngavie, one of whom was Marian McPhail of Dumfries Running Club.
Hadrian's Wall Half Marathon
On Sunday 24th June Diana Lord did the Hadrian's Wall Half Marathon.
Last Saturday 9 th June saw the 10 th anniversary of the Mourne Way Marathon.
Babcock 10k Series
The month of May saw the return of the annual Babcock 10K series with three races at Helensburgh, Dumbarton and Glasgow Green in Glasgow.
Edinburgh Marathon Series
This event on Sunday attracted 6 DRC runners with 5 tackling the half marathon and Karen Scott bravely attempting her debut marathon.
Kircudbright Half Marathon and Beeches Run
The past few years have seen hot sunny conditions for the Kirkcudbright Half Marathon, and this year, the 35th edition held last Saturday, was no exception.
Holywood Stroll 2018
This race, held on Tuesday May the 8th attracted an excellent entry superb entry for a well organised 5 mile race on rural roads on the outskirts of Dumfries.
London Marathon 2018
Last Sunday 8 members of Dumfries Running Club, the largest total for many years joined 40,000 others plus millions watching live on TV for the Virgin London marathon.
Franc Karpo ran the Blackpool Marathon on Sunday 22nd April 2018. His race report follows:
Hawkshead Trail Challenge
On Saturday April 14th Susan Callander and Joyce Hamilton along with former club member Nicola Morrison completed this very tricky route, one of the Lakeland Trail events.
Screel Hill Race
On Saturday 14 th April, the Dumfries Running Club Hill Race Championships took place on Screel Hill.
3 Villages 10 Mile Road Race
This event was held last Sunday at Weatheral village community centre close to Carlisle.
Tom Scott 10 Mile Race
The Tom Scott 10 mile race, held on Easter Sunday attracted a smaller than usual turnout of only 3 Dumfries Running club members in a very high quality field of 380.
Double Triumph For Les
Having missed the Dent 14 miles race, on 10 th March, because of a flu virus Les Hill made a last minute decision a week later to tackle the Trimpell 20 miles road race at Lancaster.
Criffel Hill Race
On Sunday March 19th, Dumfries Running Club staged the Criffel Hill Race, organised by Ranjit Thomas and his team of helpers on one of the coldest and windiest days of recent years.
The following morning 11 DRC members joined the field for the Glenkiln 12 mile race, expertly organised as usual by Steve Head and his team of helpers at Dumfries Harriers.
Last Saturday 14 members of Dumfries Running Club travelled to the Yorkshire Dales national park for the 14.1mile Dentdale race which has been a popular yet very challenging event.
Netherhall 10 Mile Road Race
On Sunday 25 th February 12 DRC members travelled to Maryport for the first race in the club Grand Prix series.
Scottish Masters Cross Country Championships
On Saturday, 3rd February, four Dumfries Running Club members participated in the Scottish Masters Cross Country Championships at Kilmarnock.
Cross Border Challenge
This year's 10km Cross Border Challenge on Sunday 28 th of January saw 625 runners on the start line, 12 of whom represented Dumfries Running Club.
Scottish Veterans Harriers Club Relays
Last Sunday at the Scottish Veterans Harriers Club road relay championships at Strathclyde Loch in Motherwell two Dumfries Running Club men's teams challenged themselves against some of the best veteran runners in the country.
Christmas Handicap 2017
The highlight of the festive running calendar, the Dumfries Running Club Christmas handicap, was held last Sunday morning with the intention of doing it on the 5 mile Holywood Stroll course.
Male Dumfries Running Club captain Les Hill travelled to Lanzarote to take part in last Sunday’s International marathon race.
Brampton to Carlisle
This race, now in its 66th year, is one of the classic distance races and has always attracted a high calibre field eager to test themselves against the best runners from Central Scotland and the North of England.
Tinto Hill Race
On Saturday 11th November 2017 nine members of Dumfries Running Club joined the field of 244 in tackling the Tinto Hill race in Lanarkshire.
Lancaster Half Marathon
On Sunday 5th November 2017 Les Hill took part in the JWK half marathon in Lancaster.
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Dark Skies 14
Four runners from Dumfries running club, Norman Neilson, David Burns, Laura Broatch and Jody Dempster joined 75 others in the inaugural Dark Skies 14 mile race, starting at the lovely local cafe at Kirroughtee in the Galloway Forest.
Dalbeattie Hardrock Challenge
Now in its 14 th year, the hardrock challenge has matured into a real highlight of the sporting calendar and attracts runners and riders from all over eager to test themselves in a very tough event.
Fiona and Kerry Jardine travelled to Chicago to take part in the 40th Chicago Marathon on Sunday October 8th.
Glen Ochil Ultra
On 30th September 4 members of Dumfries Running Club headed to the Ochil Hills in Perthshire for the Ochil Ultra.
Joasia Zakrzewski been invited to run in the Yorkshire marathon before the China trip came off, and so contacted them on her return, as she knew that there was no way that she could race it hard, but wanted to honour a commitment.
Chorley 6 Hours Road Race
On Saturday, 7th October, Les Hill achieved another UK record in the Chorley 6 hours road race in his new 60 to 64 age category.
The Fuxian Highland Ultramarathon
When Jo Zakrzewski was invited to travel out to Yunnan province in China to run in the inaugural Fuxian Highland Ultramarathon, it sounded like an exciting opportunity to visit a new place, but the journey there was an adventure in itself, taking over 24 hours (and even longer for her wayward luggage).
The "Traybake 10K"
While on her way down to fly out for her 100k race, Joasia Zakrzewski felt she needed a run to get her legs turning over and the Stoneybeck 10k seemed an ideal way to break the journey up.
The Great Scottish Run
15 Dumfries Running Club members last Sunday morning took part in either the half marathon or 10k in Glasgow which was given 3 hours of live coverage on the BBC as Scotland’s biggest festival of running.
Great North Run
On Sunday September 10 th 4 members of Dumfries Running Club joined 40,000 others as well as a live TV audience of millions for the Great North run from Newcastle to South Shields.
Kyles 10 mile race
James Kellock and Les Hill ran in the Kyles 10 miles race in Tighnabruaich on Saturday 9th September.
Dumfries Half Marathon
Last Sunday saw the 36 th running of the Dumfries half marathon.
Devil's Beeftub Race
The latest race in the Dumfries Running Club Grand Prix was the Devil's Beeftub hill race, which is usually a small friendly local race. This year, those club members attending were surprised to find that it was actually the last race in the Scottish championships and so had attracted a much larger stronger field than usual.
Ben Nevis Hill Race
This year 5 DRC members assembled on the start line at New Town Park Fort William along with around 500 others for the annual slog up & down the UK's highest peak.
This event last Sunday morning, well organised by Dumfries Harriers, has developed into a popular race attracting local runners of all standards.
Sport in Action 10k
Four Dumfries Running Club members headed to Carlisle on Sunday, 27th August, to do the Sport In Action 10K. They were Kim Adamson, Lisa Finlay, Franc Karpo and Les Hill.
Blackwood Trail 10k Race
This small but perfectly formed race was held at Blackwood estate close to Auldgirth on Sunday morning.
The Vasaloppet originated in 1922 as the world's longest cross country ski race, measuring 90km. In more recent years this ski race has been replicated in the summer by a cycle version and, since 2014, a trail race.
Dunoon 10K and Half-Marathon
Dumfries Running Club went on a trip to Dunnoon, from 4 th to 6 th August, where the eleven runners split into the two races on offer, and 350 runners, on the Saturday at this lovely coastal town boasting exotic palm trees along the promenade.
Gelston 5 Mile
As one of the most anticipated races of the year for Dumfries Running Club members, 39 took part in the 5 mile road race that was being run in connection with the Civic Week.
Elswick Express 10 Miles Road Race
Les Hill and Mike Jardine ran the Elswick 10 mile race on Saturday 15th July.
Moffat 15k Race
The Moffat 15k Race is always a popular target for many members of Dumfries Running Club and a superb turnout of 34 joined the field of 185 for the event on Tuesday evening.
West Highland Way Relay Race
On Saturday 24th June, 3 teams from Dumfries Running Club took on the mighty West Highland Way Midsummer Relay Race running from Tyndrum to Fort William in 3 legs.
Anne Macfarlane had an unexpected success.
Langholm Trail 10k
14 members of Dumfries Running Club travelled to Langholm on the 17th of June for the 10th race in the club's Grand Prix series, the Muckletoon Adventure Festival 10k race.
Mid Summer Highland Relay
The Mid Summer Highland Relay is a three person, 43 mile relay covering the northern sections of the West Highland Way from Tyndrum to Fort William. It takes place as part of, and on the same day as, the full 95 mile West Highland Way Race.
The Lhairig Ghru
The Lhairig Ghru is the best known hill-pass in Scotland, climbing to an altitude of 835m as it crosses through the central Cairngorms, one of the wildest areas in the country.
The Comrades Ultra Marathon
Two local Dumfries Running Club athletes, Margaret Gray and Richard McDougal, recently took part in the infamous Comrades Ultra Marathon in South Africa on June 4th.
Mabie Trail Race
The Mabie Trail 10k is a popular race for Dumfries Running Club, and 19 members turned up to support the Dumfries Harriers event on June 11 th .
Simplyhealth Great Women's Run
On Sunday 4 th of June, the ladies of Dumfries Running Club took to Glasgow’s West end and joined over 5,000 women for a celebration of running at the Simplyhealth Great Women’s Run.
Carlisle Tri 10k
The Carlisle tri club 10k has grown into a sharp test of speed that always attracted a high quality field to the start at the Carlisle Race course. The course was relatively flat with only a few undulations to test the 23 Dumfries Running Club members who joined the field of 276 on Wednesday June 7 th .
The 2017 World Trail Championships
The 2017 World Trail Championships were held in the Appenine Mountains in Italy, and Joasia Zakrzewski was part of a 10-strong GB team (4 men and 6 ladies) who joined a total of 288 athletes from 38 nations in the competition.
Lakeland Trails Series - Coniston
The latest in the popular Lakeland Trails Series took place in Coniston on Sunday 4th June and 6 members of Dumfries Running Club took part in either the full or half marathon.
Edinburgh Marathon Festival
On the weekend of the 27th and 28th May 8 members of DRC took part in different events as part of Edinburgh Marathon Festival (EMF) 2017.
Kirkcudbright Half Marathon and Beeches Run
The past few years have seen hot sunny conditions for the Kirkcudbright Half Marathon, and this year, the 34th edition held last saturday, was no exception.
Liverpool Rock n' Roll Marathon
As part one of their quest to become ‘World Rockers’ Paula Craven and Alison McKean travelled to Liverpool to take part in the Rock n’ Roll marathon on Sunday 28th May along with friends from Dumfries Harriers.
On Sunday 21st May 6 DRC members took part in the inaugural Stirling Great Scottish marathon.
Carlisle Urban Trail
Last Wednesday May 17 th 24 Dumfries Running Club members turned out for the third Carlisle urban trail 10k race.
Glen Lyon Ultra
On Saturday 6th May 3 DRC Members made the trip to Perth & Kinross to participate in the Glen Lyon Ultra. The morning of the race saw a beautiful , clear cloudless day.
Ben Lomond Hill Race
On Saturday 13 th May, Ranjit and I decided to head to Rowardennan and join a hundred or so fellow hill runners for a race up Ben Lomond, Scotland’s most southern munro.
Wings For Life World Run
What do you give your parents as a Christmas present when they tell you that they've everything they need already? That's right....a race entry.
Holywood Stroll 2017
This race, held on Tuesday May the 9th attracted a superb entry of 151, just short of the record breaking total, for a well organised 5 mile race on rural roads on the outskirts of Dumfries.
It may come as no surprise to hear of Jo Zakrzewski running a marathon while away on holiday, but it nearly didn't happen.
The Highland Fling
Saturday April 29th saw the running of the 12th Highland Fling Race - a 53 mile trail/mixed terrain race from Milngavie to Tyndrum along the West Highland Way.
Blackpool Half Marathon
Also on Sunday 23rd April, 1,700 took part in the Blackpool marathon and half with 810 in the shorter race including three members of Dumfries Running Club on a day of glorious sunshine and blue skies.
Last Sunday five members of Dumfries Running Club joined 40,000 others plus millions watching live on TV for the Virgin London marathon.
Budapest Half Marathon
On Sunday 9th April Stephen Mohan and Sheila Graham lined up with 30,000 others in the Hungarian capital of Budapest to take part in a combined half marathon, 10k and relay run.
3 Village 10
The second of the weekends two Grand Prix Races took place on Sunday 9 th April.
Screel Hill Race
On Saturday 8 th April, the first of the weekends two Grand Prix Races took place on Screel Hill.
Tom Scott 10 Mile Race
The second event in the road grand prix series, the Tom Scott 10 mile race attracted a smaller than usual turnout of only 7 Dumfries Running club members in a very high quality field of 380.
Scottish National Road Relay Championships
Last Sunday, after a gap of several years, a Dumfries Running Club team took part in the Scottish national road relay championships at Livingston.
Criffel Hill Race
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.
Lakeland Trail Series
The 2017 Lakeland Trail Series got off to a soggy but very successful start with Dumfries Running Club members taking part in the 18km challenge at Cartmel.
Jo Zakrzewski was looking forward to getting away from the British spring climate when she headed over to Cyprus for the Limassol marathon, and so was surprised to land in pouring rain (and "unseasonably cold" weather).
Last Saturday 15 members of Dumfries Running Club travelled to the Yorkshire Dales national park for the 14.1mile Dentdale race which has been a popular yet very challenging event.
On Sunday 5 th March Richard McDougall and Maggie Gray travelled to Edinburgh for the Meadows Marathon – an event organised by students from universities in the Edinburgh area with the aim to raise funds for a number of charities.
Semi-Marathon de Paris
Anne and Sean's story of Paris.
Stranraer Half Marathon
Last Saturday saw a smaller than usual total of 8 club members take part in the Stranraer half marathon.
This year's Netherhall road race incorporated the British Masters' 10 Mile championships.
National Cross Country Championships
After 24 hours of constant heavy rain, fourteen members of Dumfries Running Club travelled to Falkirk to compete in the 2017 National Cross Country Championships over a 10K distance .
Grizedale Trail Race
On Sunday Nicola Allan and Susan Callander travelled to Grizedale forest in the Lake District to compete in the half marathon.
The Resolution 10K took place in Carlisle on Sunday 15th January.
The Triple Crown
In order to mark the sheer difficulty of completing three of Scotland’s most challenging ultra-running events, the triple crown award has been inaugurated.
Christmas Handicap 2016
The highlight of the festive running calendar, the Dumfries Running Club Christmas handicap, was held last Sunday morning on the 5 mile Holywood Stroll course.
Lancaster Half Marathon
Margaret Gray and Richard McDougal travelled to Lancaster on December 4 th to take part in the half marathon.
World 100k Championships
As the sole GB representative at the recent World 100k Championships in Los Alcazares, Spain, Jo Zakrzewski felt that the weight of expectation to do her country proud sat squarely on her shoulders.
Scottish West District Cross Country Championships
On 4th December, I headed to Ayr to compete in my first Scottish West District XC Champs since 2009.
Brampton to Carlisle 2016
This race, now in its 65th year, is one of the classic distance races and has always attracted a high calibre field eager to test themselves against the best runners from Central Scotland and the North of England. Last Sunday 20 Dumfries Running Club members joined the 680 at the William Howard school in Brampton for the 11.30am start.
