15 February 2018WEEKLY NEWS ROUND UP 15/2/18

All smiles in Glasgow

Our Juniors were in action over the weekend at the Superteams competition at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.

They not only competed but  came back home with some silverware and many smiles. You can read all about the results and performances from these young “Super” ladies by clicking HERE.

Many thanks go to the coaches who helped them throughout this event. It’s great to see success at any age but the smiles in the pictures speak from themselves. Well done everyone !


Moffat Town run postponed (again)

Our winter seems to be dragging on and there were poor conditions again for the Senior Moffat town run which was again postponed on Tuesday. The snow during the day did stop but left slushy conditions which then froze. As a club we have to think about athlete safety first and foremost. The town run will now take place on Tuesday 20th (fingers crossed).


River Races take centre stage on Sunday

This Sunday sees our annual River Races which take place down at the Everholm and you can read all about the event and timings of the races by clicking HERE.

If you have offered your support on the day to help in any way many thanks. You will be contacted over the next few days to let you know how you can help. If you wish to offer any help even an hour would be most welcome on the day. Please get in touch with Mhairi, Joe or Barry.


07 February 2018WEEKLY NEWS ROUND UP 07/2/18

As the cold air swept across the country last weekend the focus shifted to indoors and young and old ADAC athletes competed at the Emirates indoor arena in Glasgow.

John Birket and Jim Sloan competed in the Shot Putt events winning GOLD in each a splendid result gents. Well done !

Slightly younger 😊 Nicole Proudfoot competed in the Pentathlon Championships and after a gruelling weekend of events she finished in the SILVER medal position – a fantastic result in this age group. Well done Nicole !

Well done to Alison and Hannah who attended the Hammer Development session at Grangemouth on Sunday. Expert tuition was given by Commonwealth Gold medalist Mick Jones.


Well done also to David Pennington who competed at the Bowhill duathlon and gained a 3rd Vet60 place.


Just before going to press news reached hq that Finlay Waugh competed at the Scottish Schools winning a BRONZE medal and gaining a new indoor pb of 23.45. Faastic Finlay well done !


Stay warm folks and remember to make sure you warm up well in this cold air. Ciao.

29 January 2018WEEKLY NEWS ROUND UP 29/1/18

Juniors shine at the Emirates

Danny Bryden and Nicole Proudfoot both competed at the U17 Indoor National Track Championships at the weekend and both put on excellent displays especially considering this is a new age group for them both.

Nicole finished 2nd in the Long Jump with a jump of 5m35 and 8th in the High Jump.

Danny competed in the 800m finishing 4th in his heat but also smashing his pb by 3 seconds in 2min 08.82.

Senior Winter Festival


This weekend saw the ever popular Senior Winter Fesival taking place in three different venues across the district. 


The first event was a road race in Gretna organised by John Murphy (thanks Murph).

The new course was just a shade under 4 miles and everyone who took part enjoyed the undulating course.

Results are below:

Festival results.

 1 - Joe Boardman - 27.39
2. - A Livingston - 27.39
3. - A Kennedy - 28.25.
4. -  G Vivers - 30.17
5  -  M Marshall - 31.05
6. -  J Priestley - 31.15
7. -  A Creighton - 33.20
8. -  A Cameron - 34.38
9.  -  L Dawson - 36.11
10. -  R Griffith - 36.29
11. -  L Cameron - 36.29
12. - N Kennedy - 36.29
13. -  H Allam - 39.38

14 -  N Priestley - Marshalling
15 -  J  Murphy. - Marshalling
16 -  B Fitzgerald - Time Keeping .



On Saturday morning the terrain was very different. The runners this time braved the challenging conditions of another new course in the scenic Birkshaw forest just south of Lockerbie.

Results are below:

1 -  A Kennedy - 39.39
2 -  C Palmer. - 40.20
3 -  J Green - 40.38
4 -  G Vivers - 41.29
5 -  A Robb - 42.18
6 -  M Marshall - 42.29
7 -  L Hopper - 47.11
8 -  R Griffith - 47.11
9 -  N Kennedy - 47.11
10 -K Stephenson - 49.25
11 -A Creighton - 49.25
12 -J Minto - 49.30
13 -  L Cameron - 51.01
14 -  L Dawson - 51.46
15 -  H Allam - 57.55
16 -  A Cameron - 57.57

17 -  B Fitzgerald - Timekeeping
18 -  J Boardman - Marshalling.


The final race of the weekend was a hill race in Moffat in which some 14 runners took part.

