12 January 2022
ADAC what’s new for 2022. Our Senior members kicked off 2022 on New Year’s Day with some Park runs plus a group of members completing the non-official "Whiskey run" over in Langholm. Next in the schedule the club held its Senior Winter league run number 3 at Black Esk reservoir. There was a reasonable turnout of athletes on a chilly day to run the 7.6-mile course. Marie Marshall in 53:57minutes showed Norman Johnstone 54:54 a clean pair of heels to finish fastest overall, showing her tremendous form. Followed by Gordon Vivers who also gained the highest age grade of 72.6%, a very good result for this hilly course. Well done all. That put ‘s the winter league table sitting with Joe Boardman on top with 93 points followed by Gordon Vivers, Colin Walker and Louise Hopper. There’s still time for this to change with 5 more races planned. Gretna was the latest venue for the 3rd race for ADAC senior members handicapped town run series, race number 3. A good turnout of members tackled the course in almost perfect weather conditions for running. Barry Fitzgerald got things underway with members starting times based on their latest town runs age grade calculation. There wasn’t much evidence of any post festive season sluggishness as the vast majority of runners increasing on their age grade scores on the night. Geoff McQueen was first across the line in the handicapped race followed by Katrina Smith, Peter Grant and Andrew Johnstone. James Taylor continues his fine form with the fastest time of the night of a blistering 23.31 minutes followed by Marie Marshall with 25.17, again Norman Johnstone closely finishing 2 seconds later then followed by Gordon Vivers in 27:09. Stunning performances. Thanks to Barry Fitzgerald for keeping things in order and recording results. Our next town run race will be on 15th of February where we will be heading north to Moffat. Outside the club runs various ADAC members have been out on tour at other events. Liz Dawson completed the challenging Falkirk 10k trial race and gives that run a thumbs up. Well done also to George Fraser, Wendy Gass and Neil Richardson who competed across the border in a trail 7km race at Brampton with Neil taking the 1st Vet 40 award in 33:24 minutes, doing ADAC proud on a tough and brutal course. Linda Cameron, Marie Marshall, Louise Hopper and Alan Creighton took on Rowardennan to Bienglass - 15 tough miles over very technical terrain - as a wee recce as part of the West Highland Way Race that Marie and Louise are doing in June, all 95 miles! James Taylor attended the brand new Talkin Tarn Country Park parkrun. Finishing in 7 th place with some tricky terrain but a great new course. Also, at Carlisle Parkrun over the last few weekends Colin Walker and James Taylor also ventured to England to grab new PB’s with James Taylor running the 5km in a highly impressive time of 19.04 and finishing in 3 rd position. He was shouted on by Richard Smith who volunteered to be on marshalling duties at the same race. Various members have joined the Dumfries Crichton Park run this year. One person stands out like a shining star, Marie Marshall has run in 3 of the runs and has been the 1 st lady in all 3 improving from 19:34 minutes to 19:26 and last week completing in 19:10. Wow, what a fabulous start to 2022 Marie. It's been a busy weekend for ADAC members with some crossing the border to compete in the Carlisle resolution 10k. Wendy Gass, Neil Richardson, Colin Walker and George Fraser earned their bling with some fine performances. Gordon Vivers and Liz Dawson went slightly further in search of a race in a warmer climate to compete in the Santa Pola half marathon in Spain. It was an extremely worthwhile journey as despite the weather being more like what "Gordy" is used to in his hometown of Moffat he managed to finish in an extremely impressive time of 1:31:44 and Liz in 2 hrs and 1 minute. The year has only just begun and it's exciting to see just what ADAC members are going to do and where they're going to do it next!! Well done all
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