New York Marathon
It is the ambition of many runners to take part in one of the classic big city marathons and Fiona Jardine of Dumfries Running Club was delighted to get the opportunity to travel to New York to join 51,000 others for the marathon on November 6 th .
Masters International Cross Country
On a weekend when many Scottish sports fans were disappointed, 3 DRC members made the trip up to Tollcross Park for the Masters International Cross Country Race.
Glen Ogle 33
The Glen Ogle 33 Ultra race took place on 5 November with three Dumfries Running Club members taking part.
Marathon Race Times
If anyone has completed a marathon this year and would like to submit a time for inclusion in the Grand Prix tables then email your time and a link to the results of the race to email@example.com
Tinto Hill Race
Seven members of Dumfries RC competed in the famous Tinto hill race on Saturday 12th November.
Derwentwater 10 Miles
The Derwentwater 10 mile road race is a very popular fixture in the lcoal running calendar, and this year (the 57th edition) was no exception with all 500 places selling out well before the event.
JWK Lancaster Half Marathon
Two Dumfries Running Club stalwarts, Lisa Finlay and Les Hill, are both in training for marathons in the near future so opted to go to Lancaster for a half marathon on Sunday 6 th November as part of their build up.
Semi marathon du Bois de Vincennes
The weather in Paris was bright and cold on 23rd October, where Anne + Sean had entered the Semi marathon.
3K on the Green
On Friday the 28th of October Niall Campbell travelled to Glasgow Green to try and break the 10 minute barrier for 3k which has proved elusive for him.
Trail World Championships
Having had a less than ideal build up due to injury, Jo Zakrzewski went out to Portugal as part of the GB team for the Trail World Championships without specific personal goals, but aiming to be someone the team could bank on to finish the race and so ensure a team result.
Rowbothams Round Rotherham 50 Miles Race
Just one week after running 42.5 miles in the Chorley six hours race Les Hill went to Rotherham to tackle this 50 miles trail race.
Loch Rannoch Marathon
Dumfries Running Club members Alison McKean and Simon Mortlock headed north for the second resumed running of the Loch Rannoch Marathon on Sunday 16th October.
Sunday 9th October saw the 4th edition of the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon. Having taken part in 2014, finishing 3rd, and then winning it in 2015, Jo Zakrzewski was invited back to run it again.
Chorley 6 Hour
Margaret Gray and Les Hill of Dumfries Running Club travelled south to Chorley, Lancashire to take on this challenging event.
Starting and finishing in Coniston Hall on the West bank of Coniston Water, the Coniston Trail afforded wonderful views of Coniston Water, the surrounding fells and Grizedale in the distance.
Great Cumbrian Run
The Great Cumbrian Run took place on Sunday 2nd October.
Dalbeattie Hardrock Challenge
Now in its 13 th year, the Dalbeattie Hardrock Challenge has matured into a real highlight of the sporting calendar and attracts runners and riders from all over eager to test themselves in a very tough event.
Great Scottish Run
On Sunday 2nd October 13 Dumfries Running Club members took part in The Great Scottish Run in Glasgow in either the half marathon or 10k which was given 3 hours of live coverage on the BBC as Scotland’s biggest festival of running.
Dumfries Half Marathon
Last Sunday saw the 35 th running of the Dumfries half marathon, which doubled as the 2016 west district championship race.
Scottish Masters Cross Country Trial
Jim Buchanan and Anne Macfarlane entered the Scottish Masters Trial Race ran on Saturday 17th September at Tollcross Park, Glasgow.
On Sunday 11 th September 5 members of Dumfries Running Club made the journey to Stirling to take part in the 10K race.
Kyles 10 Miles
The race website advertised route description is - “The first 6 miles are hilly and challenging, then flattening out for the last 4 miles.”
Lakeland Trails in Keswick
Starting and finishing at Fitz Park in Keswick last Saturday, the Derwentwater Trail took in panoramic views of Derwentwater as well as the surrounding peaks of Skiddaw, Blencathra and the northern fells.
Ben Nevis Hill Race
On Saturday 3rd September the 600 hill runners who were lucky enough to gain entry to the 2016 Ben race converged on Claggan Park in Fort William.
This eagerly anticipated race last Sunday attracted 46 Dumfries Running club members of all standards with the added chance to run in front of friends and family adding impetus to many to bring out good quality performances.
Blackwood Trail 2016
On Sunday 21st August 16 runners from Dumfries Running Club travelled to Glenmidge to take part in the Blackwood Trail Race.
Reykjavik Half Marathon
I travelled to Iceland this weekend to take part in this race.
Glenbrook Trail Marathon
A race might not be everyone's first choice to get over jetlag, especially one with 2,432 feet of elevation gain, but within 24 hours of arriving in Australia, Jo Zakrzewski was heading to the start line of the Glenbrook Trail Marathon in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales.
Isle of Man Marathon
At the Isle Of Man marathon on Sunday, 14th August, Les Hill completed the hilly two lap course in 3 hours 18 minutes 37 seconds to finish 15th.
A last minute decision on Saturday saw Jo Zakrzewski entering the Lowther Half Marathon, but after watching the Rio Olympics for most of the night, she was feeling less than lively as she went to the start line on Sunday.
Devil o' The Highlands 2016
At 6am on Saturday 6 th August in perfect running conditions, 6 members of DRC lined up in Tyndrum to take on the Devil.
Lancaster Prudent Riverside 10
On Sunday 7th August, Sian Finlay and Les Hill travelled to Lancaster for the Riverside 10 mile race.
Lakeland 100 - 2016
The Montane Lakeland 100 is renowned for being the hardest 100 mile race in the UK.
Gelston 5 Miles Road Race 2016
As one of the most anticipated races of the year for Dumfries Running Club members, a record turn- out of 54 club members, nine more than ever before, took part in the 5 mile road race that was being run in connection with the Civic Week.
Saturday 9th July was wet and a bit miserable in the Lake District, though thankfully without the 45mph winds that had been forecast earlier in the week!
Clyde Stride 40 Miles Ultra Marathon
Les Hill secured a late entry for the Clyde Stride and set off on Saturday morning from Partick train station to follow the river to New Lanark in this 40 miles race.
SCOTTISH MASTERS ATHLETICS
On Sunday 17 th July, Jim Buchanan represented Scotland at masters track & field athletics, this was his second Scotland vest to add to his cross country international run last Autumn in Dublin.
Scafell Pike Marathon
On Sunday 10 th July Jacob Tangey and Sue Jeffrey travelled to the North Lakes to take part in the High Terrain Events Scafell Pike Marathon, a 27 mile multi-terrain event taking in a whopping 1700m of ascent, and reaching the summit of England’s highest mountain.
Moffat 15K Race 2016
The Moffat 15k Race is always a popular target for many members of Dumfries Running Club and 24 joined the field of 200 for the event on Tuesday, aided by many others who turned out to support along the route.
SVHC 5K and SKIDDAW FELL RACE
Les Hill has had a busy week by competing in two contrasting races.
At 4am, Saturday 2nd July the early morning alarm rang out in the homes of Joasia Zakrzewski, Dougie Brown, Anne Macfarlane, Sean McGleenan and Hazel Smyth, some of us wondering who's idea was this?
Glasgow Men's 10k
Sean McGleenan has been working towards this 10k race last Sunday, and was really hoping to improve on his time from last year.
Edinburgh Race For Life 10K
Stepping up to complete your first ever race is a big occasion and last weekend Dumfries Running Club’s Elaine Jack and her daughter Lauren took part in the Cancer research Edinburgh Race for Life at Holyrood Park.
Race To The King
Having recently been selected to compete for Team GB again in the Autumn, Jo Zakrzewski celebrated in the way you'd expect of her......with a run.
The Muckle Toon Adventure Festival
This series of events held last weekend attracted walkers, bikers and runners for a festival held in Langholm.
West Highland Way 2016
At 1am on Saturday morning, the gun fired for the start of the annual West High Way Race.
British Police Championships 2016
The British Police Track and Field Championships were held at the Mary Peters track in Belfast last Thursday with Hazel Smyth of DRC representing Police Scotland in the 5000m.
Dalbeattie 10K and Half Marathon 2016
There was an unfortunate clash of races last Sunday with 31 Dumfries Running Club members facing a choice between the two Dalbeattie races and the Mabie Trail event which kicked off at exactly the same time.
Mabie Trail Race 2016
The sun was shining for the annual running of the Mabie Forest 10k Trail Race on Sunday.
Glasgow Women's 10k 2016
This very popular event last Sunday attracted 9,000 including nine members of Dumfries Running Club.
Nairn 10 Miles Race 2016
Sunday 5th June was the Nairn 10 mile road race and club members Sean McGleenan and Anne Macfarlane were in the area for the weekend.
Comrades Marathon 2016
Two Dumfries Running Club members headed to South Africa last week to take part in the oldest and largest ultramarathon race in the world known as the Comrades Marathon.
Saturday June 4th saw the inaugural Lofoten Ultratrail, which Jo Zakrzewski was invited to take part in.
Blencathra Fell Race
On Wednesday 1st June 2016, five DRC runners travelled to the sunny village of Mungrisedale in the North Lakes to compete in the Blencathra Fell Race, the second hill race in the club Hill/Trail Grand Prix series.
Carsphairn Hill Race 2016
On the first Saturday of June each year the Galloway village of Carsphairn holds its annual sheep show.
Kirkcudbright Half Marathon and Beeches Run 2016
The past few years have seen hot sunny conditions for the Kirkcudbright Half Marathon, and this year, the 33rd edition held last Saturday, was no exception.
Carlisle Urban Trail Race 2016
On Wednesday May 18 th 18 Dumfries Running Club members turned out for the second Carlisle urban trail 10k race.
Kentmere Trail Challenge 2016
On 7th may nine DRC members headed to Staveley in the Lake District to take part in the 17k trail challenge.
Old County Tops 2016
The "Old County Tops" is a classic Lake District fell race run in pairs and held every May dating back to 1988.
Galloway Hillbilly Duathlon 2016
On Sunday 4 DRC members travelled West to take part in the increasingly popular Galloway Hillbilly Duathlon.
British Masters Relay Championships 2016
The DRC, subdivision Norn Irn, ladies (Lisa Finlay, Sian Finlay, Hazel Smyth) along with Jo Zakrzewski made the long trip down to Sutton Coldfield for the British Masters Relay Championships on Saturday.
Holywood Stroll 2016
This race, held on Tuesday May the 10th attracted a superb entry of 156, just short of the record breaking total, for a well organised 5 mile race on rural roads on the outskirts of Dumfries.
Highland Fling Ultra Trail race 2016
Saturday April 30th saw the running of the 11th Highland Fling Race - a 53 mile trail/mixed terrain race from Milngavie to Tyndrum along the West Highland Way.
London Marathon 2016
Last Sunday two members of Dumfries Running Club joined 40,000 others plus millions watching live on TV for the Virgin London marathon
Reeth 10K Trail Race
Les Hill competed in the Reeth 10K Trail Race and sent in this report.
Anniversary Waltz Fell Race
On Saturday 16th April DRC members Simon Mortlock and Vicky Hart travelled to the Lake District to take part in the 20th edition of the Anniversary Waltz Fell Race
The Bratislava Marathon, half marathon and relay run took place on Sunday 3rd April.
"Around the Houses" 10K Grangemouth
Jo Zakrzewski travelled to Grangemouth to take part in this race which is in it's 50th year.
Screel Hill Race 2016
The 1st event in the Club Hill/Trail Grand Prix took place on Saturday 9th April.
Caldervale Good Friday 10 Mile Road Race
On 25th March Les Hill travelled to Lancashire to run in the Caldervale Good Friday 10 miles Road Race, near Garstang in fine conditions with little breeze and plenty sunshine.
Criffel Hill Race
The Criffel Hill Race took place on the beautiful sunny afternoon of Sunday 20th March. Sixty-six runners raced up and down Criffel via Knockendock, finishing in New Abbey.
Seven DRC runners took part in the Glenkiln 12 mile race excellently organised by Steve Head and his team of helpers from Dumfries Harriers.
Stephen Mohan and Sheila Graham took advantage of the good weather conditions on Saturday and joined the participants in the Dentdale 14.2 mile race in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Stranraer half marathon
The first race of the 2016 Dumfries Running Club grand prix series saw a smaller than usual total of 15 club members take part in the Stranraer half marathon and the accompanying 4 mile race.
DRC Cross Country Championship
On a wet and chilly Sunday afternoon, five hardie DRC members took to the wet, muddy and slippy playing fields around Annan Academy for the annual ADAC cross country.........
On Sat 13th three Dumfries Running Club runners were lucky enough to gain an entry to the 46th Carnethy 5 hill race near Penicuik in Midlothian. The route which involves ascending & descending 750metres includes 5 peaks and finishes back where the runners started.
Mickey Mouse Marathon
A very excited Kellock family travelled to Florida this January to take part in the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend. James and Kirsteen took part in the marathon on Sunday the 10 th January and their children Heather and Iona took part in the kids races which composed of 200m for 4-6yrs and 400m for 7-9yrs and all the family did the Mickey Mile race on the Saturday.
Cross Border 10k
7 members of Dumfries Running Club travelled to Kingsmoor Park in Carlisle to take part in the 5th cross border 10k on Sunday. Run on a route that goes parallel to the M6, this was the first year that the direction of the route changed with the finish this year at Gretna.
SVHC Road Relays
It was time for DRC to take the trip to Strathclyde Park to mix it with the best Masters Runners from across the country...this year there was added incentive as both the ladies and men's V50 team had titles to defend, whilst the V35 men had a target of trying to be in front of them both for the first three legs...
A Grand Day Out in Cumbria Trail Run
On Saturday January 16th a team of 6 Dumfries Running Club members travelled to Askham for a 10mile trail run across the snow covered and icy Askham fells.
The Devil’s Burden relay
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.
The Fan Dance Winter Edition
10/01/2016 This weekend Craig Malcolmson and Mo Khan made the long journey to the Brecon Beacons National Park to compete in the winter edition of the Fan Dance, a race which covers a total distance of 14.2 miles and has a total climb of 3185ft.
2nd January 2016 was the annual Greenmantle Dash at Broughton. The 3.3k run is advertised as the ideal hangover cure after the exesess of the New Year.
Christmas Handicap 2015
Twenty three runners took part in this year's Christmas Handicap event which took place on the wet and windy morning of Sunday 20th December. Congratulations to this year's winner Sid Oates who ran the five mile Holywood Stroll route in 46.04.
Roseberry Topping Half Marathon
On Sunday 13th December Gemma Leadbetter travelled to The small town of Guisborough in North Yorkshire to take part in the Hardmoors Roseberry Topping Half Marathon.
Hexham Racecourse marathon
Jacob Tangey attempted to beat Sandy’s best marathon time in the club this year with a manly attempt (At short notice) at the Hexham Racecourse Marathon. Read on for Jacob's humorous adventure
Aberdeen Park run
Aberdeen Parkrun On Saturday Jim Buchanan ran the main city parkrun, having stayed on in the area after a nearby work engagement. The weather improved immeasurably through the week from torrential rain and storms, to freezing cold and a slight cross wind. This parkrun is a fast out and back course along the seaside promenade, the dominant characteristic being the North Sea ‘breeze’.
