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QRC A Year in Review 2022

Well what a year we have had in QRC, although perhaps not a true year in review as it would be unfair not to include the activities from December 2021 with Alan Creighton experiencing the epic phenomenon of cloud inversion during the Cairnsmore Hill Race just before Christmas 2021 and our wee trek round the 9 mile trail loop up Earshaig where Nana Nette tried to highjack the farmers JCB.

In January we literally walked into the eye of the storm when we went round the Queensberry Race route for our winter walk to start the year, we were all grateful of the Burleywhag Bothy being there for a wee respite from the weather to have a tea break.  The Hoff aka Johnny Minto who went out and ran the Selkirk Fund Runners “Feel The Burns” race in early January had a good run out in decent conditions given it was winter.  Those of us that took on the DRC Cross Country were blessed with almost spring like day a week or so later, with a good performance from everyone who ran despite some dodgy race numbering (if you know you know).

February brought a return to Winter like conditions with the runners in the xBorder 10K getting hammered with every weather perceivable (rain, hail, sleet, snow, wind and some sun for good measure) but the hardy souls were all able to complete the race. We also had the Black Boys and the lovely Alex taking on the Hillbilly 10k & despite some dubious course marking and marshalling they all got round in very respectable times with Alex proving the fastest of the QRC runners on the day.  February was rounded off by a trip down to Cumbria for The Malcolm McDougall Netherhall 10 Mile Road Race 2022, this was a challenging run that rewards you with a good feed at the end (what more could we ask for)

March was somewhat quiet on the races front for QRC members with a lot of the focus shifted towards rebuilding the bridge at Burleywhag Bothy in preparation for the Hill Race later in the year, which included a few recces of the route to make sure we didn’t send runners into ankle breaking boulder fields. With a couple of our number getting entry into the West Highland Way (WHW) Race the recces of the WHW began, on top of the last few runs in the clubs Winter Schedule.

Ah April the dawn of spring and new season of racing was upon us. The month was kicked off by some marvellous marathon running down in Manchester, four of our members were lucky? Enough to get entry into the Manchester Marathon and despite feelings of being unfit & unprepared they all ran very well with very respectable times being achieved by them all. A few of us were foolhardy enough to sign up to The Grand Tour of Skiddaw Ultra bringing about a fresh round of recces of the race route sections,  meaning a few grand days out in the Lake District, I would love to say we were blessed with breath-taking views but in reality the wind was that strong it took our breath away during a recce walk of Skiddaw and Ullock Pike & Long Side Edge descent (the horrible rocky spine ridge for those that are still traumatised by the experience).  Conditions were somewhat better for those of us that went down to Carlisle for the “Carlisle Urban Trail 10k” a cracking wee run that sees you treading in the shoes of the ancients when you run round the Castle walls, with poor James picking up a hamstring injury in the last mile which slowed him down a bit but still managed to keep a place in the top 10 and the lovely Alex finishing in the top 15 overall and first in her category.

Magnificent May, off with a bang saw a good number of members participating in the Holywood Stroll hosted by Dumfries Running Club (DRC). We were blessed by a perfect evening for running and despite claims of being a “flat” course the Holywood stroll route proved a good wee challenge with members achieving nothing short of fantastic times.  A wee change of pace saw some of our members become intrepid explorers in search of the wreckage of the 1944 Avro Anson Mk.I MG827 of No.10 (Observer) Advanced Flying Unit crashed in November 1944 on Criffel. After months of recces, preparation and planning the day was finally upon us for the inaugural Queensberry Hill Race, with a good field of 40 runners and an army of volunteers stationed around the route.  The runners were sent out for a race round the challenging course, we were blessed with a perfect day for racing and all runners made it round safe.

After a full-on May you would be fooled into thinking that the QRC members would take some time to rest and regenerate, but you would be mistaken with a score of members heading down to Carlisle for the Tri-Club 10k. The race saw some very strong runs from all over a course which was described as undulating.  Of course, for our resident wonder women Marie & Louise June brought the challenge of the West Highland Way, and with their army of support runners & a very healthy dose of good humour they completed successfully in a very respectable time.  In keeping with the theme of strong running another good turn out for QRC at the Buckland Burn-Up out in Kirkcudbright which brought June to a close.