The results are below:

1 - A Livingston - 24.33
2 - A Fairgrieve - 25.48
3 - A Kennedy - 31.40
4 - A Robb - 32.30
5 - M Marshall - 33..06
6 - J Priestley - 33.14
7 - J Minto - 35..53
8 - A Creighton - 36.43
9 - A Cameron - 37..28
10 - L Dawson - 42.17
11-  N Kennedy - 42.25
12 - L Cameron - 42.25
13 - L Hopper - 42.25
14 - H Allam - 47.06.

15 - J Buchanan - Signs
16 - N Priestley - Signs and Marshalling.
17 - E Fairgrieve walking course.
18 - B Fitzgerald and Sandra Fitzgerald - Timekeeping.

8 runners completed all 3 Events over the weekend .
A Kennedy ( overall winner ) -  1hr 39.44
M Marshall ( First Lady )  - 1hr 47.
A Creighton - 1hr 59.28.
N Kennedy - 2hrs 6.03
L Cameron - 2hrs 9.55
A Cameron - 2hrs 10..03
L Dawson - 2hrs 10.14
H Allam  2hrs 24.33.

Congratulations to Andrew Kennedy and Marie Marshall. Thanks to all the helpers and to everyone who took part.

15 January 2018WEEKLY NEWS ROUND UP 15/1/18

Senior Winter League Event No.6

Some 20 seniors turned up at the beautiful Black Esk reservoir for a gruelling 7.6mile race on Saturday. The weather was kind and there were some good battles around the route. Pictures and results will be available over the next few days. You can click below to go directly to the results page. The race was once again won by Ewan Fairgrieve coming in just over 46 mins. A welcome cuppa and blether took place afterwards. Click HERE for the results later in the week.

Junior news

Some Juniors were in action over the weekend in Edinburgh at the Great Winter Run and in Glasgow  indoors. Mrs.Bryden grabbed a medal at the 5km event. Danny finished 26th in the 5km and Evie 14th in the 2.5km race.

Finlay Wuagh was 4th in his 60m race at the Scottish National Open event at the Glasgow Emirates arena on Saturday.

Well done everyone !


Other news………….the Annandale and Eskdale sports awards take place later this year you have the chance to nominate someone from our club. You can read more below.


 Do you know of a coach, volunteer, young person, school, team or individual who deserves recognition for their dedication and commitment to local sport or for an outstanding achievement in 2017? You have until Friday 2nd February to nominate someone from your own local community who you think deserves recognition in any one of the following nine categories: -
1 - Sports Personality of the Year Award sponsored by Andersons Joinery
2 - Young Sports Personality of the Year Award sponsored by Grange Quarry
3 - Sports Team of the Year Award sponsored by Rostrum Sportswear Ltd
4 - Coach of the Year Award sponsored by Gretna Gateway Outlet Village
5 - Volunteer of the Year Award sponsored by Annan Travel
6 - Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Ashleybank Investments
7 - Small School Sport Initiative or Performance of the Year Award sponsored by The Cumberland Building Society
8 - Large School Sport Initiative or Performance of the Year Award sponsored by Dumfries and Galloway Standard
9 - NEW AWARD – Year of Young People Award sponsored by Magnox Limited
Full information and a copy of the nomination form can be downloaded by visiting - www.dumgal.gov.uk/…/Annandale-and-Eskdale-Sports-Awards-2017 or e-mail AEASCS@dumgal.gov.uk


Looking ahead....................we're keeping an eye on the weather this week as snow is predicted in places. There are no racs planned for the weekend so it could be a good time for some good training. Enjoy ........but wrap up well !

08 January 2018WEEKLY NEWS ROUND UP 8/1/18

Seniors and some Juniors tackle Brownmoor forest

On Saturday the Senior Winter league continued after the Christmas break and the latest race took place around the challenging, hilly course at Brownmoor just outside Ecclefechan. The perfect ground conditions made for some very good performances and the race was again won by Ewan Fairgrieve despite suffering from a stitch during the race. It was lovely to see some Juniors turn up for some training alongside the seniors and they acquitted themselves very well indeed. The results of the race will be posted in the next day or two and the league table will be updated shortly after that. Well done folks!


Rain , Snow ,  Wind , Ice ?

All seasons in a week last week as storms followed snow which in turn was followed by icy conditions leading to cancelled training on Thursday for Juniors. It would have been fine if you brought a boat, but the track was flooded in places. Hopefully the weather will settle down a little this week and who knows it may even 80 degrees by Saturday – ok maybe not!