Tinto Hill race
With the SHR calendar drawing to a close, Tinto hill race usually attracts a large crowd. Not even Storm Abigail would deter runners this year with 244 lining up at the start line. Amongst them were Donald Chalmers, Mo Khan, Craig Malcolmson and Simon Mortlock representing DRC.
This race, held last Saturday, has become a well established fixture in the running calendar in Dumfries and Galloway and attracted a very respectable 159 entrants.
Two DRC members Paula Craven and Nicola Allan took part in the Kielder marathon in what is claimed to be 'Britain's most beautiful Marathon'.
Hard Rock Challenge
Now in its 12 th year, the hardrock challenge has matured into a real highlight of the sporting calendar and attracts runners and riders from all over eager to test themselves in a very tough event. The initial part is a 10 mile run on forest trails combined with a highly technical 16 miles on the mountain bike with more than its fair share of difficult descents, tricky climbs and hazards.
Mandy Wins 5k Handicap 2015
The 5K handicap series for 2015 came to a close on Thursday, 1st October, with Mandy Goldie crowning off a good year by clinching the trophy.
On Sunday, Ian Anderson ran the Berlin Marathon. Conditions were near perfect for the forty one thousand people running the 26 miles through the historic German capital.
Lochness Marathon Helen Pedley
I arrived on Saturday with a place for the Marathon but also a 10k place as my back up plan, as training had not gone well and I was not confident about the full 26.2. I decided to go ahead with the marathon and and was up bright and early on Sunday to get the bus to the start line of the marathon at 7:30am in the middle of nowhere.
Lancaster 5k - New Club Record
Ian Liffen continues to go about his training quietly and very effectively and will surprise a few of us with his recent 5 k performnace as reported......
Blacklight 5k Run
On Saturday 26th September 5 DRC members; Christina and Kim Adamson, Susan Bunyan, Saty Burns and Gemma Leadbetter travelled to Edinburgh to take part in the Blacklight 5k run which was held at the Highland Show Ground.
Great North Run
John jarvie travelled to the north east on Sunday 13th September to take part in the Great North run,this was a run John decided to do to raise money for Ataxia uk a condition that's close to his family.After
Hardmoors 60 Ultramarathon
Four races, 260 miles, 13,000 metres ascent – the stats don’t begin to do justice to the Hardmoors Ultra series on the Cleveland Way. Organised by Jon and Shirley Steele, both extraordinary ultra runners themselves, with a team of exceptionally friendly and caring marshals, the races have a real family feel, whilst also being run with professional efficiency. Last Saturday 19 th September saw the last race of the series. Seb Pflanz was one 195 starters on what promised to be a stunning, if rather hot, late summer’s day.
34th DRC Half Marathon
Kind conditions gave participants an excellent race today. A good field pursued DRC prizes, West District Championship honours and an array of club and individual targets. A full race report to follow. Prizewinners and results in article below.
Trail Win & Scotland Vest
Jim Buchanan wins his first Scotland vest, being invited to run in the Masters International Cross Country competition in Dublin this November.
Glenmore Forest Park Race
On Friday 4 th September I finished work and travelled north to Glenmore Forest Park just outside Aviemore to take part in a 12 hour trail race. I am not sure what on earth possessed me to sign up for such an event, as it had been almost 3 years at the time of entering since I had ran anything over half marathon distance
Ben Nevis Race
The first Saturday of September is always an important date in the hill running calendar as it is the day the Ben Nevis hill race is held. This is a popular event with almost 500 runners representing clubs from all over the UK. Lining up for DRC this year were Mo Khan, Craig Malcolmson and Jacob Tangey. Mo reports as follows…
Getting faster in Lancaster Two DRC members made the trip South to take part in the Lancaster 5k on Saturday evening...
Sunday morning in Dock Park in Dumfries was the setting for the 2nd Doonhamer 10k. The sun was splitting the skies, unusual for Dumfries this year, as Race Director Val Mitchell’s well organised race got under way. 29 Dumfries Running Club members took part out of a total 155 finishers, and as usual our runners put on a great show for our home town. Jo was first Lady, Alan 3rd male, and both Jo and Alan were leading the teams that won both womens and mens team prizes. Sian Finlay gained another new PB in what is a great season for her, and evergreen Sandy Shankland completed Gold Standard Plus performances in every distance over the season when winning first male V60. Full finishing places and prizes attached below and a full report will appear in the Standard on Friday
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Now bedded in as a welcome addition to the local racing circuit the 5 th running of the Blackwood 10k trail race last Sunday had warm conditions of sunshine and dry weather for those eager to test themselves on one of the more challenging, yet technical races.
Devil O the Highlands
Two DRC members, Ian Anderson and Alison Groat decided to take on the Devil.....
Lyon World Masters Athletics Championships
Three members of DRC headed over to Lyon for the World Masters Athletics Championships. Les Hill had been out getting to know the lay of the land and supporting his brother in the 5000m, and the brothers were joined by Lisa and Sian Finlay for the half marathon on Sunday 16th August..
Philiphaugh 7 mile hill race.
Craig Malcolmson was the lone DRC member to travel through to the Borders to Selkirk on Sunday for the annual 7 mile hill race . Craig joined 60 other runners for the 5th running of the race & they were fortunate to have decent weather with good underfoot conditions as well .
Club Championship 2015 - Haddington Half Marathon
Haddington half marathon was the venue for this year's DRC Club Championship titles. 13 DRC members made the trip over for the East coast of Scotland race last Saturday, and all acquitted themselves splendidly. The course was windy and hilly with temperatures reaching 24c, which made for a very challenging test of stamina. Jo Zakrzewski won the DRC ladies championship in an impressive time of 1.21.52 and was also First Lady in the half marathon, finishing in 11th place overall. Alan Baxter finished alongside Jo in 12th place, first male over 40, and 2015 DRC men’s champion. Congratulations to both.
Prudent Riverside 10m Lancaster
Sian Findlay travelled to Lancaster to do the Prudent Riverside 10 mile race (formerly the Wagon and Horses race). This is a flat course, on cycle paths and the road, and conditions were good for running.
The Lakeland 50 is regarded as one the greatest ultra running and walking challenges in Europe. It is run over the second half of the Lakeland 100 Ultra Tour of the Lake District, completing the final 50 miles of the 100 course. The Lakeland 100 starts at 6pm on the Friday evening and the Lakeland 50 starts at 11:30am on the Saturday morning of race weekend. The 50 however is not the ‘easy option’. To complete it requires a huge commitment, firstly to train for it and then to run it. And then you need more commitment and determination to actually finish it when many who have attempted it over the years have not.
GAA Miler Meet
On Friday night Jim Buchanan travelled to the latest edition of the GAA Miler Meets, a night of graded (and mixed male/female) 1500m and 5000m races and incorporating the Scottish Athletics District 5000m Championships (senior).
Gelston 5 Mile Race
As one of the most anticipated races of the year for Dumfries Running Club members, 44 club members, one short of the maximum ever number of club participants, took part in the 5 mile road race that was being run in connection with the Civic Week. In total, the club provided almost a third of the entire field taking part and as well as this at least 10 other club members were out on the course marshalling or supporting and in addition a good proportion of the finishing crowd were friends and family of DRC members which gave an added impetus to tired runners.
Snowdon Supercup 2015
Jo simply can't keep off those Welsh mountains and reported on her latest Snowdon mountain race performance as follows ......
Ultimate Trails 55K Challenge, Lake District
On Saturday 27th June four DRC members, Kim and Christina Adamson, Jo Pennington and Gemma Leadbetter travelled to Ambleside to embark upon their first Ultramarathon event...
The Dragon's Back, Wales
The legendary Dragon’s Back Race follows the mountainous spine of Wales from Conwy Castle in the north to Carreg Cennen Castle in the south. This incredible 5-day journey is approximately 300 kilometres long with 16,000 metres of ascent across wild, trackless, remote and mountainous terrain. It is not a trail race, it is one of the hardest mountain races in the world...
The Glasgow Mens 10k
Spaces at the 10th Anniversary Glasgow Men's 10k were limited but DRC runner Sean McGleenan was one of those who got in quickly enough. Uniquely it was the only pre-race briefing he can remember where anyone caught 'relieving themselves' along the way would be instantly disqualified!..
The West Highland Way Race
The most difficult challenge on the Scottish running calendar, the 95 mile West Highland Way race, took place over the weekend of 20th/21st June. Starting from Milngavie near Glasgow to Fort William, the event attracted a bumper international field of 187 and amongst them was one of the most experienced members of Dumfries Running Club, Marian McPhail, who had been training for nearly a year for this race...
Mabie Trail Race
After a week of rather un-Scottish hot sunny weather, the day of the Mabie Trail race dawned cool and overcast. The overnight rain had stopped but it made people wonder whether they would still be able to get away with road shoes or if they needed to dig out better gripping trail shoes...
Dalbeattie Half Marathon and 10K
The Dalbeattie Half Marathon an 10k were held on the morning of Sunday 14th and this year attracted a slightly lesser number of Dumfries Running Club members than usual with three in the Half Marathon and six in the 10k...
Durisdeer Hill Race
It's not often the local Hill Running fraternity have the chance to compete in a local hill race which doubles as a Scottish Championship let alone a British championship race. All eyes were on Durisdeer on Saturday 13th June where almost 270 hardened hill runners gathered in the sleepy hamlet of Durisdeer near Thornhill for a race that covered 10.5 miles and an ascent/descent of around 3,800 feet...
Lakeland Trail Series, Coniston.
On Sunday the 2015 Lakeland Trail Series of races continued in Coniston with the Trail Marathon and Half Marathon. Dumfries Running Club was represented by six runners across the events...
Blencathra Fell Race, Threlkeld
Simon Mortlock joined a record turnout of 157 runners at Mungrisdale for this year's Blencathra Fell Race, held on the evening of Wednesday 3rd June...
Comrades Marathon, Durban
The Comrades, known as the biggest and oldest ultramarathon in the world, is an annual road race between Durban and Pietermaritzburg in South Africa. The race alternates in direction year by year, usually measuring about 87km in an "up year" and 89km in a "down year". There were 3 Dumfries Running Club members amongst the 22,000 registrants for the 90th edition of this iconic race. 2015 was an up year, but roadworks meant a diversion was in place so the actual distance run was over 88km...
Carrauntoohil Hill Race
On Saturday 30th May, the Irish Mountain Running Association held the Carrauntoohil race. Mo Khan made the journey over to Kerry to meet up with his Irish hill running comrades and tackle the highest peak in Ireland. Mo reports as follows…
Blackpool Promenade 10 mile race
On Saturday 30th May, Danny Queen travelled to a blustery Blackpool to take part in the seaside town's Promenade 10 mile race and was rewarded with a fine run...
EMF Festival of Running, Edinburgh
Nine of the Club's runners took part in a variety races held during the weekend long Edinburgh Festival of Running...
2015 DRC Hill Race Championship, Lotus Hill.
Lotus Hill near Beeswing was once again the venue for the Club's Hill Race Championship and 13 runners took their place on the start line for organiser Ranjit Thomas's pre-race briefing...
Kirkcudbright Half Marathon and Beeches Run
The past few years have seen hot sunny conditions for the Kirkcudbright Half Marathon, and this year, the 32nd edition, was no exception. 18 Dumfries Running Club members raced over the half marathon distance with others completing the 11.2K Beeches run, while yet more were out on the course offering much appreciated encouragement...
Hardmoors 110 Ultra
On Saturday 23rd May, Sebastian Pflanz fulfilled a long standing engagement when he lined up at the start of the Hardmoors 110 Ultra in the North Yorkshire town of Helmsley...
Carlisle Urban Trail 10K
The Carlisle Urban Trail Race was the first race in the Dumfries Running Club Trail Grand Prix and the second race in the Carlisle 10K series. Nine runners from DRC took on the challenge...
The Hillbilly Duathlon, Kirroughtree.
Six DRC members took part in the Hillbilly Duathlon which took place in Kirroughtree forest on Sunday 17th May. Now in its second year, this was part of a weekend of events with junior races taking place on the Saturday and the senior race on the Sunday...
Simon Mortlock was Dumfries Running Club's sole representative at Sunday's 9th edition of the Windermere marathon...
Morrisons Great Women's 10k, Glasgow
It was another successful year for the ladies of Dumfries Running Club at the Women's 10k in Glasgow with a number achieving PB's...
The British Inter Counties Fell Running Championships
The 2015 British Inter Counties Fell Running Championships were held on Saturday 16th May in Betwys-Y-Coed, Wales. Dumfries Running Club's Jo Zakrzewski was taking part representing the West of Scotland. The following report tells how she got on over the two lap, 10.16K course which involved 462m of climbing and descent...
2015 Holywood Stroll
This year's race, held on Tuesday May the 12th attracted a superb entry of 177, just short of last year’s record breaking total, for a well organised 5 mile race on rural roads on the outskirts of Dumfries...
Wings For Life World Run
The Wings For Life World Run is a unique concept for a race in which runners in 35 venues all around the world begin to race simultaneously, be it day or night wherever they are. Organised by Red Bull, the event aims to raise awareness of spinal cord injury with all proceeds going towards the non-profit Wings For Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation...
Self Transcendence 5k (inc Scottish Champs)
This year, four runners from DRC competed in the Scottish 5K Championships road race at Silverknowes Esplanade in Edinburgh. Niall Campbell reports on their race...
The London Marathon
In its 35th year, the London marathon continues to provide a challenge for the 36,000 who take part and the chance to run past many of the capital’s iconic landmarks as well as appear in the live coverage on the BBC means the race is as popular as ever...
Yorkshire Three Peaks Race
Saturday April 25 saw the 61st edition of the Yorkshire Three Peaks Race. This is an iconic fell race which covers 23.5 miles and ascends over 5000 feet over the three summits of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Dumfries Running Club's Jo Zakrzewski took to the start line with over 1000 other runners...
The Highland Fling Ultra
Few events can encapsulate the hard work, effort and dedication shown by members of Dumfries Running Club any better than the 53 mile Highland Fling ultra race which took place on Saturday 25th April. There were 11 individual Club runners plus a 4 person relay team as well as 9 supporting or helping in the race...
On Sunday 19th April DRC member Sarah Lancaster took part in her first ever marathon when she did the Manchester Marathon...
Lakeland Trails Series, Hawkshead
On Saturday 18th April, Christina Adamson, Kim Adamson, Gemma Leadbetter and Joanne Pennington headed to Hawkshead to take part in the 17km Trail Challenge as part of training for their first ultra marathon distance event in June...
On 12th April, a trio of the Club's runners, Kirsteen and James Kellock and Theresa Lavery ventured over to the beautiful city of Paris and took part in both the Paris Marathon and the previous day's breakfast run...
Screel Hill Race
The forecast rain stayed away on Saturday 11th April and so the five DRC runners who took on the Screel Hill race were rewarded with sunny 360 degree views from the summit ridge, (even if the wind gusts did almost blow some of the lighter runners over!)...
Loughrigg Fell Race
On Wednesday 8th April, Ambleside AC once again played host to the popular Loughrigg Fell race and five keen Fell runners from Dumfries made the journey to the Lakes to participate...
Tom Scott Memorial 10 mile road race
On a very warm and sunny Easter Sunday, 13 Dumfries Running Club members lined up in a field of 300 in the Tom Scott 10 road race, the second counting event in the DRC Grand Prix series for the year...
Crossmichael Marathon and Half Marathon
After a break of several years, Crossmichael Events held it's marathon on Sunday 29 March. There were also options of a half marathon and team relay event...