Jubilant July, kicking off with a bang with the Lockerbie Lassies & Co. heading up to Glencoe to take on the Great Glencoe Challenge, 26.2miles of trekking in 12hrs or less.  Across bogs and up & over the Devils Staircase the mental challenge of the trudge across the moors into Fort William.  The challenges did not stop there with some of the QRC Crew signing up to the Grand Tour of Skiddaw meaning a raft of recces and training was in order with many a trip down to the Lake District being undertaken.  Of course, just because there was an ultra on the cards did not stop the racing, with the relaxation of Covid restrictions seeing the return of the Moffat Gala Run with 2022 being the 35th running, a plethora of prizes were grabbed by runners in QRC. The final race of the month was the Hartfell Horseshoe a gruelling 10-mile 300ft race which for the first time had a cut-off enforced on the runners on reaching the Hartfell summit, luckily despite some issues the QRC runners made the summit before the cut-off, and all successfully made it round. Rounding off the month in less-than-ideal conditions was the Lowther Hills walk up to the NATS station atop Green Lowther heading back round to Wanlockhead, for the normal people at least, Johnny & Marie took an alternative route out along the Southern Upland way heading back to Moffat.

Exhausting August was soon upon us with the last of the Ultra recces being completed, the Phillihaugh Hill Race, Stag to Hind Hill Race, Blackwood Trail 10k, Doonhamer 10k and the main event for a small bunch of members the Grand Tour of Skiddaw Ultra. A fantastic effort in all races from our members with a few prizes bagged along the way and some great personal achievements. The support shown by QRC members for one another during exhausting August was a sight to behold and demonstrates what a good bunch of people we have involved in QRC.

Slow Down September brought us the Penchrise Pen Hill Race, and a slower period of racing for our members as they took time to recuperate from their summer exertions. It also brought us the club awards night where we recognise some fantastic achievements and give out some shiny trophies.  With so many doing so much this year it was a hard decision on who was getting their names engraved on the trophies. Of course, there were some absentees at the night out due to a wee small thing called the Cumbrian Way Ultra, another fantastic achievement by our members Wendy, Claire & Karen.  The finale to September was the Dumfries Half Marathon which saw two of our number bag some prizes & a winning smile from our Wendy, and of course we like to recognise the challenges being undertaken by others with Ali, Linda & Debs heading out to meet the Three Dad’s Walking to give them some much needed moral support and traybakes, on their epic challenge to Raise Suicide Awareness Across the Country One Step at a Time in support of PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide.

Opalising October, another month off to a bang with the Great Scottish Run 10k (or not) and Half Marathon. The lovely Lilliesleaf 10k(ish) Cross Country, which despite lower numbers running this year still managed to raise £2500 in aid of the Harris Trust. It also brought in a new round of ultra-training for the Glen Ogle 33 in November and some lovely mid-week runs. 

Nearly there November, with another year drawing to a close and only two wee small races with members signed up, well ok hardly wee just a 33-mile ultra and a trail half marathon.  The month started off with the Glen Ogle Ultra which despite few unable to start and a DNF due to injury, saw a good outing from the QRC contingent.  The month ended with the torture of the Glen Tress Trail Half Marathon a punishing 13.1 miles with 2500 ft of climbing, leaving a few saying never again (until next year).

Done for ’22 December, bringing to close another good year for QRC and with it some Festive fun with the annual QRC Santa Run and Christmas Crichton Parkrun rounding things off.  As always there will be our tradition of a year ending walk & the New Year’s Run.  This years Christmas Walk was the circular route round the Fabulous Falls of Clyde, where the falls thundered down the valley treating to us to a spectacular natural phenomenon once we headed into the forest the peace was almost deafening or was that Johnny’s singing?

The QRC Committee would like to thank all our members for their continued support of the club and all that we do is only possible with all your participation in runs & events. Thank you all and here is to another good year in 2023.

