02 October 2020ADAC shortlisted for Covid Innovation award

We are delighted to announce that ADAC has been shortlisted for an award at the annual awards evening held by Scottish Athletics.  This year the event will be held online. The 4J Studios Innovation Award is designed to recognise, celebrate and acknowledge some of the extra efforts by clubs or individuals during lockdown to keep the sport growing.

The club held 6 different series of  virtual running weekends which had at least three races over a 20 week period from the start of April until mid August.

We are delighted to be shortlisted in a top 3 out of 94 nominations and are looking forward to tuning in to the awards ceremony online on Saturday 10th October.

Details of how to tune will be published on our fb group during the week. We also plan to hold a zoom meeting whilst the awards evening takes place.

This is fabulous news !


13 September 2020JOHNNY , ALAN , WENDY and JAMES complete ANNANDALE WAY

On Saturday  12th September , the quartet of Johnny Minto , Alan Creighton , Wendy Gass and James Taylor completed the Annandale way ! The distance of some 44 miles was covered in ONE day starting near Moffat and ending at Newbie on the coast near Annan.

This was an epic adventure and one which all of our smiling quartet should be very proud of. Along the way they were supported by friends and club members who fed , cheered on , ran or cycled along with the group.

Many ,many congratulations to all of the team who again showed that team work makes the dream work.


01 September 2020VIRTUAL SERIES 6

ADAC seniors virtual series 6.

This weekend saw the first race in the latest series. The task this week was to gain as much height as possible. Teams of five athletes were paired together and runs had to be posted showing elevation gains throughout the weekend.

There were some amazing achievements with athletes tackling local hills such as Merrick, Screel, Hart fell, Criffel, Burnswalk and not least the Hass. Some runners managed to travel and tackled difficult runs through Kielder forest whilst others ran or walked a"few" laps of Brownmoor forest. Between all of the athletes they managed to gain over 80 thousand feet throughout the weekend.

The results are below and the top three teams were

1 The only way is up

2 Let's do this

3 Easier said than run

There were bonus points for the overall top elevation gain in both male and female which went to

Johnny Minto


Marie Marshall

who totalled over 15000ft between them and also to the biggest individual climbs which went to Ross Welburn and Marie climbing Criffel (4 times) and Ben Nevis respectively.

This has been an outstanding weekend of club team participation. Well done to everyone taking part and many thanks to Norman for keeping a note of scores.

The scores added to bonuses are below:

Team 2 70pts

Team 6 60pts

Team 4 50pts

Team 1 40pts

Team 3 20pts

Team 5 10pts



Teams were given the task of running 5,4,3,2 and 1 mile and chose whoever they wanted to run over these distances.This challenge took place this weekend in conditions that really tested our athletes' grit and determination. On Friday and Saturday, strong winds made the going really difficult to stand up, never mind run. On Sunday, torrential rain greeted some who ventured down to the the track for their runs and this turned the Everholm into a swimming festival at times.

The teams had to complete the distances by 8pm and all of them managed to do this. Well done to all of our runners this week. Results of this week's are:

Team Time

6 1 hour 42 mins 43

5 1 hour 47 mins 39

3 1 hour 59 mins 40

1 2 hours 2 mins 26

4 2 hours 4 mins 49

2 2 hours 12mins 59

Team "Easier said than run" came out on top this weekend with fine runs from all of their team members including some runs taking place in monsoon conditions.

Age grade bonuses were gained by

Marie Marshall and Neil Richardson who achieved over 70% on their runs.

The results from last week combined with this weekend meant that "Easier said than run" were well in the lead.

Team Points

6 140

2/3 80

1/4/5 60


Race 3

The final weekend in this series was a fabulous weekend of handicapped races which involved athletes competing mainly with each other on the track in handicapped events but with social distancing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Friday there was a right, Royal battle between Rosie Ogg and Rowane Glendinning in the final straight with Rosie catching up all the way to the line but with Rowanne just doing enough to get to the line in second place behind an ever improving Alan Creighton.

Karen Gatehouse also managed a good performance finishing close behind Rosie. On Saturday the fun continued with some more fascinating races and with young Ben Latimer showing everyone how it was done finishing in front of Stuart Bell and

Christopher Gilbert. On Sunday runners took to the everholm path to complete their 3km and managed to put in some fine times with Tracy Nolan pipping John Patterson and Neil Richardson but with all runners producing some fine times. There were other 3km runs completed in various places and well done to those that managed to complete the challenge.

Well done to everyone who has taken part in this varied series. The final scores are as follows :

Team 1..150






This means that team 6 took the series win.

Many congratulations to Norman, Jo, Marie M, Rosie and Chris.

12 August 2020VIRTUAL SERIES 5

Series 5

Legends v Heros

Our Seniors were divided into 2 teams for series 5 of the virtual running programme and this proved to be a monumental competition with a fantastic team effort from all runners.

RACE 1 Distance challenge. 

Teams were given the task of racking up as many miles walking or running as possible.

After a fabulous weekend of running and walking the two teams managed to rack up an amazing number of miles.

There were runners all over the country this week posting their runs to add to their team scores.

There were bonus points given to Christopher Gilbert for the longest run of 21 miles and to

Norman James Johnstone who completed the most miles during the weekend - 56 !!!

LEGENDS 335.93         HEROES 361.04

The Legends took a narrow lead into the next challenge. 


The second race this week took the form of a 5km run on a flat surface and many runners managed to get to a track to do this. There were some fine individual performances. Runs were recorded on watches or strava mainly due to Garmin servers being down but as long as the details were posted the runs were counted for each team. From the previous week the Heroes took a narrow lead over the Legends into the race. With nearly 30 competitors the average time was worked out by Norman James Johnstone and the scores were again very close. The average times were:

Legends 24:47

Heroes 24:21


Another pulsating competition took place this weekend as runners made trips to four local forests to complete their task and compete for their teams. The Heroes were taking a healthy lead into this week's challenge but the legends came fighting back. In each of the four venues : Mabie forest, Auchenrodden forest, Brownmoor forest and Gallow Hill, runners had to run set courses and the combined time was added to the team total. It was extremely close. There were bonus points awarded for the fastest female and male at each venue and the competition was so intense that two runners (John Patterson and Johnny Minto) recorded a dead heat, each posting the same time on different days. With tactical sophistication, team legends managed to pick up healthy bonus points and ran out big winners this week. Their 110-80 win now takes our total scores to Heroes 361-355 legends.

Many thanks to all those competing and toNorman James Johnstone for yet again doing the numbers.




Usually during this week in August we have heldour Summer Festival. Sadly this year we could not do this but we decided to hold one of the events (The Magic Mile) and ask our two teams to compete over this distance.

After yet another amazing week of competition the final week of series 5 comes to an end with the Magic Milers proving that ADAC athletes are in fine form and have improved their fitness over the summer.

The scores were very close and the Legends trailed the Heroes by just 5 points from last week.

There were some super performances on the track this week and some runners got together to run handicapped races which gave all of them a boost and an excellent time.

There were two additions to teams this week when

Richard Smith and Karen Gatehouse came back to compete. Their times were added to the Heroes and the average times for each team for the mile were:



This meant that the Heroes extended their lead but the all important bonus points for top age grade and fastest milers were added after that.

The fastest male/female miles were recorded by

Christopher Gilbert in 5:13 and Marie Marshall 5-26 and the top age grades were again Marie and

Norman James Johnstone who reached 78.3 and 72.3% respectively.

This meant that the final scores were :



This has been a great series with so many good performances.


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