Criffel Hill Race
Nine Dumfries Running Club members turned up in the heart of New Abbey for this annual slog from the Corn Mill to Criffel summit and back. The race is now organised by Ranjit Thomas and with the help of Sandy and Linda Shankland, it again went like clockwork...
On Sunday 22nd March, five club members, Margaret Gray, Mark Hall, Sarah Lancaster, Gemma Leadbetter and Chris Wilson, travelled to Lancaster to take part in the Trimpell 20 race...
Hardmoors 55 Ultra
Saturday 21st March saw the 6th running of the Hardmoors 55 Trail race and as in the previous two years the course was run from Guisborough to Helmsley, following the Cleveland Way, a distance of 55 miles mostly on trail, with a total climb and descent of 2,700 metres. Seb Pflanz took part for the second time, having previously had a good run in the event in 2014...
The Glenkiln 12 miles race
This low key race, well organised by Dumfries Harriers gave several DRC runners a chance to gauge early season form and for a trio of runners to see if they could manage two races on consecutive days...
The New York City Half Marathon
Central Park was the iconic setting for the start of the 2015 New York City Half Marathon and Dumfries Running Club members Danny Queen and daughter Sarah lined up alongside the 20,000 other competitors running on the streets of 'The Big Apple'...
14 members of DRC kicked the 2015 Grand Prix off with the Dentdale 14.2 mile race. It was a cold and breezy day, but luckily the snow stayed on the surrounding hills rather than appearing on the course! Recent rains added to the interest as the route was slightly flooded at the 7 mile point, but a more interesting feature of the hilly race was the llamas in a field at 11 miles...
BMAF 10 mile Championships, Sidcup.
The Sidcup 10 mile road race was chosen to host the 2015 British Masters' 10 Mile Championships and for Dumfries Running Club's Jo Zakrzewski, it was also an opportunity to catch up with one of her GB teammates from last year's 100k...
The Inverness Half Marathon
On Saturday 7th March Sid and Linda Oates along with Gemma Leadbetter made a trip north to take part in the Inverness Half Marathon...
Stranraer Half Marathon
On Saturday, five members of Dumfries Running Club travelled to Stranraer to take part in the town's half marathon and despite the weekend's windy conditions all did very well. Kirsteen Kellock was one of the Club members in the race and reports as follows...
The Vitality Bath Half Marathon
On Sunday, March 1st, Helen Pedley travelled south to fly the flag for the Club at the Bath Half Marathon... she sent the following account of the race...
2015 DRC Cross Country Championships, Kingholm
For the 2015 DRC XC championships, there was a new venue and hence a new course, so a record turnout and course records were guaranteed...
The Netherhall 10
On Sunday 22nd, Les Hill optimistically hoped the weekend weather forecasters might have had an off day and set off to Maryport to take part in the Malcolm McDougal Memorial Netherhall 10, he reports as follows...
After the dramas she experienced at the start of last year's Seville marathon, Dumfries Running Club's Jo Zakrzewski has avoided races with mass starts, but the race organisers kindly invited her back this year to try to put her demons to rest...
Carnethy 5 hill race
On Saturday February 14th, six members of DRC made the journey to Penicuik to run the Carnethy 5 hill race... Mo Khan reports...
Carlisle Resolution 10k
The Carlisle Resolution 10k had originally been postponed due to snowy/icy conditions, but the rescheduled date of Sunday Feb 1st dawned clear and bright. Although very sunny, there was an icy wind, so there was a lot of last minute kit debate amongst the 4 members of Dumfries Running Club who'd risked travelling down again to take part in the event...
Scottish National Masters Cross Country Championships, Kilmarnock
On Saturday 31st January three of Dumfries Running Club’s Super Vets travelled to Kilmarnock to compete in the Scottish National Masters Cross Country Championships. Seb Pflanz, Jim Buchanan and Les Hill made up the team of three for the V50 to V60 categories...
Master class from DRC
Although rather early in the year for many people to be thinking about racing, the Scottish Masters Relay championships is always a popular event and this year was no exception with 80 teams entered, of which 3 were from Dumfries Running Club...
That's Lyth, Kendal.
On Sunday January 25th six of the more determined Dumfries Running Club members were down to take part in the That’s Lyth event starting and finishing at Kendal in the South Lakes...
The Devil's Burden Relay
Six members of Dumfries Running Club completed the Devil’s Burden relay on a beautiful clear crisp day, starting and finishing close to the village of Falkland in Fife...
Feel The Burns race, Selkirk
On Sunday 18th January, Dumfries Running Club’s Norman Neilson, Craig Malcolmson and Kerry Walker travelled to Selkirk for the third 'Feel the Burns' race...
The Greenmantle Dash, Broughton
Six Club members joined the large field in the ever popular Greenmantle dash at Broughton village near to Biggar on Friday January 2nd...
Hardmoors 30 Ultra
Three DRC members made the long trip to Robins Hoods Bay on the East Coast to join 199 other runners to take part in the annual New Year's Day 30 mile ultra race in which runners usually have to contend with gales, rain and mud...
2014 DRC Christmas Handicap
Sunday morning saw 20 members lace up their racing shoes for the final event in the Club's 2014 competition calendar, the annual Christmas Handicap...
Barcelona 12 Hour Track race
Vicky Hart had plans for one more race in 2014 and travelled to Barcelona to take part in the 12 hours track race held as part of the annual Ultra festival. Vicky reports on her run as follows...
Glasgow Santa Run
Dumfries Running Club’s Kirsteen and James Kellock travelled with their two daughters Heather and Iona to take part in the Glasgow Santa run last weekend...
2014 DRC Handicap Series
Thursday 11th saw the curtain come down on the 2014 DRC Handicap series with 16 runners taking part in the final event of the year...
World 100k Championships, Doha, Qatar
After barely a fortnight back at work, Dumfries Running Club's Jo Zakrzewski found herself on her way back to Qatar, this time as a member of Team GB, competing in the World 100k Championships...
DRC monthly 5k Handicap series, November.
The November round of the DRC 5k Handicap series saw a great turnout of 27 runners testing themselves over an accurately measured course consisting of 2 laps of the cycle path, Tinwald Downs Rd, Edinburgh Rd circuit...
Brampton to Carlisle 10 mile race
Last Sunday 21 members of Dumfries Running Club took part in one of the blue riband events on the local racing circuit, the 63rd Brampton to Carlisle 10 mile road race...
The Autumn Shakespeare Marathon
With an ambition to set a PB for the marathon before the end of the year, Vicky Hart entered the Autumn Shakespeare Marathon at Stratford-Upon-Avon, she reports as follows...
Newcastle Town Moor 10K
On Sunday 9th November DRC member Linda Oates took part in the Newcastle Town Moor Memorial 10k and reports as follows...
Tinto Hill race
Last Saturday five members of Dumfries Running Club joined the field of 246 in tackling the Tinto Hill race in Lanarkshire...
Derwentwater 10, Keswick
On Sunday 15 club members travelled to Keswick to take part in the 55th Derwentwater 10 mile race which was the penultimate counter in the 2014 Best All Rounder championships...
Newcastle Town Moor Marathon
Sandy Shankland was the sole Dumfries Running Club member to take part in the Newcastle Town Moor marathon on Sunday 2nd November...
'Run With The Wind' 10k, Strathaven.
On Sunday 2nd November, Vicky Hart and Margaret Gray travelled to Strathaven to take part in the Run With The Wind 10k. Vicky sent the following report of their race...
On the first day of November, Kirseen and James Kellock headed west along the A75 to take part in the Stranraer 10k... Theresa Lavery reports...
The Glen Ogle 33
On Saturday 1st November Alison Groat took part in her second ultra marathon of the year - the Glen Ogle, she reports on her race experience as follows...
Silver medal for Jo in the World Trophy 50k.
The gales and torrential rain that have been widespread across Dumfries and Galloway were not exactly ideal weather to prepare for a race in the Middle East, so when Dumfries Running Club's Jo Zakrzewski got off the plane in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday, she was hit by a wall of heat and humidity and had no idea how she'd fare in Friday's World Trophy 50k final...
The 3 peaks Ultra, Jedburgh
On Saturday October 25th Frank Skachill joined a field of 132 in the three peaks 38 mile ultra run in Jedburgh...
Sunday was a popular day for marathons and the Amsterdam Marathon was another event with DRC representation with 5 of its members in the field. Susan Gallagher took the time to let us know how she got on...
Marathon Palma de Mallorca
Vicky Hart took the opportunity of a family holiday in the Mediterranean to take part in the Marathon Palma de Mallorca and sent the following report on her run in the sun...
Round Rotherham Relay
Last Saturday saw 5 Dumfries Running Club members travel to Yorkshire to take part in one of the friendliest events on the running calendar, the Round Rotherham relay...
The Himalayan 100 mile Stage race
About 11 years ago, when he first read about the Himalayan 100 mile Stage Race in the Runner's World Magazine, Dumfries Running Club’s Richard McDougal immediately added it to his 'bucket list' with the intention of doing it to mark his 60th birthday...
Lowther 10K Trail Race
After a break since August, the 2014 DRC Grand Prix series resumed with 15 travelling to Penrith on Sunday morning to take part in the Lowther trail race...
The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon
Dumfries Running Club's Jo Zakrzewski and Joyce Hamilton joined the field of some 7,000 for the 2nd running of the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon. Jo is steadily building up her running towards her main goal of the 100k World Championships in November and since the invite to take part the race came at an ideal time to fit in with her training, she jumped at the opportunity to run with others and experience another mass start...
The Manor Water Hill race
On Saturday 11th, Mo Khan continued his love affair with Scottish hill races when he travelled to Peebles to take part in the Manor Water hill race. Mo reports...
Dalbeattie Hardrock Challenge
This year, the Dalbeattie Hardrock Challenge attracted a slightly smaller than usual group of DRC members, however there were still 12 of it's ranks to be found testing themselves on the event's 10 mile running section through the forest...
The Great Scottish Run
This year's Great Scottish Run hosted a fantastic international field over a new course round the streets and parks of Glasgow. Several DRC runners also took up the challenge, and here is how they got on....
The Great Cumbrian Run
On Sunday morning six DRC members joined the 1,220 strong field gathered at Carlisle Castle for the Great Cumbrian run...
Neil McCover Half Marathon
On Sunday, 5th October, Les Hill returned to Kirkintilloch for his second Neil McCover Half Marathon, confident of beating last year’s time of 95 minutes but not so confident of beating his targeted 91 minutes. He reports as to how he got on....
Coniston Trail Challenge
On Saturday 4th October, Susan Graham travelled down to Coniston to take part in the tenth anniversary running of the Lakeland Trails Coniston Trail Challenge race...
DRC Monthly 5K Handicap
Grabbing the chance to race on the summer 5K route for the final time in 2014, 22 members took part in the October round of the Club's year long handicap series...
Haltwhistle Half Marathon
Sunday 28th September saw the first running of the Haltwhistle Half Marathon and Vicky Hart decided to use the race as part of her final preparations for her target of the Majorca Marathon next month. Vicky reports as follows...
Loch Ness Marathon
Four members of DRC made the journey to Inverness to take part in the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running on the 28th of September. Alison Groat let us know how they got on....
Two Breweries Hill Race
This is an 18 mile run in the beautiful Scottish Borders from Traquair House in Innerleithen to Broughton, and contains over 4,900 feet of climb. Jacob Tangey represented Dumfries Running Club in the 31st edition and reports as follows...
2014 Dumfries Half Marathon
For the 33rd running of the Dumfries Half Marathon, the organisation was taken over by Mark Johnston and Alan Baxter, who arranged a new route starting and finishing in the grounds of Dumfries and Galloway College...
Merrick Hill Race
On Sunday 21st September three DRC runners took to the Galloway hills rather than the roads of the Dumfries Half Marathon and were rewarded with some stunning late summer weather...
The High Peak 40, Buxton
On 20th September, Les Hill returned to the High Peak 40 hoping to get close to his previous time of 6 hours 45 minutes. This 40 miles race is part of the Runfurther Trail series which Les has set as his main goal for 2014...
City of Stirling 10k (incl. Scottish Champs)
Four runners from DRC took part in the Stirling 10k in a very fast field of 803 runners. Niall Campbell reports as follows...
Ben Nevis Hill Race
On Saturday 6th September, 4 hardy DRC runners made the annual pilgrimage to Fort William for the Ben Nevis hill race. Craig Malcolmson's report follows...
Scottish Half Marathon
Saturday 6th September was the date set for the inaugural Scottish Half Marathon, which started just outside Edinburgh at Meadowmill Sports Centre and finished at Musselburgh Racecourse. Dumfries Running Club's Susan Callendar was amongst those keen to check out this new event...
DRC Monthly Handicap latest
On Thursday, the September round in the year long DRC monthly handicap series took place on the Holywood road course...
Monday Night 5k
On 1st September, a timed run was organised over the Holywood 5K route for the Monday Night group and 29 people took the opportunity to record a time for the distance...
A Grand Tour for Les
Les Hill is well known amongst his DRC clubmates as a prolific race enthusiast and during August, armed with his copy of the 'UK Race Guide' and his running shoes, he set out to add a few more to his tally...
Five DRC members travelled to Carlisle to run in the Cross Border 10k Challenge from Gretna to Carlisle on a warm and sunny Sunday morning (August 31). Here is how they got on...
The Doonhamer 10K
The inaugural Doonhamer 10k last Sunday, expertly organised by Ian Anderson and Steve Head and their team of helpers from Dumfries Harriers, attracted 22 members of Dumfries Running Club to join a field of 196 eager to test themselves on the brand new route...
The Blackwood Trail 10k
The Blackwood Trail 10K took place on Sunday 24th and saw 21 Club members take part. The runners were no doubt very appreciative of the excellent post race refreshments laid on by organiser Frank Skachill and his team, but judging by the accompanying photo, they would have perhaps been a little less impressed by the primitive showering facilities!...
Lomonds of Fife Hill race
The sleepy village of Strathmiglo in Fife was a hive of activity this Sunday when it hosted the Lomonds of Fife hill race. Being a championship race, almost 200 runners, including DRC's Mo Khan, entered the event. BBC Alba were also present to film the event, bringing some much needed glamour to the Scottish hill racing scene! Mo reports as follows...
Coll Half Marathon and 10k
Two members of Dumfries Running Club headed over to the island of Coll to take part in the Half marathon on the 16th August. The event is now in its 5th year and comprises of a half marathon run, 10K, 5K, 1K and the half marathon walk so there is really no excuse not to take part. Alison Groat and Kirsteen Kellock took part with several of the Dumfries Harriers and Kirsteen reports as follows...
Pikes Peak Ascent
Dumfries Running Club's Joasia Zakrzewski doubted that she had fully recovered from competing in the marathon in the Commonwealth games, but the other Scottish girls insisted she joined them to run the World Mountain Running Championships in Colorado on the 16th of August 2014. Jo reports...
August 5k Handicap
There was healthy turn out of 20 participants for the August Handicap with all seeming to enjoy their run...
Commonwealth Games Marathon
On Sunday morning, Jo Zakrzewski donned her Scotland vest and took her place on the start line of the 2014 Commonwealth Games Marathon...
Gelston 5 miles race, Castle Douglas
The Gelston 5 miles road race has always been a popular event for Dumfries Running Club and this year was no exception with 40 members making the short midweek trip to Castle Douglas to take part...