2022 Review Video

Fabulous Philliphaugh

On a lovely Sunday morning runners from all parts came together at Selkirk Rugby ground for the running of the Philliphaugh Hill Race. In a field that had runners from numerous clubs the most prominent were the green tops of QRC.

Despite it’s relatively short distance the Philliphaugh is a deceptively tough but extraordinarily rewarding hill race and the weather blessed us with some stunning views

A fantastic set of results from the QRC Crew, great running everyone

Hartfell Horseshoeing

On a muggy, cloud covered Sunday Morning D’Artagnan and his three musketeers aka Alan Creighton, Linda Cameron, Wendy Gass and Lynsey Hanlon took on the challenge of SHR Hartfell Horseshoe hosted by HHRC.

Getting to the summit of Hartfell put the fantastic four under a bit of pressure with some asthmatic struggles putting worry to making a newly introduced cut-off but a good bit of team work and determination meant the four made it to the summit with time to spare

With the promise of only a couple more hills and no more cut-offs to worry about the fantastic four were able to relax a bit and enjoy the rest of the route – well as much as you can enjoy it.

Despite the weather and a newly introduced cut-off the QRC runners were able to grab a few prizes.

35th Moffat Gala Run

On a warm muggy Tuesday evening oor wee group of runners took on the 35th Moffat Gala run, a race of three parts the 3.7 mile uphill undulating part, the brutal 1 mile across fields part and the 4.5 miles downhill jelly leg creating part.

A fantastic showing by all our runners with James coming in 7th overall, Marie 2nd female home, Lynsey getting the accolade of 2nd local female finisher, Gordon 1st Local Vet male, Johnny 1st Local Supervet Male

Burning Up the Buckland Burn

On another lovely Saturday morning, runners descended upon Kirkcudbright for the annual running of the Buckland Burn-Up 5 mile road race. A tough wee race that has a hill that keeps on giving before a brilliant downhill finish

It was a very good turn out for QRC, and a good number of runners in the field. With James Taylor coming in 3rd overall with less the top 3 finishing within a minute. Marie Marshall a week removed from completing the WHW (who was taking it easy) finishing 11th overall and 1st VF40 and Liz Dawson pulled in the accolade of 1st VF60.

Hmm think Hoka’s are a popular choice in QRC

Fantastic running from everyone who took part with the bulk of the QRC runners finishing within 42 minutes. A fantastically well run wee event definitely one to look out for next year.

The QRC Girls sprinting for the line
James finishing strong, poor photographer didn’t even have time to get himself set properly
Finishing strong Johnny Minto
Liz crossing the line to finish first VF60
Alan Creighton putting in a great run finishing in under 45mins
Marie receiving VF40 1st place trophy

Special mention goes out to Conrad & Theo Black who took part in the Junior Burn-Up, great wee introduction to racing for the next generation of runners.

Tri-Tastic 10k

On Wednesday 1st June 2022 the QRC Crew headed across the border to Carlisle to participate in the Carlisle Tri-Club 10k, the start and finish is at Carlisle Racecourse. Fortunately it was the bar staff’s night off or these two wouldn’t have made it to the start line.

Linda & Lynsey forgetting they had a 10k to run before they could have a refreshing drink

The evening was nice one almost ideal for running with the exception of being a tad warm. The route is a lovely wee run round the picturesque Cumbrian Countryside. The course was described as undulating I think Linda had it right it was updulating with not much downdulating bits

Despite the heat it didn’t stop the Linda fighting on the finish line for bragging rights

A very good night of running from everyone with a fantastic times from all, James Taylor was the first QRC runner home in an astounding time achieving a sub 40m 10k, was unlucky to be pipped at the line but still finished with a smile on his face

Oor Wendy always smiling

SHR Queensberry Hill Race 2022

It was a fine late spring day in May 2022 (28/05/2022) R-Day (Race Day) for Queensberry Running Club.

