SUMMER LEAGUE BEGINS
ADAC Seniors got to celebrate our members achievements on Presentation night. There
was a lot of prizes to be awarded from 2021. Congratulations to all our Senior prize
winners. Summer league 2021 - 3 rd Alex Bell-Irving, 2 nd Gordy Vivers, 1 st Marie Marshall.
Women’s Summer League 2021 - 3 rd Linda Cameron, 2 nd Wendy Gass, 1 st Marie
Marshall. Handicapped track series 2021 – 3 rd John Murphy, 2 nd Alan Creighton, 1 st
Wendy Gass. Winter League 21/22 – 3 rd Norman Johnstone, 2 nd Gordy Vivers, 1 st Marie
Marshall. Women’s winter league 21/22 – 3 rd Wendy Gass, 2 nd Louise Hopper, 1 st Marie
Marshall. Handicapped town series 21/22 – 3 rd Wendy Gass, 2 nd Linda Cameron, 1 st
Geoff McQueen. Most improved athlete as voted by members was Colin Walker and
Best overall achievement voted by members was Gordy Vivers for his back-to-back
marathons. Included in the evening was the presentation of the "World tour" certificates
and medals from last year's virtual trip. Well done everyone!
ADAC members have also been further afield for races.
The Santa Eulalia Ibiza Marathon series saw thousands of runners take to the
streets on 9 th April. Runners could choose their distance marathon/2-person
relay/22k or 12k. Our ADAC veteran George Fraser lined up with a thousand other
runners in the 12k and was pleased to get round without incident. The highlight for
him was being cheered on my spectators at the halfway point in Es Canar to the
music Queen- Don’t stop me now!! Which helped him come in 3 rd in his age group.
George then went on to run the Balfton 10k in May and came in 3 rd in his age group,
another fine run.
Some ADAC runners tested their fitness levels at the Carlisle urban trail 10k. The
"Johnstone clan" ran well on their build up to Blackpool half marathon. Norman (Dad)
doesn't come out top in the pecking order in many things these days, but some
consistent winter training paid dividends for an overall 15th place finish in a time of
40:46. Not far behind was Jack Johnstone in 25th place (43:40) with Andrew running
strongly to finish 51st (46:49). Apparently, it's an unwritten rule that the winner of any
"Johnstone clan" race buys the maccies on the way home.
Wendy Gass also had a fine run with a time of 53:04 and we look forward to seeing her
continuing with her consistently strong running this summer. We know there will always
be a smile. Other ADAC runners who were representing another club last night were
James Taylor (13th place in 40:11) and Linda Cameron (116th in 55:53)
Well done all!
24 th April was no holiday for any of the travelling members of the ADAC crew when they
visited the popular destinations of Magaluf and Blackpool over the weekend. Wind was
very much a feature of all in their respective half marathons. Marie Marshall had to battle
40 mph winds in Magaluf but still managed an amazing 1:30:52 time to earn a 4th
overall female place and 1st in her age category.
The "Johnstone division" of "team ADAC" took a little trip to the seaside to "rock" it in
Blackpool half marathon. Wind provided an energy sapping mid race challenge to make
sure any medals were well deserved
Liz Dawson took part in the Glasgow epic 10k trail and did herself and ADAC proud with
a 1st place in her age category with a time of 1:03:37. Liz said it was a fabulous trail run
beautiful views lots of climbs and bonus downhills. Legs covered in mud. Thoroughly
The first ADAC Seniors Summer league race of 2022 took place on a new 4-mile course
in Lockerbie set up by member Richard Smith.
There was a great turnout of members who were determined to kick start their season in
In the Handicapped race Katrina Smith had a fantastic run to increase her age grade
score by 6% ...the handicapper has noted this for next time!
Johnny Minto also “upped his age grade” considerably to come home 2nd followed by
Andy Robb who made a welcome and successful return to ADAC racing.
James Taylor couldn’t resist the racing challenge despite recovering from a hamstring
injury with Neil Richardson appearing on the starting list (recently being injured
himself) and it was a close battle. Both were in great form, but James managed to
achieve overall fastest time on the night with 24:41 just 6 seconds ahead of Neil.
Gordon Vivers provided the 3rd fastest time on the night of 26:28 which is equivalent to
an age grade score of 80.7%…this is national class level.
Our 2nd Summer league race took place 30 th April as we joined in with Crichton Park
run. The new course didn't perturb the 22 ADAC runners from some fine performances
from all. There were 1sts in age categories and Pb's galore with everyone doing the club
proud in the glorious summer sunshine. I think there may even been a pipe band to
serenade us over the finish line.
James Taylor carries his fine winter form through to the new season with the fastest time
of 18.28. Norman Johnstone and Marie Marshall tussling it out for a close 2nd and 3rd
Marie achieved highest age grade score of the morning just narrowly ahead of Liz
Dawson with 78.7 and 78.3 respectively... fabulous running.
After the first two races of the summer league James Taylor is leading followed by
Gordy Vivers then Colin Walker. Still another 14 to go, watch this space.