Eiger Ultra Trail race
Over the weekend of 19th-20th, Grindewald, otherwise known as the glacier village, hosted the Eiger Ultra Trail races. Amongst the international field gathered for the event was Mo Khan representing DRC in the 16k event. Mo sent the following report...
The Moffat 15k Race is always a popular target for many members of Dumfries Running Club and on Tuesday 33 joined the field of 157 for this year's event, with many others turning out to support along the route. Steve Mohan sent the following report...
On Saturday 28th June, 5 members of DRC took the journey to Lancaster to take part in one of the Lancaster 5km races held as part of a series over the summer. Taking advantage of the flat, fast course, many were hoping for times to match...
The Dalbeattie 10k was nominated as this year's DRC Championship event and it was Steven Smith and Mhairi Duff who emerged as the 2014 Club Champions... Report by Steve Mohan ...
The 2014 West Highland Way race
Jacob Tangey and Marian McPhail, joined the field of 193 starters taking part in this year's race along the 95 mile length of the West Highland Way...
Durisdeer and Hind Hill races
The Durisdeer hill race took place on Saturday 14th June and Kerry Walker joined a field of 35 runners running at noon in hot conditions on a route which covered 10.5 miles and with climbs totaling 1,300 metres...
The Black Rock 5
On Friday 13th, Sue Jeffrey and Mo Khan travelled to Kinghorn in Fife to take part in the classic Black Rock 5 race, Sue reports as follows...
Mabie Trail Race
On Sunday 8th June, the popular Mabie Trail 10k race attracted a field of 73 for a challenging event that showcases the varying trails and off road routes around the forest...
Carlisle Tri Club 10k and Gourock 10k
Les Hill has been busy, managing to take part in two 10k races in the space of a week. On Wednesday 4th June he was joined by Mark Hall on the start line of the Carlisle Tri Club 10k, this was followed by the Gourock 10k on Saturday 7th...
Lotus Hill Race
The 2014 DRC Hill Championship was held on Thursday June 5th on Lotus Hill. The earlier rain cleared to leave a fine summer's evening enjoyed by the 17 runners, marshals and midgies alike...
2014 Comrades Ultra Marathon
DRC was represented on the start line of the 2014 Comrades Marathon by Craig Malcolmson who made the long trip to South Africa for the 89th running of the 'Ultimate Human race'. Craig joined around 17,000 other runners from all parts of the world for this years down run from Pietermaritzburg to Durban 89k (56mile)...
Blackpool Promenade 10 mile race
On Saturday 31st May, Linda Oates took advantage of the warm 22 degree conditions with a trip to Blackpool to take part in the Promenade 10 Mile Race...
Beddgelert-Wyddfa Challenge, Wales.
On Sunday May 25th, Jo Zakrzewski took part in a tough new event in Snowdonia, the Beddgelert-Wyddfa Challenge, a mainly uphill race which incorporated the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships trial...
Edinburgh Marathon and Half Marathon
On Sunday 25th, the Edinburgh Marathon and accompanying Half Marathon was the focus of attention for five Club members, each of whom had trained for months for the challenge of the race that bills itself as the fastest marathon course in the country...
Kirkcudbright Half Marathon and Beeches Run
This very popular pair of events were the focus for 38 members of Dumfries Running Club with 24 taking part in the Half Marathon and 14 in the Beeches run...
Edinburgh Marathon Festival 10k
On Saturday 24th May, Niall Campbell ran in the EMF 10k on a beautiful but hilly course around Arthur's Seat. As can be imagined, this is definitely not a course with much PB potential, with the first 2.5km of the race being uphill for starters!..
The Carlisle City Urban Trail race
The Carlisle City Urban Trail race is a new event run by Sport in Action who also organise the Longtown 10 mile road race. It’s described as a run taking place largely on city trails, only a stones throw away from the city centre, with many a twist and turn along the way. There are two courses, one advertised as 4.2 miles and the other 7.8 miles. Dumfries Running Club was represented at the event by Louise Brown, Sue Jeffrey, Mo Khan, Steve Smith and David Burns...
Intercounties Fell Running Championships, Blackburn
The British Intercounties Fell Running Championships was held on Sunday in Witton Park, Blackburn. DRC's Jo Zakrzewski was selected to run for the West of Scotland and so headed down there to race. She wasn't really sure how she'd fare on a shorter faster course with steep downhills, but decided to give it a go...
Two 'Ultras' in 8 days
On Saturday 10th May, Les Hill tackled the Kintyre Way Short Ultra. The reason for it being called the short ultra is because it is 'only' 35.5 miles!.. the long one run on the same day covers a distance of 67 miles...
Gypsy Glen hill race, Peebles.
On Wednesday May 14th, Jacob Tangey took part in the Gypsy Glen hill race. From its start in Peebles, the race covers a short, fast, 5 mile out and back route with 1000 metres of ascent. Jacob reports...
Latrigg Fell Race
The Latrigg Fell race is one of the longest running fell races in the Lake District. This year, as in previous years, it has been the opening event for the Keswick Mountain Festival which takes place every May. Dumfries Running Club was represented by Mo Khan and Sue Jeffrey, with Sue reporting as follows....
21st Holywood Stroll
Over the 21 years it has been run, the race has gone from strength to strength and with the best results team in the business, Sandy and Linda Shankland, along with Audrey Brown, aided by a whole host of helpers from Dumfries Running Club making sure things went smoothly, this year's event proved to be the best yet...
Alison Groat became the envy of her club-mates as she decided that she would like to give a triathlon a go and decided she may as well do it somewhere hot. She and her friend, Shona Brown took part in the Girlz on Fire Sprint Triathlon in Clermont, Florida on the 11th May. This consisted of a 0.5 mile swim, 12.4 mile cycle and a 3 mile run.
Glasgow Women's 10K
An impressive turnout of 21 Dumfries Running Club members took part in last Sunday’s Glasgow Womens 10k...
2014 Self Transcendence 5K (Inc Scottish Championships)
On Wednesday 7th May, Lisa Finlay and Niall Campbell travelled to Silverknowes in Edinburgh to take part in the annual Self Transcendence 5k...
Wings for Life World Run
Jo Zakrzewski was invited down to Silverstone for the weekend to take part in the first Wings for Life World Run. This is an interesting new concept of a race organised by Red Bull to raise money for the non-profit Wings For Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation...
Reeth Trail race, Yorkshire
May bank holiday weekend has become a traditional time for Dumfries Running Club members to take part in a training weekend and this year the venue was the village of Reeth in the Yorkshire Dales where 8 club members gathered for a weekend of trail running combined with food, drink, socialising and good company...
Stuc a' Chroin 5000
On Saturday 3rd May, there was a good turnout of 163 runners for the annual Stuc a' Chroin hill race, amongst them was DRC's Jacob Tangey who gave his version of events as follows...
Great Lakeland 3 Day
On the May bank holiday weekend Susan Graham took part in the GL3D, a small friendly mountain marathon held in the Lake District...
Highland Fling Ultra Trail race
Saturday April 26th saw the running of the 9th Highland Fling Race - a 53 mile trail/mixed terrain race from Milngavie to Tyndrum along the West Highland Way. Six members of DRC were involved in this year's event and here is how they got on....
The Hunters Bog Trot
On Saturday afternoon, HBT running club held their annual race, the Bog Trot. There are few cit ies that can boast to hosting a hill race in their centre, and Edinburgh is one of them. Jacob Tangey and Mo Khan took advantage of the glorious weather to represent DRC at Holyrood this weekend, and Mo reports as follows...
Loughrigg Fell Race
On Wednesday night, 16th April, Sue Jeffrey, Mo Khan and Les Hill travelled to sunny Ambleside to tackle the Loughrigg fell race. Not only was it sunny but also calm, making for perfect running conditions...
Tom Scott 10 mile race
With Strathclyde Park currently undergoing work in preparation for the Commonwealth Games, this year's Tom Scott 10 mile race was faced with a switch of venue and as a result the 2014 race started and finished at the John Cumming Athletics Stadium in Carluke...
2014 Virgin Money London Marathon
On Sunday, seven DRC members joined the field of 36,000 runners who took to the capital's streets for the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon. Kevin Conchar and Susan Gallagher sent the following accounts of their race experiences...
Screel Hill race
Saturday April 12 was the day of the second race in the Dumfries and Galloway Hill Running Championship. Many people underestimate Screel Hill Race when they hear that it is only 3.5 miles long, but it is not for the faint-hearted as it involves over 1,300 feet of ascent and descent...
On Saturday 12th April, Les Hill tackled his second event in the Runfurther Ultra Race Series when he took part in the Calderdale Hike 37 miles fell race in Yorkshire. The competitors have to navigate their way around fifteen check points before finishing at Sowerby Cricket club from where over 100 of them had set off many hours earlier.
DRC Treasure Hunt
Tuesday evening training took on a fun aspect in the form of a Treasure Hunt and was designed for groups of runners to test their local knowledge as well as their fitness...
Longtown 10 mile road race
The misty mizzly weather didn't deter 19 members of DRC from participating in the 2nd running of the Longtown 10, the second race in the club's 2014 road race Grand Prix...
DRC Monthly 5k Handicap Series
Thursday saw the monthly 5K Handicap series return to it's summer venue on the Holywood road...
jogscotland group graduate.
The true versatility of Dumfries Running Club was illustrated this week when 21 members of the jogscotland group graduated on Monday after a 10 week supported programme to encourage newcomers to take part in sport...
World Masters Half Marathon, Budapest.
Sian and Lisa Finlay have just returned from a fantastic few days at the World Masters Championships in beautiful Budapest and Lisa sent the following report on their very successful trip...
Wilmslow Half Marathon
On Sunday 23rd March, Sarah Lancaster took part in the Wilmslow half marathon in Cheshire..
Hardmoors 55 Ultra Trail race
Last Saturday 22nd March saw the 5th edition of the Hardmoors 55 Ultra trail race. Seb Pflanz, who was participating for the first time, was DRC's sole representative at the event... Seb reported as follows...
Criffel Hill Race 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...
Haworth Hobble 32 mile fell race
On Saturday 15th March, Les Hill, tackled his first ultra in nearly two years. He picked a tough race to make his comeback, at least 30 miles of the total is off road and there are nine hills that have more competitors walking the ascents than running up. The total climb is 4,400 feet, a similar height to Ben Nevis...
On Saturday, Alison Groat made her debut into the world of ultra marathons at the D33...
Inverness Half Marathon, Dentdale 14 and Jack Crawford 10k
It was another active weekend for DRC with Club members travelling as far afield as Inverness and Dent to test the effectiveness of their winter training...
Lindsays Borders Marathon
Sunday 2nd March saw the inaugural running of the Lindsays Borders Marathon at Kelso Racecourse. To complete the accurately measured distance, runners were required to do 23.5 laps of the gravel/mud inside track of the racecourse. This made the race not only a physical but a mentally challenging one, passing the start/finish every 1.1 miles. With a strong headwind for half of each of the laps it was a testing course for everyone. There was a combination of full distance runners and relay teams of 4 who were completing an average of 6.5 miles each as a team. Susan Gallagher reports as follows...
Glenkiln 12 mile race and Hawswater Half Marathon
On Sunday 2nd March, a smaller than usual field took part in the Glenkiln 12 mile race, organised by Ian Anderson and his team from Dumfries Harriers...
Stranraer Half Marathon
Last Saturday, the first race of the 2014 Dumfries Running Club Grand Prix series saw 24 club members take part in the Stranraer Half Marathon. Despite a clear, dry and warm day this is not the easiest of courses with a number of steep hills to catch the unwary or to slow down those who start too quickly. After a solid training programme over the winter, a number of club runners were keen to test out their early season form whilst for others reaching the finishing line was the main objective...
DRC Cross Country Championship 2014: Gales and Glaur at Annan
In the toughest of conditions DRC vests were to the fore in Annan and District Athletics Club’s excellent four mile cross country races. Spurred on by it being our DRC x-country championship event again this year our runners defied a ferocious south-westerly and gluepot glaur as they sought to overcome conditions as well as fellow competitors. Many fine, brave performances were ground out before any smile could be found!..
Jo pushes through the pain barrier in Seville
Sunday February 23rd, the day of the Seville marathon, did not start well for Dumfries Running Club's Jo Zakrzewski. The hotel lifts were broken so she and several other runners were ushered down a back staircase and onto a waiting bus. Unfortunately, the bus did not quite go to the start of the race as planned, so Jo only made it with 20 minutes in which to change, warm up and get her mind set for the race. However having made the start, things were then to go from bad to worse as Jo explains...
Les takes Bronze at Netherhall
On Sunday, 23rd February, Les Hill battled the elements at the Malcolm McDougall Netherhall 10 and was pleased with his time of 71.17...
Carnethy 5 hill race
The inception of the Carnethy 5 hill race was to commemorate the Battle of Roslin and on Saturday, Terry McCloskey, Seb Pflanz and Mo Khan found themselves at the scene of this famous battle, waiting to take part in the 44th running of this challenging race. Mo reports...
Terry 'Nicks' Devil title
On Thursday 6th, the David Keswick Centre played host to the 2014 edition of DRC's 'Devil takes the hindmost' with well over 30 club members turning up to compete or to lend support to those trying to evade the clutches of the 'devil'...
Scottish Masters Cross Country Championships, Hawick
On Saturday 1st February, the Scottish Masters Cross Country Championships were held in Hawick, hosted by Teviotdale Harriers. Jim Buchanan was the only club representative at the event for the second year in succession, but was keen to continue his school-boyish enthusiasm for mud and hillsides...
SVHC Road Relays, Strathclyde Park
On Sunday two teams from Dumfries Running Club travelled to Strathclyde Park to take part in the Scottish Veteran Harriers relay races...
On Sunday 26th, some of the more determined Dumfries Running Club members were down south to take part in the annual 'That’s Lyth' event, starting and finishing at Kendal in the South Lakes...
Feel the Burns Hill Race
The Borders town of Selkirk was the setting for the latest Scottish hill run of the season, and when runners gathered at the Rugby Club on the outskirts of the town for registration they were joined by DRC's Jacob Tangey, Craig Malcolmson and Norman (Tubby) Neilson who was making a rare appearance on the hills...
Inskip Half Marathon
On Sunday January 19th, DRC members Jo Zakrzewski and Kevin Conchar took part in their first serious road race of the year. The Inskip Half Marathon's 500 places were sold out before the event as people looked to kick-start their year after some Christmas indulging...
Carlisle Resolution 10k
On Sunday morning only 2 DRC runners were able to join the sold out field for the Carlisle Resolution 10k which started and finished at the Racecourse...
Greenmantle Dash, Broughton
For Ranjit Thomas this will always be remembered as the race where he was beaten by the Pink Panther – a hill runner making the most of the opportunity to wear fancy dress at the annual Greenmantle Dash at Broughton Village near Biggar...
New Year's Day Triathlon, Edinburgh
Sarah and Ross Queen braved the elements in Edinburgh on 1st January 2014 to compete in the very popular New Years Day triathlon...
Three Dumfries Running Club members joined 150 other hardy runners gathering on the North Yorkshire Moors before light dawned on 2014.They were there for the Hardmoors 30 - a 30+ mile trail run starting and finishing in Ravenscar, via Hayburn Whyke, Robin Hoods Bay and Whitby (with 3050 feet of ascent and descent)...
Ribble Valley 10K
The Ribble Valley 10K has become a popular end of the year event for many runners, and this year Jo Zakrzewski was persuaded to enter the race by friends from the Central Belt...