After months of preparation and lots of stress & work it was time to put it all into action and let the runners out on course for the inaugural SHR Queensberry Hill Race a 8.5 mile loop round the Queensberry Hills (Queensberry, Penbreck and Earncraig) with 2200ft of climbing (approx.)

The runners stayed closely packed for the first section of the run along the track heading out to Queensberry but it wasn’t long until the deceptive hills on the track started to spread the pack out

With the runners out on the hills, the team at registration base camp settled in for the wait watching for the first sign of the race leaders coming over the horizon.

Meanwhile out on course the runners were getting to grips with the terrain and climbing a few hills, the once close pack slowly spreading out over the hills. The course marshalls could see across the hills and were playing spot the runners as they looked across from their stations, they were blessed with some stunning views as well.

Before the team at registration base camp could think about having a second cuppa and some more traybake the lead runners were spotted coming over the rise in the track and it was time for the time keeping team to go to work.

Thanks to Queensberry & Buccleuch Estates for giving us permission to host the hill race today and our generous sponsors Lowland Brewing and Tesco Lockerbie, for prizes and goodies.

Complete utmost & sincere heartfelt thanks to all the members of Queensberry Running Club who helped make the race happen from those who have spent days recceing the route to ensure we kept runners safe from hidden boulders & ditches and away from the ground nesting birds, to those who have donated generously to help with costs of putting on the event, everyone who came out today to help marshalling the course, time keeping, car parking, registration, sweeping and course marking on Friday. And of course those who ran the race today.

Huge thanks to Moffat Mountain Rescue Team for their presence today to ensure that if the worst did happen and we needed emergency first aid or to evacuate someone off the hill they were at hand.

Final thanks goes to all the runners and supporters who came out today and participated in hill race, which ultimately without you the race would not happen.

Thank you all for your feedback on the route and we will take note of it for next year, and if we are able to act upon it we will although some things are out of hands regarding the wishes of the estate.

Tremendous show of sportsmanship between the runners on the day Matthew Sullivan (2nd) congratulates race winner Luke Park

Results can be viewed here and they will be published on SHR ( ) in due course

Categories winners below

The pictures can be found on the below Facebook Group, like and tag away

They can also be found in the following Google Drive

Hope you all enjoyed today and see you next year. We have had 2 items left behind and if you can describe them we’ll get them back to you.

Many Thanks Again to everyone who has been involved in making this event happen.

Queensberry Running Club

Strolling Round Holywood Boulevard

Everybody’s a dreamer and everybody’s a winner
And everybody’s on the podium, it doesn’t matter who you are
There are starts in every run
In every route and on every street in every town
And if you stroll down Holywood Boulevard
Their names are written in tarmac

Team QRC ready to stroll round Holywood

On a perfect evening for running team QRC took on a wee Stroll round Holywood, a 5 mile “flat” course which seemed to involve climbing a couple of hills.

The route is a fantastic one and the times achieved were absolutely astounding, everyone should be very proud of their result.

Sure there are some bills from the council coming for scorching the tarmac to James Taylor and Marie Marshall

QRC Scribbler 10/05/2022

Trail Walking Across the AeShaig Ultra Route

As you may or may not be aware a few of our number are taking on the Great Glencoe Challenge 2022 (we might not have mentioned it 🤣)

To get ourselves fit and strong so we can complete the 26.2 miles in the 12 hours we are allotted, three of the team went for a wee dauner roon the Aeshaig Ultra 23 mile loop accompanied for a small section by Oscar ( and the legend that is Alan Creighton who cycled the full loop with us keeping us motivated to keep going (well apart from when Ali declared it was lunch time that is).

Oscar waiting impatiently to start

We started off at 7:30am on a cool April morning with the sole aim of completing the 23 mile loop, wrapped up we set off along the trail from Earshaig to Ae

Is it Winter or Spring best start with layers on then strip off
HiHo HiHo off on a trail walk we go

Before long it was time for Oscar to head home, although he was less than happy about it, think he was hoping for a backie on Alan’s bike so he could come along for the full trek.