As many of you know we are conducting a survey of all members to help improve our club. If you haven’t had an invite to take part please message Joe or email the website info@annanandistrictathleticclub.co.uk     So far we have had nearly 50 responses which is great but we’d like to hear from as many members as possible. There have been some good suggestions and positive feedback from the responses so far. Remember this is your club. The survey window will stay open for another week or so to “catch” as many members as possible and thanks to those who have already taken part. It doesn’t take long (5 mins) and your voice matters!


Dumfries Parkrun.

Some 371 runners took part in the very first park run in the Crichton grounds. You can register for any park run by visiting the website https://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/



Looking ahead.

A reminder of a committee meeting next Wednesday (17th) at the swimming pool meeting room. 7-9pm


Juniors take on Edinburgh – some of our Juniors are off to Edinburgh for the Winter XC events. Some of the best in the country will be in attendance with the Inter district events and there are also other races including the National Indoor track and field at the Glasgow Emirates arena.


Seniors are back in action at the Black Esk reservoir on Saturday morning in the next Winter League event. The course is approx. 7.6m and it’s a tough one but with very beautiful scenery.



03 January 2018HAPPY NEW YEAR

Happy new year folks !

We’ve made the jump from 2017 and we’re already looking ahead to events taking place in January.


Survey Monkey

A survey monkey (which is a way of asking you what you think about our club and what we can improve on) has been made for 2018 and we would really like every member to get involved by completing a short survey either online or in paper form. There is no need to tell us who you are but the survey  should only be completed by current members of the club. If you have email, then you should be receiving an invite to complete the survey very soon. They will also be made available at training for both Juniors and Seniors. Remember ADAC is you club and your opinions and suggestions will help us to improve.




There will be an EGM on Wed 17th Jan at Annan Pool, start time 7.00pm. The meeting will consider advice received from Scottish Athletics in relation to guest runners, and to make preparations for the upcoming River Races.


Looking ahead……………



...are off to Brownmoor on Saturday for their Winter league event No.5 which is a 5 mile (2 lap) event around the “hilly” forest. The fun begins at 1030. Afterwards there will refreshments and a chance to have an easy recce warm down in the Birkshaw forest (about 4 miles from Brownmoor). A new course has been prepared for the upcoming Senior Winter festival. If you feel up to it feel free to come along after the race and jog round some of it to get your bearings for the race. There will be another opportunity before the weekend of the competition. (Jan 26th – 28th).



......are back to school (Pft!) and hard at work getting ready for indoor and outdoor events in the next few weeks with Cross Country and Indoor Track races coming up. You can check out the calendar events on our website and in the Junior section.


Langholm New year’s day Whiskey run

The annual New Year’s day 8 mile run in Langholm took place on Monday with Linda and Alan Cameron, Louise Hopper, Nicola Kennedy, Alan Creighton, Rosie Allen, Janet Priestley, Johnny Minto , Richard Smith , Jim Buchannan ,John Cowan, Nigel Priestley and Roger Irving all representing ADAC. It was great to see so many athletes supporting our local events. Well done to all ! Results and reports will appear when they reach us.


See you next week for our regular round up of news.

18 December 2017WEEKLY NEWS ROUND UP 18/12/17

Winter continues to dish out some really cold , frosty conditions to compete or train in but that didn’t stop ADAC athletes getting out and about.


Juniors travel to Workington for the final Cumbria League XC


It was the last event of the Cumbria League Cross Country series over the water (pity there wasn’t a ferry) at Workington on Saturday in cold , but dry conditions. Our Juniors competed over various distances and our U11 and U13 came out on top over the series of races winning their age group team prize. Well done everyone !

There will be full results on our Junior pages later in the week. Click here to go to the XC RESULTS page.


Cairnsmore of Fleet Hill Race.

As if it wasn’t cold enough at sea level !

Some 6 Senior ADAC athletes took part and battled through snow to the top and back down in one piece. Top position of the day went to Graham (flying) McLellan who finished in 3rd place. Adam Anderson was 5th , Mark Whitelaw 7th , Kevin Plummer 8th,Mark Addis 23rd and Alan Creighton 28th.

The views from the top were spectacular. Here’s the best picture of the day of Graham focussing on staying upright on the descent.


Fancy Dress Run.

Our Seniors had a bit of fun in Annan on Sunday as their annual fancy dress run travelled around the streets. They popped in on Junior athletes at the track . The best dressed award went to Johnny Minto and Heather Allam. Well done everyone !


The end of year video.

Yes it’s that time of year again and work has begun on the end of year video which will be posted later this week. If you have been involved in ADAC events over the year and a camera has been around then you may be lucky enough to feature. Stay tuned.