Jo Zakrzewski took advantage of an early Christmas weekend with the family in NE England to take part in Britain's oldest road race. She joined a bumper field of 503 runners in the wet and wild conditions for the 103rd Saltwell 10k race....
DRC Christmas Handicap
A surprised but delighted Nicola Allan was a worthy winner of Sunday's DRC Christmas Handicap...
Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon
Dumfries Running Club's Jo Zakrzewski headed over to Ireland this weekend to run the Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon with a friend. The race is billed as Ireland 'toughest course' due to the 1300 feet of elevation gained, with resulting steep downhills, and Jo certainly found it very scenic...
Sue wins 2013 Handicap Series
After the final 5K Handicap of the year, Sue Jeffery has been confirmed as the 2013 Series winner...
Jo and Steven are Club Champions for 2013
The DRC runners who headed down to the 62nd Brampton to Carlisle 10 mile road race were greeted with perfect conditions for fast times. The race was doubling as the Northern England 10 mile championships and the 2013 DRC club championship...
Jim leads them home at Drumlanrig
Drumlanrig showed itself in all its true autumnal splendour for the races on Sunday November 10th. The trees were glorious in various shades of russet and gold, and the ground was white with frost. A minute's silence was observed in honour of Remembrance Sunday, and then the runners set off...
Tinto Hill Race
On Saturday 9th, a trio of DRC members braved the changeable weather conditions to take part in this year's Tinto hill race. Mohammed Khan was joined by clubmates Simon Mortlock and Ranjit Thomas, and he reports on their exploits as follows...
ING New York Marathon
On Sunday 3rd November, four Dumfries Running Club members represented the Club and achieved personal ambitions by running the ING New York Marathon...
On Saturday 2nd, four members of DRC took their place amongst the field of 178 for the Stranraer 10k...
Jo achieves Glasgow 2014 marathon standard!
Having had a run of poor weather for her last few marathons, Jo Zakrzewski headed over to Germany to join 15,000 others running on the streets of Frankfurt with hopes of a change in her fortunes...
Newcastle Town Moor Marathon
Six Dumfries Running Club (DRC) members took part in the Newcastle Town Moor Marathon on Sunday 27th October. A five lap course each of approximately 5.25 miles...
Men's Health, Survival of the Fittest 10k, Edinburgh
On Sunday, Sarah Queen was in Edinburgh to join the 2,700 others who took part in the "Men's Health, Survival of the Fittest" 10k...
Last Saturday saw six Dumfries Running Club members travel to Yorkshire to take part in one of the friendliest events on the running calendar, the Round Rotherham relay...
On Sunday 13th October Audrey Brown took part in the Wirral 10K...
Lea Town 10k
Having suffered a recent run of injuries, Jo Zakrzewski had found great benefit from a physio taping her foot to relieve the PF, and so wanted to test out her form with a race...
West District Relays
Four DRC ‘stallions’ sallied forth this weekend to represent the club as a team, in the Scottish Athletics West District Cross-Country relays at Hamilton Racecourse. A well known cowgirl’s bumper sticker reads "Save a horse, ride a cowboy!" No, they didn’t see one - a horse, cowboy or sticker but, still managed a fair amount of horse-play. Jim reports as follows:
Dalbeattie Hardrock Challenge
Now in its 10th year, the Dalbeattie Hardrock Challenge has matured into a real highlight of the sporting calendar and attracts runners and riders from all over eager to test themselves in a very tough event...
Run Brussels Marathon
On Sunday 6th October, Dumfries Running Club friends Theresa Lavery and Martha Halbert took part in the Run Brussels Marathon...
Lakeland Trail Series, Coniston
On Saturday 5th October, Susan Graham travelled to the Lake District to take part in the Challenge section of the Lakeland Trails Series at Coniston...
Scottish Championships silver for Lisa!
The 2013 Baxters Loch Ness Marathon was chosen to host this year's Scottish Marathon Championships and Dumfries Running Club had representation in the event in the shape of Lisa Finlay and Danny Queen...
25th Merrick Hill race
On Sunday, three of DRC's hill runners made the trip to Glen Trool for the 25th annual Merrick hill race...
City of Stirling 10k
Sunday's wet and windy weather did not deter Alan Baxter and Niall Campbell from travelling to Stirling to take part in the city's 10k...
The Derwentwater 10k, Keswick
On Saturday 7th September, Sue Jeffrey travelled to Keswick to take part in her third trail race in the Lakeland Trail series, the Derwentwater 10k...
Ben Nevis Hill race
Three Dumfries Running Club members made the annual pilgrimage to Fort William for the 2013 Ben Nevis 14K hill race. Ranjit Thomas, Mo Khan and Craig Malcolmson joined around 500 other hill runners for the yearly thrash up and down Britain's highest mountain at 4409ft (1344metres)...
Gallovidian Dumfries 10K
On a fine summer's evening, 43 members of Dumfries Running Club took part in the Gallovidian 10K (the penultimate race of the 2013 Grand Prix), with many other members out on the course offering support...
DRC Blackwood 10k Trail Race
On Tuesday, in mild, grey and dry conditions, 41 runners took to the trail at Auldgirth for the Blackwood 10K. They were led home by overall winner DRC's Dave Parrish in a time of 37:21 with first lady being Galloway Harriers' Chrissie Vincent in a time of 50:52...
Wagon & Horses Half Marathon
Les Hill and Lisa Finlay travelled to Lancaster for the Wagons and Horses Half marathon. It was a warm day, and both were looking forward to a flat and scenic course.
Frank Duffy Race
On Saturday August 24th, Jo Zakrzewski was part of a seven-strong team of athletes representing Scotland in this 10mile race in Dublin.
Jo and Lisa are crowned British Masters Champions!
This year, the blue riband event on the British Masters Athletic Federation calendar, the 10K championships, took place in Pollok Park, Glasgow on Sunday August 18 and three members of Dumfries Running Club travelled up to take part in the prestigious event...
Ulverston Summer 10K
On Wednesday 14th August Les Hill took part in the Ulverston 10K...
The Isle of Mull Half Marathon
On Sunday the 11th, John Green took part in the 25th Isle of Mull half marathon organised by Mull Runners...
Lancaster Wagon & Horses 10 mile race
On Sunday 4th August, Lisa Finlay and Les Hill travelled to Lancaster for the well organised Wagon & Horses 10 mile race...
Devil o' the Highlands race
On Saturday 3rd August Paul Hart and Alistair Bloxham took part in the Devil O' the Highlands race...
The Virgin London Triathlon
Sarah Queen completed her first Olympic distance Triathlon on Sunday 28th July in the Virgin London Triathlon...
St Mary's Loch - Short Fast 'Durty' Triathlon
A few years ago, Alan Baxter accepted a challenge from a friend which would result in him standing on the banks of St Mary's Loch on Saturday 27th, with more than a little feeling of apprehension. Alan explains...
Gelston 5 miles road race, Castle Douglas
Dumfries Running Club certainly made it's presence known at Castle Douglas for the annual Gelston 5 miles road race with 8 runners in the top 10, including race winners Steven Smith and Jo Zakrzewski...
Cross Border 10K Challenge
Nine Dumfries Running Club members joined an approximate field of 450 who took part in the 2nd Cross Border 10k from Gretna to Carlisle...
Ingleborough Fell Race
On Saturday 20th July, Les Hill tackled his second Fell Race in two weeks in the latest chapter of his efforts to regain fitness after a lengthy lay off due to injury. This time Les travelled to the Yorkshire Dales...
Elswick 10 miles road race
On Saturday 20th, Lisa Finlay made an impulsive decision to travel south to take part in the Elswick Express 10 mile race...
Moffat Festival of Running
On Tuesday, whilst most people sensibly enjoyed the warm sunshine by sunbathing or relaxing in the heat, 29 Dumfries Running Club members took on the challenge of the Moffat Festival of Running 9.3 mile race...
Skiddaw Fell race
After months of being plagued with a foot injury and now able to run pain free, Les Hill decided to put his fitness to the test by taking part in the Skiddaw Fell race on Sunday 7th July...
IAU World Trail Championships, North Wales
In recent times Jo Zakrzewski has perhaps become better known for her road running, but on Sunday she returned to her first ultra discipline of trail running, taking up the honour of representing Great Britain in the World Trail Championships...
The North Isles Sports, Westray.
Alison Groat travelled over 400 miles (including two boat trips) to Westray in Orkney where she originates from and competed in the North Isles Sports...
Eildon 3 Hills
On Saturday 22nd June, Craig Malcolmson made the journey to the Border town of Melrose to take part in the Eildon 3 Hills race...
The Black Rock 5
On Friday 21st June, the coastal town of Kinghorn was once more packed with runners who had gathered to compete in the 26th Black Rock 5. Dumfries Running Club's Mo Khan was amongst them and he sent the following account of the race...
Dalbeattie 10K and Half Marathon
Now in their second year, these two races held on Fathers Day, June 16th, are developing into welcome additions to the local running circuit...
Gannin' alang the Scotswood Road
On Sunday 9th June John Jarvie and Gemma Leadbetter headed to Newcastle to take part in the Blaydon Race…
Mabie Trail 10K
On a beautiful sunny Sunday morning, 20 DRC members headed out to take part in the Mabie Trail 10K organised by the Dumfries Harriers. Many other club members were there marshalling, photographing and supporting the runners. The recent dry weather meant that the course was clear of its usual mud, so enabling many fast times throughout the field...
Carlisle Tri 10K
On Wednesday 5th June, Mark Johnston took part in the Carlisle Tri 10k...
Comrades Ultra Marathon
On Sunday June 2nd, two runners from DRC took part in their 3rd Comrades Marathon, a race which is held dear in the hearts of every South African...
Kentmere 10k Trail race
On Saturday Sue Jeffrey travelled to Staveley in the Lake District to take part in the Kentmere 10k Trail race, part of the Lakeland Trails series...
Wharfdale Off-road Marathon
On Saturday June 1st, in sweltering conditions, Vicky Hart took part in the Wharfedale Off-road Marathon fell race in the Yorkshire Dales...
Edinburgh Festival of Running
On Sunday 26th May, 4 Club members took to the streets of Edinburgh to take part in the capital's Festival of Running... Whilst Fiona Jardine and Jo Needham took part in the Marathon, Danny and Sarah Queen participated in the Half...
Dumfries Do the Double at Kirkcudbright
On one of the best days of the year so far (both for running and spectating), club members headed down to Kirkcudbright to run the Half Marathon or the Beeches, with many others also making the journey to support and encourage. Not only did DRC retain both first male and female team trophies, but club members also won both male and female races...
The forecast for Tuesday evening was for rain and a temperature of only 4 degrees, but luckily this proved to be wrong and the sun shone down on the 20th running of the Holywood Stroll. The race was initiated by Tom McGowan 21 years ago (with 1 year being missed due to "foot and mouth disease") and so it was fitting that he set off this year's bumper field...
BUPA Great Womans 10K Glasgow
15 DRC ladies travelled up to Glasgow to join a field of 5,895 runners (including Sonia O'Sullivan and the 5 months pregnant Jo Pavey) to run the Bupa Great Women's 10k. Here is how they got on.....
Ben Lomond Hill race
For the second time in two weeks, Dumfries RC member Craig Malcolmson found himself in the car park at Rowardennan on the banks of Loch Lomond. This time though, instead of running the Highland Fling Ultra marathon, he was about to take part in the Ben Lomond hill race...
Troon Tortoises 10K... the Tortoise and the Hare.
On Wednesday evening, the 8th May, Theresa Lavery and Mark Johnston headed up the West Coast of Scotland in search of some early summer sunshine...
On Bank Holiday Monday, Stephen Mohan joined 20,000 others in the Belfast marathon. The race showcases a vibrant modern outward looking city with so many positive aspects to show to the world....
Lillaebelt Half Marathon, Denmark
On Saturday May 4th, Jo Zakrzewski travelled to Denmark as part of an invited Scottish team and joined the field of 11,000 running in the Lillaebelt Half Marathon...
Self Transcendance 5K Road Race
The Self Transcendence 5K road race held at Silverknowes on Wednesday evening doubled up as the Scottish National 5K championships and the second race in the Scottish road running Grand Prix. Two runners from Dumfries Running Club made their way up to join in this popular midweek race...
Lotus Hill Race
Runners making their way out to Lotus Hill for the club hill race championship were met with cool winds and drizzle, and a briefing that described both bogs underfoot and tussocky grass, making some wonder if they were taking their lives into their own hands. There was still a good turnout of 22 DRC runners and 4 guests, with many other club members helping with organisation, timing, photography and marshalling...
Marathon of the North
On 28th April, Paula Craven and Alison Groat travelled to Sunderland to take part in the Marathon of the North with both girls hoping to find the route to be easier than that of their debut marathons last year at Kielder!..
Crawley 12 hour track race
On Friday April 26th, Vicky Hart travelled to the south of England to take part in the Crawley A.I.M. 12 Hour Track Race... she reports as follows...
HOKA Highland Fling
Saturday April 27th saw the 8th running of the HOKA Highland Fling - a 53mile trail race run along the southern part of the West Highland Way, starting in Milgavie and finishing in the village of Tyndrum. It is a popular race with the club, but unfortunately this year the club had no relay teams taking part, though 5 members completed the scenic course solo.
Beinn Dubh Hill Race
In the latest installment of their tour of the Highlands, David Parrish and Richard Beck, (aka Boswell and Johnson), took in the Beinn Dubh Hill Race. David reflects on the event as follows...
Virgin London Marathon
There were three Dumfries Running Club members who joined 35,000 finishers for the London marathon live on the BBC last Sunday morning...
Kaim Hill Race
David Parrish and Richard Beck took a midweek trip to North Ayrshire to participate in the Kaim Hill race, a report in David's unique style follows...
Jo smashes Lochaber Marathon course record.
On the drive up to Fort William, Jo Zakrzewski of Dumfries Running Club questioned herself on the sanity of running another wet weather marathon only 4 weeks after her race in Barcelona in less than ideal conditions...
Edinburgh Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon
The Edinburgh Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon saw six Dumfries Running Club members participating on a day in which runners around the country experienced arguably the worst racing conditions of the year so far...
David makes it three in a row at Screel
On Saturday David Parrish won the Screel hill race for the third consecutive time and in doing so broke his own course record...
Jo wins West District 10 mile Championship title
On Sunday April 7th, three Dumfries Running Club members travelled up to Strathclyde Country Park in Motherwell for the annual Tom Scott 10 mile road race...
Grand Prix moves to Longtown
Conditions on Saturday were good for the inaugural Longtown 10 mile road race which saw 21 DRC members take their place on the start line...
Criffel Hill Race results
Runners were met with challenging conditions for the 2013 Criffel Hill race with the route very wet and muddy underfoot and under a fairly deep covering of snow at the summit...
In cold, wet conditions more reminiscent of Scotland than Spain, Jo Zakrzewski, Craig Malcolmson and Sebastian Pflanz joined the 18,000 strong field for the 2013 edition of the Barcelona marathon...
New York City Half
Along with 15,000 fellow runners, Ross Queen braved the blizzard conditions in freezing New York to tackle the New York Half Marathon...
Sue samples the delights of the Cartmel Sticky Toffee 10k
Sat 16th March saw the opening event of the Lakeland Trails Spring Series take place in the village of Cartmel, and Sue Jeffrey represented DRC in the first race of the day, the very muddy Sticky Toffee 10k...
