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Marathon Marvels

The 2022 Therme Manchester Marathon took place on Sunday 3rd April, and a few of our members had a wee dauner roon the course.

Our Marathon Marvels were Gordon Vivers, Elaine Kennedy-Walton, Liz Dawson and Linda Cameron fantastic running from everyone in the field but we are super proud to have had a good showing from QRC in the field.

Linda Cameron, Liz Dawson and Elaine Kennedy-Walton had fantastic runs and all achieved PBs, Gordon was struggling with the onset COVID (although he didn’t know it at the time) but still managed a superb time

Elaine Kennedy-Walton3h 21m 55s
Gordon Vivers3h 47m 39s
Liz Dawson4h 14m 01s
Linda Cameron4h 50m 30s

Well done our Manchester Marathon Marvels


Dumfries and Galloway Area Hill Running Championship in 2022

We have received notification from Adam Anderson & Kevin Plummer regarding the Dumfries and Galloway Area Hill Running Championship, which they are jointly running & administrating.

Dumfries and Galloway Area Hill Running Championship in 2022.

This Championship is open to everyone, trophies will be awarded for 1st place male and female in the following classes, Senior, V40 and V50. Recognition of winners in the V55, V60, V65, V70 V75 and V80 Classes will also be given.

The criteria for 2022 is that the best four results from the following 6 D&G Hill races will count in the championship.

Screel Hill Race.

Criffel Hill Race.

Durisdeer Hill Race.

Hartfell Horseshoe Hill Race.

The Devil’s Beeftub Hill Race.

Merrick Hill Race.

The standings in the competition will be found in the link below shortly after each race.

There are currently no dates in the SHR calendar for Screel (which has recently been cancelled) and Criffel, waiting to hear when they will be held.

QRC Summer Schedule 2022

Well folks the time has come to unveil the QRC Summer Schedule 2022, with COVID restrictions currently eased there are more organised races available some of these are midweek & some are at weekends. We have included a selection of these in our schedule along side our own runs, any weekend an organised race is on we will suggest a route of our for folks wanting to run but not race.

Alongside the races and QRC runs we have included a few organised group walks up some beautiful hills & routes. The obvious jewel in the crown is the SHR Queensberry Hill Race we are hosting. We hope there is something in there for everyone, remember folks keep the running shoes active through the summer and you might find your name engraved on a trophy 😉

This schedule is subject to change as we don’t know what curve balls COVID and the weather has to throw at us.

It does look a bit busy and massive but we are not expecting you to do everything on there and as more events get announced things might change and other items might get included & some might get taken out.

Bridge over the Capel Burn

In the Spring 2022 a crack construction unit headed out on a march to Burleywhag Bothy set in the shadow of Earcraig Hill, their mission to replace the Bridge over Capel Burn. 

Armed with nothing more than some hammers and their wits & a helpful dose of good humour, deconstruction began.

With the old bridge putting up a fierce resistance (not least the chicken wire helpfully put under the board walk), it eventually began to yield and the battle was starting to be won

Slowly under the expert consultancy and guidance of Stuart Black was the last old board removed and the new board walk could start getting put down

The bridge started to come together and look like a bridge again, saving wet feet all round (well except for Stuart but that’s a different story)

The final step of reconstruction was the laying of new chicken wire across the top to give muddy shoes a bit of traction on the new timber

A job well done thanks to Mark the Joiner, James the Water Assault Team, Stuart the Consultant and Lynsey the Minion, for making the trip out to the Bothy and replacing the Bridge over Capel Burn

If you have a problem, if no one else can help and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the QRC-team

QRC Scribbler 05/03/2022

xBorder 10k, Sunday 6th February 2022

QRC Runners getting ready to brave the elements in xBorder 10K 2022

Ran under less than ideal conditions a brave bunch of runners from QRC took on the xBorder 10k 2022 running this year from Gretna to Carlisle, with some challenging conditions with a full spectrum of fine winter weather (cold, wind, rain, sleety snow and the sun even made a token appearance).

With a field of approximately 600 runners, the QRC crew had a challenge in finding space on the roads to Carlisle to settle into their own rhythms and run their own race, the weather proved its own challenges with the wind swirling about bringing in squalls of sleety/snow and a perpetual cold that sapped energy and seeped into the bones.

All being said and done a very good showing from all the QRC runners with Marie Marshall (the bionic woman) impervious to the weather achieving the accolade of first female finisher in an absolutely stonking time of 38m 27s.

xBorder 10K 2022 QRC results

DRC Cross Country 29/01/2022

Team QRC all set for XC

On a blustery Saturday afternoon (29/01/2022) a special team of runners nutters from QRC took part in the Dumfries Running Club (DRC) Cross Country run down at Kingholm, Dumfries. The course was a deceptively tough little 6.4K that was (un)fortunately not muddy but the wind posing it’s own challenges, with all completing the race successfully.

Marie Marshall came in as second female with a time of 24m 48s and good 2 minutes clear of her third placed rival. Alexandrea Gonzales started strong and was unlucky to miss out on a top 3 finish, but a good solid 4th a minute in front of the 5th placed runner. With Wendy and Lynsey pleased to finish in the times they did.

The men’s field was even more formidable than the ladies, with the first placed male finishing with a time of 19m 50s with only 3 minutes separating first place to 5th, the QRC boys had a tough race with two very strong performances from Gordon Vivers and Stuart Black.