Finally , here are 3 good photos which carry a message about what we do …………

If you’ve got any good ones to share let us know.

10 December 2017WEEKLY NEWS ROUND UP 10/12/17

A chilly West District championships.

Our Juniors travelled up to Irvine on Saturday to compete at the West District XC championships. It was a chilly day on the coast but they braved the cold and you can read all about their success by clicking on HERE.  Many thanks to Julie for compiling the results.


Pieter drops in on training.

Pieter Frijters , an International thrower from Belgium visited Junior training on Sunday and gave some very useful tips to our young throwers.

Seniors Winter league event No.4

Our Seniors were in action in the Arctic today-well it could have been warmer in the Arctic but they travelled across to Dalbeattie for a 5 mile forest run to the “Heartstone” and back. The stone sits at the top of one of the hills in the forest and is well known to locals. Touching the stone will bring good luck.  The race was won yet again by Ewan Fairgrieve. Soup, snacks and hot drinks were made available on the day by Graham and Susan McLellan. Many thanks guys and well done everyone.  Full results will be available later in the week.



Danny and Hannah travelled up to a very cold Grangemouth for the 2nd Hammer development day. Special guest coaches Henry Hunter and Martin from Athlete focussed were on hand to put them through their session. Well done guys !


Looking ahead..................

Next Saturday sees the final Cumbria League cross country event at Workington with the first race starting at 12pm. There are races for every age group including Seniors.

The Seniors will be up to no good next Sunday at 1030 in Annan. You may see some interesting sights if you look carefully as they are holding their annual fancy dress Christmas run.

03 December 2017WEEKLY NEWS ROUND UP 03/12/17

Ice station Zebra!

Our first taste of winter weather was evident this week. Icy pavements and an icy track meant that Junior training had to be cancelled on Thursday. It is really important that we keep ourselves safe when training. A slip on ice can lead to an injury very easily.



Norman wins the first Senior Town run of the season.

Despite the cold temperatures some 20 Seniors turned out for the first Town run of the season – a run just over 3 miles in Annan. You can read more about the race by clicking here. TOWN RUNS


Ruth wins

The closest guess as to when Joe would run 2017 miles in the year was made by Ruth Griffith who won some chocolates. Enjoy !


Get well soon George!

It was sad to hear the news that George Fraser suffered a broken hip last week and I’m sure that everyone in the club wishes him a swift recovery.


Senior Winter League at Hoddom

There was a great turnout of Seniors at Hoddom for the 3rd race of the season. The race was won again by Ewan Fairgrieve. Results and reports will appear on the website during the week.




Looking ahead…………..

On Monday 4th December there is a Committee meeting at 7pm in the Meeting room at the swimming pool in Annan.

If anyone has anything to bring up please contact any of the committee members or email the website at info@annananddistrictathleticclub.co.uk


West District XC

On Saturday next week Danny Bryden, Grace Pow, Catriona Paton, Jake Kirkpatrick, Thomas Forster, Isla Cooper & Cicely Johnson-Ferguson will battle it out at the West district Cross Country championships at Irvine. Good luck to everyone !


Senior Winter League continues.

The next event takes place on Sunday 10th at the best forest in the region (not being biased of course) over in Dalbeattie. The race starts from the car park at the old Primary school from 1030. Guests are welcome.

27 November 2017WEEKLY NEWS ROUND UP 27/11/17

The final word on the 500 lap challenge.

Danny , Joe , Evie and Julie all travelled up to Edinburgh on a very busy train to hand over the last cheque from the 500 lap challenge. They met Vicki Watson from the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity who was delighted to receive the cheque. After the hand over there was a well deserved meal in town and…………….pizza !

Thank you to everyone who has helped in any way over the past  months to make this happen. You have been amazing !



Juniors head to Brownmoor forest  for training.


On Sunday our Juniors headed up to Brownmoor forest (near Ecclefechan ) for some training. The hilly course was just perfect for building strength and exactly what was needed. There were more than a few tired bodies at the end of the session.


Durty Duathlon

The Durty Duathlon took place on Sunday near Selkirk and 3 of our Seniors took part. The course was a very challenging one and the icy conditions made it very tricky for the athletes. Kevin Plummer , Matt Sullivan and Dave Pennington all took part with Matt finishing 3rd in the Seniors and Dave finishing 2nd in the Vet 60 class. Well done guys !



New Senior Athlete profile

Our Senior athlete profile will be revealed on Thursday. There is a clue..........and it's a treadmill. Stay tuned. You can go directly to the page by clicking HERE.





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