The Grand Prix kicks off at Dentdale....
On a miserable cold and windy day, an excellent turnout of 26 DRC runners travelled to Dent to take part in the opening Grand Prix event of the year. Some returned a little worse for wear but all seemed to enjoy the day...
On Sunday March 3rd, five members of Dumfries Running Club made the trip down to Cumbria for the Haweswater Half Marathon. Jo Needham tells us her story....
Last Sunday the 3rd March, a brand new event was held at Shawhead where 21 Dumfries Running Club members joined the field for Dumfries Harriers' Glenkiln 12 mile race...
Lisa back in Form
The Arbroath Smokies is a 10 mile women only race over a scenic and undulating course. Lisa has run it before and so knows the course well......
PB for Jo at Glasgow Uni 5 mile road race
Having just returned from warmer climes, Jo Zakrzewski was pleased to see the sun on Saturday as she pulled on her DRC vest and shorts and headed up to Glasgow to test her speed in the Glasgow Uni 5 Mile road race...
On Saturday 2nd March, Mark Johnston made his annual trip to Blackpool to take part in the popular 10k...
Annan River Races
On Sunday 24th February, a beautiful crisp sunlit day, nineteen DRC members travelled to Annan for ADAC's annual River Races. The various races played host to the Dumfries and Galloway cross country championships and the Seniors' event had also been nominated as the competition that would decide the Club cross country champions for 2013...
Blackpool Half Marathon
On Sunday February 24th, John Jarvie and Chris Wilson made their way to Blackpool for the 24th Great North West Half Marathon. On a bright but windy day, John and Chris lined up outside the Hilton Hotel along with 1500 other runners, ready for their first race of the year....
Lisa retains Netherhall title
On Sunday 24th February, Lisa Finlay returned to Netherhall to retain her 10 mile title... she reports on her race day as follows...
PB for Sarah in the Hong Kong Marathon
On the morning of Sunday 24th February, Sarah Queen was amongst the 17,000 runners assembled on the start line of the Hong Kong Marathon...
Barcelona Half Marathon
On Sunday February 17, Jo Zakrzewski, along with 15,000 other runners, took to the streets of Barcelona, to compete in the Mitja Half Marathon. The race came at an ideal time for her to see how her training was progressing, and was also an excuse to check out the facilities and some of the route of her planned Spring marathon...
Manly Dam 10k Trail Race, NSW, Australia
Although he had set the alarm for 5:30 am on February 10, Jacob did not have an auspicious start to his race day as he only woke up when his lift arrived outside, and so he set off with no breakfast, feeling decidedly sleepy, but reports on the race as follows......
Scottish National Masters Cross Country Championships
On Saturday 2nd February, the Scottish Athletics National Masters Cross Country Championships were held in Forres on the Moray coast and Jim Buchanan went off in search of age graded competition and mud...
Scottish Veteran Harriers Relays
On Sunday 27th, the Club was represented by three teams in the Scottish Veteran Harriers Club Relays held at Strathclyde Park...
Carlisle Resolution 10K
On Sunday 20th January 2013, five members, Danny Queen, Les Hill, Alan Baxter, Kevin Conchar and Mark Johnston, crossed the border to compete in the Carlisle Resolution 10K...
Santa Pola Half Marathon
On Sunday 20th January, Ross and Sarah Queen enjoyed the Spanish sun in the Santa Pola Half marathon...
Stockton Winter 5K Trail race
On Sunday 13th January, whilst visiting family in her home town of Stockton-on-Tees, Gemma Leadbetter took the opportunity to take part in her first running event for 6 months...
Central Lancashire Half Marathon
Jo Zakrzewski was looking for a good solid race to start the year, and so on Sunday she returned to the Central Lancashire Half Marathon...
Callander Crags Hill Race
On 5th January Les Hill took took part in his first race for six months at the Callander Crags Hill Race...
Devil takes the hindmost
On Thursday 3rd, the David Keswick Centre played host to DRC's version of a 'Devil takes the hindmost' with over 40 club members turning up to compete or to lend support to those trying to evade the clutches of the 'devil'...
Ayrodynamic Turkey Trot
Whilst the rest of the club pondered the joys of a Boxing Day breakfast and another round of entertaining the inlaws, Jim Buchanan and Theresa Lavery represented DRC when blowing the festive cobwebs away in the bracing air on the Ayr Promenade...
Kim Adamson was the first runner to cross the finishing line of this year's Christmas Handicap and so will have her name engraved on the trophy for 2012...
Barcelona 24 Hour Track Race
On Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th of December, Vicky Hart took part in the Barcelona 24 Hour Track Race and set a new club record in the process. Vicky reported on her Spanish trip as follows...
West District Cross Country Championships, Inverclyde.
Whilst the rest of the club were spending their Saturday measuring themselves up for mince pies & mulled wine, Jim Buchanan represented DRC at the West District Cross Country Championships. In his own unique style Jim gives his take on the event as follows...
After a weekend with family in the North-East, Jo Zakrzewski decided to take advantage of the beautiful sunny, but cold day on Sunday and took part in the Hexhamshire Hobble fell race on the way home...
High Terrain Events Kielder Duathlon
On Sunday, Michelle McCrindle travelled to Northumberland to challenge herself with another off road duathlon, this time she took part in the Kielder Duathlon run by High Terrain Events. Michelle tells us about her race...
Lisa Finlay travelled to Italy to take part in the Florence Marathon and was rewarded for her training efforts with a fantastic new personal best!.. Lisa gives her account as follows...
Brampton to Carlisle 10
It was a icy morning when 25 DRC runners left Dumfries to take on the last road race in the 2012 Grand Prix, but by the time the race started at 11:30 conditions had warmed slightly to make it great day out for the runners...
British & Irish Masters International.
On Saturday 10th November, 3 DRC ladies competed in the Masters International XC in Belfast. Lisa and Sian Finlay were running for NI while Jo Zakrzewski was representing Scotland...
On Sunday the weather was almost perfect for those who tackled the challenging, yet very scenic, Drumlanrig races...
On Sunday 4th, Jo Needham travelled to Glasgow to take part in the Southside Six, a 26k race through six of the city's parks... Jo reports as follows...
On Saturday, ten Dumfries Running Club members travelled through to Stranraer to take part in the annual 10k...
Jedburgh Running Festival 10k and Half Marathon
On Sunday, ten DRC members made the journey to the Borders to take part in the Jedburgh half marathon, whilst a further three chose to race in the town's 10k...
Jedburgh Running Festival 3 Peaks Ultra Marathon
On Sunday 28th October, DRC members Susan Gallagher and Vicky Hart set off at 8am from Jedburgh to start the inaurgural Three Peaks Ultra Marathon....
Round Rotherham Relay
Last Saturday saw two Dumfries Running Club teams travel to Yorkshire to take part in one of the friendliest events on the running calendar, the Round Rotherham Relay...
World Trophy 50K Final
The Lungo il Mare in Vallecrosia-Bordighera was the race chosen for the 2012 World Trophy 50k final, and Jo Zakrzewski headed out to Italy as the lone Scottish runner in a field that included 8 English vests...
Autumn Breaker 10K
On Sunday October 14th, Mark Johnston took his second trip of the year down to Blackpool, for the Autumn Breaker 10K...
RunLiverpool Marathon and RunWirral 10k
The weather in Liverpool was ideal, sunny and cool with little or no wind for the three DRC members who travelled down to Liverpool at the weekend...
Salomon Kielder Marathon Weekend
On the 6th and 7th October, seven Club members travelled to Northumberland to take part in the Salomon Kielder Marathon weekend...
Dalbeattie Hardrock Challenge
On Sunday 7th October, 16 Dumfries Running Club members took part in an event that has now become an established favourite on the local athletics scene...
Bupa Great Edinburgh Run 10k
On a new hillier course, the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run 10k attracted around 5,000 runners, with five of them being from Dumfries Running Club...
Great Cumbrian Run
On Sunday 7th October, Kevin Conchar took another step forward on his recovery from injury with a last minute decision to do the Great Cumbrian Run. Kevin reports on the race...
PB for Lisa at the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon
Lisa Finlay travelled north to Inverness to compete in the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and to try to defend her Scottish Marathon title. Lisa's account of her race experience is as follows...
On Sunday September 30th, Jo Zakrzewski took part in the 34th Warsaw Marathon, which was also doubling up as the Polish ladies' National Championships. This year 8000 runners entered the race, twice as many as in 2010...
Dumfries Half Marathon
Sunday 23 September saw the running of the 31st Dumfries Half Marathon (organised by Danny Queen) in which many club members raced, while others marshalled, timed, supported, paced, and fed/watered runners.
Dumfries & Galloway 3000m Championships
On a cold but clear night with no breeze, 5 members of Dumfries Running Club joined the line-up to contest the Dumfries & Galloway 3000m championships. This is how they got on....
Merrick Hill Race
The 24th annual Merrick Hill Race took place on Sunday 16th September with Craig Malcolmson and David Parrish the club’s representatives. Our man on the scene reports ...
Stirling 10K is known to be a fast and flat course which usually attracts a high quality field and this year was no exception as it was also the race chosen to host the Scottish National 10K championships...
Carolyn takes on Great North Run
Carolyn Johnstone was Dumfries Running Club's only runner in the Great North Run on Sunday having deferred her place from 2011.
Round Cumbrae 10 miles
Sunday the 9th September saw Jacob Tangey travel to Millport to take part in the annual dash around Cumbrae island...
The weather for this year's Gallovidian 10K road race was fine and sunny, and so there was a bumper field of over 230 runners including 32 members of Dumfries Running Club. The race was won in 31:33 by James Douglas of Border Harriers and Joanne Lee of Tynedale took out the ladies' win in 38:26. See how the DRC runners got on......
Great Scottish Run Half Marathon
On Sunday September 2nd, Jo Zakrzewski and Lisa Finlay made the trip up to Glasgow to join a field of 9,000 others taking part in the Great Scottish Run Half marathon...
The Ben Nevis Hill Race
For the British hill running community, the only place to be on Saturday September 1st was Fort William’s Claggan Park, start venue for the annual challenge to race up and down the 4406 feet of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis...
On Sunday 26th August, just three weeks after competing at Carlisle, Margaret Gray, Stephen Morris and Mhairi Duff were back in action for their next triathlon, this time at Penrith...
A Win for Scotland
On Saturday August 25, Jo Zakrzewski headed off to Dublin with the Scottish team, to take part in the Frank Duffy 10 mile race. This is 1 of the events in the Home Countries International Series, in which Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales challenge each other with the first 2 men and first lady home counting for each country.
ADAC Festival of Running
The Annan Festival of Running took place over the weekend 10 -12 August and consisted of 4 very different races run in less than 48 hours. The results are age-sex graded and so competitors don't know their overall placing until after the event…
Carlisle Sprint Tri
On Sunday 5th August 2012, four Dumfries Running Club members were amongst the 152 entrants that competed in the Carlisle sprint distance triathlon, (500m swim, 20k cycle and then a 5k run)...
Devil o' the Highlands
On Saturday August 4th, Vicky Hart and Craig Malcolmson travelled north to take part in the Devil o' the Highlands ultra trail race. The race begins in Tyndrum at 6am and runners have 12 hours to run the 43 miles along the 'top half' of the West Highland Way to finish in Fort William...
On Sunday 29 July, Sue Jeffrey and Chris Wilson took part in the inaugural Cross Border Challenge 10k from Gretna to Carlisle.
The Lakeland 50
Susan Graham travelled down to the Lake District at the weekend to take part in the Lakeland 50, the second year in a row that she has participated in the event...
SwissAlpine marathon, Davos
Jo Zakrzewski and Doug Brown travelled to Switzerland to take part in the 2012 SwissAlpine races...
Castle Douglas winners take over as Grand Prix leaders
The Gelston 5 mile race (the latest event in the DRC Grand Prix calendar) took place on the hot muggy evening of Tuesday July 24th...
Northumberland Coastal Run
On Sunday 22nd John Green travelled across the country to take part in the Northumberland Coastal Run organised by Alnwick Harriers...
Clyde Stride Ultramarathon
On Saturday 21st, Susan Gallagher lined up with 120 other runners at the start of the 40 miles multi terrain Clyde Stride ultramarathon...
Moffat Gala 15K
The miserable rainy evening did not deter 28 members of Dumfries Running Club from the Moffat 15K road race, which was won by Mickey Breen of Corstorphine AC in 51:13...
Summer Enigma Ultra Marathon
Susan Gallagher travelled south to Milton Keynes to take part in the Summer Enigma Ultra marathon which was held on Saturday 7th July…
Coniston Trail Races
Three hardy souls from Dumfries Running Club headed down to Coniston on Sunday to take part in the Lakeland Trail Races. Andrew Crooks took a break from cycling and decided to run the trail marathon to compare it to the Kielder, while Jo Zakrzewski and Doug Brown took part in the trail marathon and half marathon respectively as training for their future trip to the Swissalpine in Davos at the end of the month...
Midnight Sun Marathon
Jacob Tangey travelled over to Tromsø in Norway to take part in the 23rd Midnight Sun Marathon on Saturday June 30th. At almost 70 degrees north, you can run in broad daylight in the middle of the night...
The Day in the Lakes Triathlon
On Sunday, Norman Neilson continued his foray into the world of multi discipline events when he took part in his first Half Ironman, the 'Day in the Lakes Middle Distance Triathlon'...
Sotos Fleetwood 10K
On Sunday June 24th, David Burns and Mark Johnston travelled to Lancashire for the Sotos 10k, a run held in aid of the Emily May fund..
West Highland Way Race
Conditions for this years’ West Highland Way race were described as ‘horrendous’, with torrential rain right from the start making the going very difficult for competitors and support crews alike. Parts of the trail were described as being more akin to a stream rather than the familiar 95 miles of well used walkers’ path. Of the 172 who lined up at Milngavie for the 01:00am start there were 119 who crossed the finish line at Fort William with 8 people having had enough by the 1st checkpoint!....
Karrimor Great Trail Challenge Home Countries International
Jo Zakrzewski was more than a little apprehensive as to whether she would have any speed left in her legs after running Comrades less than two weeks ago, but headed off down to the Lake District this weekend to take up the invite to race in a Scottish vest for the first time since declaring for Scotland. The event was the Home Countries International, and was being run as part of the Karrimor Great Trail Challenge in Keswick...
Dalbeattie Civic Daze
Sunday saw the inaugural running of the Dalbeattie 10K and Half Marathon. There are often teething problems with new events, from which lessons can be learnt for the next year, but unfortunately the weather is a variable beyond the control of any race organiser. The heavy rains and hence risk of flooding meant that there had to be a last minute change to the morning's 10K course, which seemed to be generally approved of by most participants as the route then became a straight out and back avoiding the promised hill, though unfortunately it meant that the course was no longer an accurately measured 10K. Luckily the afternoon's half-marathon route was not affected, and so remained a lovely scenic course.
Durisdeer Hill Race
The Durisdeer course is recorded as 16km with 1150m of climb, although competitors with GPS report that it measures slightly shorter. There are 3 main phases of the course: the first 2km sees a rapid 350m ascent of Black Hill, with the course then dropping steeply down to a road and river crossing at about the starting level. The next 5km loops round the back of Steygail, with 2 ascents of 120m and 230m over passes along the way. The final 6km starts with a 370m climb to Well Hill, followed by an undulating ridge run to Black Hill before descending to the finish along the route of the initial climb.