Oor wee companion for the first hour of the walk

As the time passed from early morning to mid-morning it started to heat up, so the layers started to come off the sun cream and sun shades started to go on 😎

Suns oot taps aff, sunnies oan

To help combat the heat, proper hydration was required so plenty of water and raspberry gin was required to keep fuelling and cooling our intrepid trekkers

Lunch Gin Time

After some light refreshment and a bite of lunch it was back on trails, blessed with some stunning views across from Ae to Queensberry, we trekked on with time flying by talking about everything from escapee pigs to programs on TV and all sorts of other random nonsense

Alan, Ali and Debs soaking in the view
Team rotation prove we were all there; Alan, Lynsey and Debs

It wasn’t long until we came across the Ae: The Talking Head Stane. The head stane is made from a glacial granite boulder. It’s 1.5 tons and looks south towards Ae village and the Solway. The stane has a carved mouth, ears and eyes and is inscribed with the translation of a Norwegian poem.
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Ae: Talking Head Stone

The stane is inscribed with the translation of a Norwegian poem, Deep in the Forest, by Hans Børli.

“But still it satisfies my soul to hear the spruce and wind. They speak together like sister and brother, and use such beautiful wind-wild words deep in the forest, deep in the forest.”

After a brief stop for pictures at the Head Stane, it was time to get back on the trek for the return leg back to Earshaig, on the return leg we were blessed with some stunning views across to Queensberry

Queensberry viewed from the forest trail

On the return leg you can see Blue Cairn from the forestry trail, after a brief investigation no inscription was found on the cairn, so ye olde google was called upon to shed some light on it’s presence.

It is built on the site of Battle between Wallace and Greystock and where the latter fell. Wallace was encamped on Queensberry, saw the English approach, and hastening to attack them, had met them on the spot where the cairn is built; a bloody battle ensued in which the English were beaten.

Blue Cairn, a hidden gem in the forest

With Blue Cairn serving as a marker we only had a few miles back to the trail head, a brief refuel and shoe swap and back on the trek we went.

Ali, Debs and Lynsey still smiling at the end.

23 miles in less than 8 hours is a respectable time for the trek, a good bit of training for the big on in July.

Well done Alison Voss, Debbie Semple and Lynsey Hanlon, thanks to Alan Creighton for coming along with us to offer support and advice.

Spine Tingling Skiddaw

On Saturday 16th April 2022, the QRC Crew went on a wee excursion to the Lake District to take on Skiddaw but not by the conventional well walked tourist paths and on the descent took on the spine walk down Skiddaw.

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, off on a hill walk we go

Setting off early to beat the tourists, the QRC Crew headed along the Cumbrian Way to Skiddaw House where in the early morning light we got to enjoy some stunning views of the scenery

View along Cumbrian Way toward Whitewater Dash

Unfortunately on the way along the North Skiddaw Track from Sale How up to the summit of Skiddaw we were welcomed by what we Scots call a Haar, this did limit views from summit (ok there was no view) but it didn’t dampen our spirits

The views from the summit of Skiddaw are lovely (honestly)

After the elation of reaching the top and not getting blown off by the wind, the descent down the scree slope began and onto the Skiddaw spine ridge made up of Carl Side, Long Side and Ullock Pike, collectively referred to as Longside Edge

Skiddaw Spine Ridge – Longside Edge viewed from the bottom

Because we in QRC are Scottish and mental (quote courtesy Linda Cameron) we chose not to take the tourist path down the side of some of the technical sections of Longside Edge opting instead to climb down as recommended by Wainwright himself.

Members climbing down Longside Edge as recommended by Wainwright

Sure we did Wainwright proud with our efforts and some of our members were elated to reach the lower reaches of the descent where the Haar burnt off and the sun came out giving us stunning views across the lakes.

Members enjoying the views across Bassenthwaite Lake

No QRC outing is complete without the picnic at the end with the Cameron’s popup cafe coming out in force treating us to a selection of sweet treats and hot drinks

Members enjoying refreshments at the end

Fantastic day was had by all, well done everyone on completing the walk and I am sure others finishing at the same time as us will think we are an eating club with a running/walking problem, lovely treats provided as always.