Thanks to Dumfries Running Club for hosting a fantastic wee race a nice one to start off the New Year of racing, Team QRC Results Below

Marie Marshall24m 48s
Gordon Vivers26m 35s
Alexandrea Gonzales28m 01s
Stuart Black29m 48s
Lynsey Hanlon31m 56s
Wendy Gass34m 30s

xBorder 10k 2022

Just a quick heads up folks, entry is open for the xBorder 10k and there are still places available.

We have included this event in our Winter Schedule, I am assured it’s a fantastic run and well worth signing up for and running in.

A few of us have already signed up be good to have a few more running in QRC colours.

Queensberry Running Club the Story

Hailing from the lowland Borders region of Dumfries & Galloway a group of budding athletes more accustomed to a fitness step than a running step started meeting up on Wednesday evenings as lockdown & COVID restrictions started to ease in July 2020. 

Many had never run a step before unless it was to the bar for last orders but over the course of a few weeks more started to run and out of that Queensberry Running Club (QRC) was born. 

The ethos behind QRC is to be a less serious alternative to other clubs in the region for people wanting to try their hand at running, with social runs on a Wednesday evening focussing on the vicinity of Lockerbie & Moffat, the runs vary in length from short runs of 3 miles up to longer runs of 5 miles (with the odd 10k in summer evenings).

Taking their name from one of the prominent hills surrounding Moffat, QRC have taken on their namesake Queensberry in both a social walk and hill run. The social walk took place during the festive period of 2020 with several members braving the elements and up to the summit of Queensberry and some got an unexpected workout on the way into the start point.

In May 2021, in the alleged spring QRC held a summer league hill run on Queensberry where one of their members went out early and encountered some snow at the summit cairn, just goes to show you never know what to expect in the Scottish Hills.

QRC with the support of the Queensberry Estate and Scottish Hill Runners are excited to be hosting a race on Queensberry in 2022

Over that past 18 months QRC has partaken in road, trail and hill running, with several members participating in some SHR Races, with many donning a QRC shirt taking on the challenge of hill racing for the first time. With members having run the Cademuir Rollercoaster, Eildon 3 Hills, Lilliesleaf 10K and Tinto in the 2021 season, the appetite for the hills has been wetted. With the ladies achieving third team in the Eildon 3 Hill Race, a good summer season has been had in the hills.

QRC also run Winter & Summer Leagues where members are encouraged to challenge themselves to run longer distances over a variety of courses & terrains, to complement these QRC also held a series of course recces which saw the members deal with the whole spectrum of Scottish Weather, in the case of the Hartfell Horseshoe Recce all in the one day. 

Although this didn’t put some of our members off who went out a couple weeks later to take on the Hartfell Horseshoe Race.

Weather was much more favourable when QRC went up Criffel for a walking recce of the traditional race route up Knockendoch onto Criffel, there was a small group who ran up Criffel on this recce seeing some of the first runners on a new path which has been getting put in over the usually boggy section of the foot of Knockendoch.

QRC also have created half marathon route round Lockerbie and a challenging (but rewarding) half marathon around Moffat.  With many of the QRC members running their first half marathon when Lockerbie Half came up on the Summer Schedule and for all this was the longest run, they had ever undertaken, as a way of recognising this QRC presented these members with a certificate of achievement.

As part of the QRC Winter League 2020 the club held a couple of festive runs in December with most members getting into the spirit of things & donning festive costumes. QRC Members were asked for a small donation that when totalled came to £225 that was donated to the Moffat Mountain Rescue.

QRC have also put together an Ultra course  dubbed, The AeShaig Ultra which takes in Earshaig Forest and follows part of the Roman & Reivers route out to Ae looping back to Earshaig.  Recces for the AeShaig Ultra started back in Winter 2020 with several members enjoying a lovely day up in the Earshaig Forest in what could only be described as a Winter Wonderland.

With a further recce for the Roman & Reivers route & Ae section of the route taking place in the summer, where members were blessed with a perfect summer’s day for 22miles round the forests.

The main event of the AeShaig Ultra took place on 28th September 2021, which saw the 5 budding ultra-runners heading out at dark o’clock to get the first 22 miles under their belts before meeting up with a contingent of other members joining them for the last 8 miles.

On the same day they held a social evening & presentation night where two committee voted trophies were awarded for Most Improved Athlete and Most Consistent Athlete, there was also the members choice awards where members of QRC were given a vote on who they felt brought a lot to the club, in which saw three members being given this accolade.

What next for QRC well who knows, a few of our members are taking on the Great Glencoe Challenge in July 2022, a 26.2-mile Trekathon. Training has already started for the Trekathon although we are not sure they get the idea that they need to be able to walk 26.2miles with these choices of on course hydration.

A few others are eyeing bigger things in events such as Glen Ogle & Cumbria Way Ultras and maybe a wee marathon but for the most part we will be donning our trainers and vests and running in as many SHR runs as we can with a healthy dose of organised road races such as XBorder 10k being the first of these a run in which as the name suggests you run across the Scotland/England border from Carlisle to Gretna. As for the rest of the road running season, we will see what else takes our members fancy plus QRCs own Summer and Winter league runs.

QRC welcome walkers & runners of all abilities to the midweek social runs and encourage participation in their Summer & Winter League events. 

The aim is to have fun and keep active, with a healthy dose of laughter, traybake & homemade gin.

The QRC Scribbler

This is the website for Queensberry Running Club, a small club based between Lockerbie & Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. Born out of lockdown due to the COVID-19 Global Pandemic a small group of people used to going to gym & fitness classes came up with the idea of meeting up in legally permitted groups for runs in July 2020 whilst the local fitness facilities & gyms were still closed.

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