Mabie Trail Race
Conditions on the forest trails were good for the 16 Club members who were amongst the 80 finishers of this year's Mabie Trail race…
The latest event in the Grand Prix series was the Grasmere Gallop 10K trail race and 12 Club members made the trip to the Lake District on Saturday to take part….
Carlisle Tri 10Km
On Wednesday, Les Hill, John Green and Mark Johnston took advantage of a slight improvement in the weather and headed south to take part in the Carlisle Tri 10K ….
On Sunday in South Africa, Jo Zakrzewski delivered a fantastic performance in the Comrades marathon to finish in 4th place and win one of the coveted gold medals. Craig Malcolmson also made the trip to complete his second Comrades and secure a medal for back to back runs…..
Stranraer Half Marathon
Conditions were considerably better for the Stranraer Half marathon than the high temperatures experienced by those running last weekend….
The Kilpatricks Hill Race
On Wednesday 30th, David Parrish was the only DRC runner to travel to West Dunbartonshire to take part in the Kilpatricks hill race...
The EMF Edinburgh Marathon
Congratulations to Shiona Armstrong, Vicky Hart, James Grierson, Alistair Bloxham, Sebastian Pflanz and Danny Queen of DRC who ran the EMF Edinburgh Marathon last Sunday. The marathon is the premier event in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival which saw a record-breaking 23,000 take part in the various events over the Festival weekend…
Kirkcudbright Half Marathon, Chris and Jo win Club Championships
The Kirkcudbright Half Marathon was the Dumfries Running Club road race championship for 2012 and 17 club members were among the 153 race finishers, with several other club members out on the course to lend support and encouragement to those participating...
David sets hot pace in Beeches run
While many of their club mates were running the Kirkcudbright half marathon, 8 Dumfries Running Club members made the sensible decision, given the hot weather conditions, to run the 11.2K Beeches run instead...
Brathay Windermere Marathon
On Sunday 20th May, Sandie Donald took her place on the start line of the Brathay Windermere Marathon alongside nearly 800 other runners. This was Sandie's debut at the distance and judging by the following account it was an experience that she thoroughly enjoyed....
The Manchester Bupa 10K
Sarah Queen, fresh from the women's race in Glasgow last weekend, was back on the 10k trail again, this time in the Bupa 10k in Manchester...
UK Inter-Counties Fell Running Championships
On Saturday 19th May, Shining Tor in the Peak District was the venue for the UK Inter-Counties Fell Running Championships and David Parrish, who was making his debut for the Scotland West team was both excited and apprehensive at the prospect of taking part…. David reports:
Weegie Wifeys' 10K
Dark overcast skies greeted the thousands of runners who gathered on the south side of Glasgow on Sunday morning for the 2012 Ignis Asset Management Women's 10K, amongst them were 16 Dumfries Running Club ladies...
Muckletoon Doctors' Run
Although the ladies' field was depleted by the Glasgow 10K, the Dumfries Running Club men still turned out in force for this multiterrain race at Langholm which is just short of 8 miles. First home for the club (and showing his fine form in short races with his 3rd strong race of the week) was Alan Baxter finishing in 5th position in a time of 48.09, with new club member Ranjit Thomas taking home the first male doctor's trophy in a time of 52.28. Club results are as follows.....
On Wednesday 9th May Alan Baxter, Kevin Conchar and Mark Johnston took part in the well organised and ever popular Troon 10k....
On what turned out to be a lovely summer evening, there was a record turnout for the 2012 running of the 5 mile Holywood Stroll. The race was won easily by Mickey Breen of Costorphine AAC in 25:48 and Lisa Finlay of Dumfries Running Club in 30:03. Chris Wood had a fantastic run to finish as first DRC runner in 27.57, with 18 year old Alasdair Stapleton as the first under 20 in 30:04...
The Marathon of the North
On Sunday John Jarvie, Gemma Leadbetter and Tom McCauley headed to The Stadium of Light in Sunderland to take part in the Redspottedhanky.com series of events….
The Edinburgh to North Berwick race
The Edinburgh to North Berwick road race has been a classic long-distance event in the Scottish running calender since its inaugural running in 1958 when the 22 mile route was actually run in reverse from North Berwick to Edinburgh (though it had been run twice in the usual direction prior to that as a time trial)....
The Butterfly Come & Tri
On Sunday 29th April, Norman Neilson travelled to Ayrshire to take part in his first triathlon of the year, the Butterfly Come & Tri event at Dalmellington....
Hoka Highland Fling
The Highland Fling is a 53 mile multi-terrain ultra race along the West Highland Way from Milngavie to Tyndrum and 8 members of Dumfries Running Club were amongst more than 400 starters in this year’s race. DRC has long supported this event with members of the club holding some of the category records....
Langdale Saint George's Day 10K
Willis Peel travelled down to the Lake District to take part in the Langdale Saint George's Day 10K....
Virgin London Marathon
On Sunday 6 members of Dumfries Running Club joined the 37,000 starters for the Virgin London marathon....
Mulberry Bush Montessori Balfron 10k
On Sunday 22nd, when others were pushing themselves to the limit over the marathon distance in London, two DRC members decided to test themselves by taking part in a 10K that both agreed afterwards was the hardest they've ever run....
Rock N Roll Edinburgh Half Marathon
On Sunday, 12 DRC members travelled up to Edinburgh to take part in the inaugural Rock n Roll Half Marathon. The Rock n Roll marathon series was born in the USA and is a unique series of events where runners are treated to a host of live music acts en route to the finish line to enjoy yet more live music at the festival there. The Edinburgh Half Marathon was the first event in the Rock N Roll Series International Tour and naturally attracted a wide diversity of runners to the Scottish capital city, and was won overall by a female Portuguese runner.
Screel Hill race
On Saturday David Parrish retained his Screel Hill race title in fine style....
Tom Scott 10 miles road race
On Sunday, six members of the club travelled to Motherwell to take part in the 50th running of the Tom Scott memorial race...
Lisa's fine form continues
Lisa Finlay travelled down to the Lancaster Three Bridges 10K on Sunday, enticed by the promise of a fast, flat course with excellent race facilities (the Lancaster and Morecambe club had their own pavilion and running track) and reports back :
Olympic Park Run
On Saturday, Gemma Leadbetter and Steven Smith travelled to London to take part in the National Lottery Olympic Park Run. 5000 participants were lucky enough to gain places in this historic event via an online ballot, representing the first opening of the Olympic Stadium to the public ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games. Gemma reports :
Medal Haul at Crossmichael
On Sunday 25th, after a break of several years, the Crossmichael Marathon returned to the local race scene with 17 runners completing the course which took them through Parton to New Galloway then down the other side of the loch to Laurieston, through Glenlochar and back into Crossmichael....
Nigel Barge 10K
The Nigel Barge 10K was the second race of the DRC 2012 GP - first home for the club was Chris Wood
On Sunday Sebastian Planz and Craig Malcolmson joined over 15,000 people on the start line of the Rome Marathon....
New York Half Marathon
On a cold crisp morning Danny and Sarah Queen joined a field of 15,000 to take part in the New York Half Marathon...
‘Stag and Old Deer’ take on the Deerstalker! On Saturday 17th March, DRC’s Stag (aka Steven Smith) and Old Deer (aka Audrey Brown) joined over 2000 others at Innerleithen to participate in the Deerstalker Adventure races....
Bath time for Jo
On Sunday 11th March, Jo Zakrzewski joined 12,000 runners on the streets of Bath to take part in the 31st Bath Half Marathon....
Criffel Hill Race
Congratulations to new club hill champions David Parrish and Gemma Leadbetter - 2nd place Simon Mortlock and 3rd place Alistair Bloxham.
On Saturday, 10th March, Les Hill and Ian Brown ran the “Hobble” - the Haworth Hobble Fell / Trail Race . This was Les’ second time at this event and a maiden run for Ian. Navigation is required and as you can run this as a solo runner or as a pairs team the two entered as a pair so Les could lead Ian around the 32 miles circuit that involves climbing over 4500 feet....
6 DRC members raced the undulating 14 mile road race at Dentdale this year....
Lisa Finlay returned to defend her title of the last 2 years and reports on the race.....
Haweswater Half Marathon
On Sunday morning, 4 hardy DRC runners travelled south through the sleet and snow to the Cumbrian village of Bampton for the Haweswater Half Marathon. The out and back course travels along the side of Haweswater with views of the snowy fells from start to finish. Vicky Hart reports...
Mark Johnston took part in his first race of the year at the Blackpool 10K on Saturday March 3rd and reports here....
Netherhall 10 mile race
On Sunday 26th February, 21 Dumfries Running Club members travelled to Maryport to take part in the Malcolm McDougal memorial 10 mile race... report by Steve Mohan...
National Cross Country Championships, Falkirk
Congratulations to Jo Zakrzewski and David Parrish, new DRC Cross Country Champions for 2012....
On Sunday 18th February, Sarah and Danny Queen lined up at the Olympic Stadium in Seville, Spain to start their first marathon of 2012....
Susan heads South......
On Sunday February 12th, Susan Gallagher raced the Meon Valley Plod in Hampshire. The 21 (or so) mile race, organised by the Portsmouth Joggers takes competitors up and down the hills of the South Downs. Susan survived to report on the race.....
On Sunday 12 th February Ian Brown and Les Hill ran the 34K (21 miles) Buttermere Round that starts and finishes in Keswick....
Carnethy 5 Hill Race
Jo Needham joined the record field of 523 to complete the 2012 Carnethy 5 hill race, the following is her account of the event....
Les Hill was the sole DRC representative at this event in Kilmarnock on Saturday 4th February and writes this report....
Ladies win National Title
It always seems to be bitterly cold for the Scottish Open Masters Relays at Strathclyde Park, but although the runners still had to run over patches of ice, the "loch" was actually full of water rather than ice. There was a record entry this year of 19 ladies' teams and 46 men's teams - all 4 teams from Dumfries Running Club performed well over the 3.66 miles distance, but the stand-out run came from the first ladies' team (The Flying Doctors) who led the competition right from the first changeover, when Lisa Finlay handed over to Sian Finlay. Lisa also recorded the 3rd fastest lap of the day, with Jo Zakrzewski anchoring the team home with the second fastest lap of the day. The team beat the time set by last year's winners by almost a full minute.
Great Edinburgh Runs
Jo Zakrzewski was delighted to be selected to represent the West of Scotland at the Great Edinburgh International Cross-Country on January 7th, having not used her spikes in a year.
First Half Marathon of 2012
When they saw the conditions, Les Hill and Jo Zakrzewski were less than convinced by their choice of a first race for 2012.
Steven and Allie kick off 2012 with a (fast) stroll along the Prom....
Leyland Boxing Day 10k
Les finishes off his racing year with a run at the Leyland 10k...
There was a great turnout of members for this year's Christmas Handicap, with Amanda Barnetson leading the chasing pack home to win the shield for 2011....
Andover track marathon
On Saturday, Les Hill travelled to Hampshire to take part in the Andover marathon...
Great Langdale Christmas Pudding 10K
With preparation for 2012 races in mind, Carolyn Johnstone and Martha Halbert headed for Great Langdale in the Lake District to run the Great Langdale Christmas Pudding 10K on Sunday December 12th. The Christmad Pudding that every finisher received as a prize was also a real lure.....
West District and Club Cross Country Championships
On Saturday, Irvine Royal Academy was the venue for the West District Cross Country Championships. It was also the race chosen to decide the 2011 DRC Championships with David Parrish and Allie Wilson taking the honours for the year.... Jim Buchanan reports....
Fantastic new PB for Jo in Florence!
Congratulations to Club Captain Jo Zakrzewski who has capped a tremendous season by setting a fantastic PB in the Florence marathon....
Lisa and Sian help Northern Ireland to team bronze...
On Saturday at Glasgow, Lisa and Sian Finlay made their international debut when they represented Northern Ireland in the British and Irish Masters Cross Country.
Leeds Abbey Dash 10Km
In a stark contrast to the bright and sunny day experienced by the runners at Brampton, the 6500 competitors who lined up for the Leeds Abbey Dash 10Km on Sunday morning were greeted by cold and foggy conditions.
Great Day Out for DRC at Brampton-Carlisle
The weather was great again for this year's final GP race - the 60th running of the 10 mile Brampton-Carlisle race. 26 DRC members finished the race with others supporting along the route as many new PBs were run throughout the field.
Tinto Hill Race and Club Hill Championship
Marcus held off Dave Parrish as first DRC man home while Allie Wilson came in as first DRC lady..........
Susan claims bronze!
Susan Gallagher travelled to represent DRC in the Lancaster Half marathon on 6th November along with 705 other runners from around the North West.
Today five members of Dumfries Running Club took part in the 52nd Derwentwater 10 mile roadrace starting and finishing in Keswick
Stranraer 10K Road Race
On Saturday 5th, eleven Running Club members travelled west to a sun bathed Stranraer to join a field of around 220 in the annual 10K. Gala Harrier Graeme Murdoch took top spot in the race in a time of 34.22, whilst Steven Smith and David Parrish fought out a close inter-club battle for the remaining podium spots. Steven eventually taking 2nd with David only 8 seconds behind in 3rd. Undoubtedly the performance of the day came from Jo Zakrzewski who won the Ladies race in a new course record and in doing so finished in a fantastic 4th place overall.
Great new PB for Adam
On Sunday 30th October, Adam Dickie headed east to the borders for the 10th annual Jedburgh half marathon.
Comrades Ultra Marathon South Africa - 29th May 2011
Founded in 1921 in commemoration of the soldiers who fought and died in the Great War, the Comrades Marathon bills itself as the ‘The Ultimate Human Race’ and is the world’s oldest and largest ultra marathon. Four Dumfries Running Club members made the very long journey to South Africa to take part in the 2011 version of the race, an ‘up’ run from Durban to Pietermaritzburg with almost 7000 feet of ascent and 5000 feet of descent over the 87 Km route...
7th January - 2011 Monthly Handicap Race Results after 1st Race
The first of the new format 5K handicap races was held on Thursday 6th January at the Crichton.
On a very cold night, the first finisher claiming the maximum 50 points available was Susan Gallagher who had a great run in 23:10. Fastest on the night was Paul Hart in 18:24.
As a reminder this new 5K format replaces the old winter and summer handicap series. It is hoped that the shorter 5K format will attract more club members to take part. Disappointingly, only 11 members took part in this first race. Your club needs your support to turn out for these handicap races for them to continue to happen!
Final 2010 Handicap Grand Prix Results
The Handicap Grand Prix results for 2010 have now been compiled. These were based on awarding points for how well each runner did compared to there expected handicap time in the following races during 2010:
Holywood Stroll, Castle Douglas, Dumfries 10K, Christmas handicap race.
The top 3 places for 2010 were:
1. Mhairi Duff - 69 points
2. Kevin Conchar - 68 points
3. Liz Smart - 68 points
Caption Competition: Craig Malcolmson v's the Rhino!
The running club has received the photograph below of Craig training in his Dumfries club kit in South Africa. It looks like he is just about to start his speed training!
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All caption competition entries gratefully received!!!!
A Perfect Day - Sebastian's Bob Graham Round
A day of glorious sunshine, spent in the company of fellow runners, friends and family, with plenty of banter, set in some of the most beautiful scenery in Britain - what more could you ask for?... how about the 42 summits of the Bob Graham Round?... report by Seb Pflanz: