By HHR, Jan 14 2017 4:31PM
4 to count from the following 16
Craig Dunain 18-Mar
Criffel 19-Mar (SHR)
Beinn Ratha 15-Apr
Stuc a'Chroin 06-May (SHR)
Goatfell 20-May (SHR)
Trotternish Ridge 03-Jun (SHR)
El Presidente TBC
Meall an t-Suidhe 01-Jul
Strathconon HG TBC
Strathpeffer HG 12-Aug(SHR)
Ben Nevis 02-Sep
Devil's Beeftub 09-Sep (SHR)
Tain Hill Trail TBC
North District XC TBC
By HHR, Jan 6 2017 12:30PM
Minutes of Highland Hill Runners AGM
Held on 1 December 2016, 7pm at Raigmore Rec Hall
In attendance: Russell McKechnie, Dougie Macdonald, Gordie Taylor, Claire Piper, Steve Popple, Katy Boocock, Iain Maclennan, Karen Lyons, Rhona Grant, Gavin Whiteside, Wullie Nicolson, Ray Wilby, Dave Wilby, Rachel Limbrick.
Russell welcomed those in attendance.
Apologies had been received from Sam, Becky, Phil, Jonathon, Alex Tarbuck, Luke, Graham + Rosemary Arhur, Stuart Ross.
Chairman’s report – Notable results at SHR champs in the age categories: Luke (U23), David Gallie (M50), Karen (F40), male team 4th overall beating Westies, Carnegie, HBT, Cosmics, Bethan 1st at MaB and Rhona first at Tain, Alex S first team gold at World Champs, Gordie T reached 100 SHR races and first V50 win. XC relay bronze for ladies and gold for Vet guys, Sam 13th at Snowdon and Bethan 1st under 25, Dave Kerr’s Ramsay Round 21hrs 49mins, Megan 1st win at Fyrish and Dave Wilby Race Organiser and winner, James Slimon Badenoch young sports personality of the year award, Steven Gregg 5th in Cateran Way, Ryan MacKenzie 1st at Great Glen Way, Shona and Sam winners at Alex Brett Cioch Mhor. Scottish xc masters 1st Alex Sutherland. Sam 2nd at Carnethy 5 and Wullie Nicolson won at Beinn Ratha.
Secretary’s report – As the point of contact for Scottish Athletics, I tend to pass on only those items that I think may be of general interest to our members. A lot of the other contact from Scottish Athletics relates to coaching, development and the like which generally means meetings and committees. If anyone is interested, please let me know as there are opportunities out there.
Structured training sessions on Tuesdays (6pm, Aquadome) catering for those members that want to undertake group speed sessions/interval training and hill reps continue to prove very popular with regular high attendance. Many thanks to Dougie and Sam for leading these sessions The Club features on Strava which allows Club members to compete against each other for weekly leader-board honours as well as taking on distance and height climbed challenges which can help with motivation.
The Club Facebook page and the associated group pages for circuits and car-share are great ways for members to communicate and continue to raise the profile of the Club and hill running.
Membership Secretary – 142 members, including 36 new recruits. 17 juniors. 40 female. 102 male. Club champs -17 women took part (1 completed), 47 men took part (12 completed). Champions – Gill Irvine, men’s to be decided after xc champs (Dave Wilby).
Overall participation in hill races was down – 132 compared to 137. Women up from 23 to 26. Encourage more race participation – particularly the women.
Tuesday training: Numbers up as high as 25. Normally about a dozen.
Circuits: Falk Schlaghecke leads the classes for free. We pay £25 for the room. Charging £4 each. No cost to the club. We’ve been covering the cost of the room, but would be good to get a few more folks along.
Treasurer – Accounts circulated. 142 members - numbers are up, Bunnet money*. Lots of money at Knockfarell, profit at Fyrish low because paid for prizes for Slioch from the profit. Expenditure on a gazebo and club champ plates. More money to SA affiliation fee. £300 still to come from MaB. Graham A to donate £50 for beer on Saturday. Donation to Peffery Way £100. Thanks to Team Wilby, the Knockfarrel route was cleared. Falk doing circuits for free just have to pay for room at Gym 300. £100 to SHRunning, SHRacing. *more to follow in the new year once current orders have been made and paid for.
4 Election of Office Bearers
Chairman – Russell proposed by Karen seconded by Claire
Secretary – Karen
Membership Secretary – Doug proposed by Russell seconded Karen. Need help with xc numbers so Doug doesn’t have to be there early each time.
Treasurer – No volunteers. Jonathon proposed by Russell seconded by Doug
Committee – Everyone else in attendance.
Logistics Manager/Race kit – Wullie N volunteered for race kit. New radios required. Committee decided to buy new radios rather than borrow from others. Wullie N to ask John H see how much they cost and buy similar. Battery life is important.
5 Membership Costs
£free – child
£6 – unwaged or student/oap
£12 – adult
£18 – family
6 Club Races
Cioch Mhor –Sam - last Sat in March
Fyrish – Dave W - TBC End may/start June
Slioch – John H 10 June
Meall a Buchaille – Russell - Sat in Oct before the xc. (3rd Sat)
Knockfarrell – Katy/Dagmar - to organise first week in Nov (put forward for ND Hill Champs)
7 Club Championship Races
Let people know that you are going via car share to encourage SHR participation. Plan ahead, pre-entry for some races these days (particularly the SHR Championship Counters.
1. Same Championship races as last year
2. Add in SHR Championship races
4 from 16 to count.
8 Other Races
Orienteering – 10 club runners run but 7 would have been there anyway. Mackenzies, Arthurs, Shepherds, Ken, Nicolson, Sue W. Tried to get a league but quite difficult. Pick an InVoc event. Wullie to pick event when calendar is ready.
Try a mid week crunce series based on 1 route e.g. Thursday at Ord Hill – Katy to organise a route, Iain Maclennan to assist.
9 Child Welfare
SA expect a Club child welfare officer. Need PVG. Read the policy and email everyone.
10 Equipment, Race Kit
See above. Also stop watches.
11 Club Champions
Male – Dave Wilby, Female – Gill Irvine
By HHR, Oct 24 2016 8:40PM
Finish name Club Category Time
1 Finlay Wild LAC M 01:04:39
2 Tim Gomersall HHR M 01:07:06
3 Graham Bee IH M 01:07:18
4 Ally Beaven U/A M 01:07:55
5 Alec Keith HBT M50 01:08:44
6 Rob Brookes Cosmics M 01:09:07
7 Jack Trevelyan HHR M 01:09:12
8 Thomas Knox Anster Haddies M 01:09:48
9 Phil Mowbray HBT M40 01:10:34
10 Andrew Wilby HHR M40 01:11:17
11 John Yells LAC M 01:11:25
12 Mike Stewart Keith and District M50 01:11:31
13 Wullie Nicolson HHR M40 01:11:37
14 Michael O'Donnell IH M 01:11:41
15 Stuart Malcolm HHR M40 01:12:36
16 Gavin Whiteside HHR M 01:13:10
17 Billy Gibson Dundee Hawkhill M40 01:13:42
18 Dave Cummins HHR M50 01:15:21
19 Dan Whitehead Deeside M40 01:15:26
20 Peter Henry Deeside M 01:15:28
21 Alistair Walker Deeside M 01:15:28
22 Neil Easton Stonehaven M 01:15:46
23 Johanne Petersen BASOC M 01:16:31
24 Alan Smith Deeside M50 01:16:32
25 Francis Williams U/A M40 01:17:07
26 Ben Gibson U/A M 01:18:04
27 chris Walsa Dundee Hawkhill M 01:18:28
28 David Pearkes HHR M40 01:18:33
29 Russell Duncan U/A M40 01:18:46
30 Iain Maclennan HHR M40 01:19:00
31 chris Grant-pantry U/A M 01:19:11
32 Richard Macleod LAC M 01:19:17
33 Graeme Gatherer U/A M40 01:19:24
34 Nick Carter U/A M40 01:20:03
35 Gordon Mackenzie Police Athletics M 01:20:15
36 Brian Newlands NHR M 01:20:46
37 Eric Duncan HH M 01:20:56
38 Stuart Forrest HHR M 01:21:14
39 Stuart Wilson IH M 01:21:15
40 Bethan Nadin HHR F 01:21:38
41 Dan Watson Loch Tayside M40 01:22:03
42 Dennis Macdonald Cosmics M 01:22:13
43 Gavin Mackenzie U/A M 01:22:39
44 Dougie Macdonald HHR M40 01:22:50
45 Scott Grosdanoff U/A M 01:23:14
46 Ruari Miller U/A M 01:23:24
47 Diarmid Oineill NHH M40 01:23:41
48 Don Macleod HHR M 01:24:35
49 Gerald Angus Keith and District M50 01:24:49
50 Stephen Gill Keith and District M 01:25:05
51 Fiona Mcdonald Cosmics F 01:25:14
52 Richard Ingram Cosmics M40 01:25:20
53 Graeme Campbell IH M40 01:25:44
54 David Hurst Deeside M50 01:26:10
55 Hilary Cameron Forres Harriers F40 01:26:27
56 Tim Pott Forres Harriers M50 01:26:48
57 John Urquhart Keith and District M50 01:26:58
58 Robert Maclean U/A M50 01:27:33
59 Stuart Thompson Nairn RR M 01:27:47
60 Trevor Shaw Loch Tayside M50 01:28:02
62 Graham Kelly Westies M40 01:28:08
62 Kenny Macgruger NHH M 01:28:18
63 Megan Wright HBT F40 01:28:35
64 Brian Macdonald LAC M 01:29:26
65 Eugene Mackie Vegan Runners M 01:29:36
66 Simon Harrison NHH M50 01:29:40
67 Steve Macdonald U/A M 01:29:42
68 William Hinchliffe Carnethy M 01:30:27
69 Andrew McCrae U/A M 01:30:39
70 Sue Wilby HHR F40 01:30:59
71 David Bryan East Sutherland M40 01:31:40
72 George Paterson Invoc M40 01:32:01
73 Suzy Devey LAC F 01:33:15
74 Dagmar Borrowman HHR F40 01:34:10
75 Paul Borrowman U/A M40 01:34:10
76 Ian Hamilton Cosmics M50 01:34:21
77 David Mckeown HHR M40 01:34:37
78 Angus Bowmon Lomond HR M60 01:34:55
79 Graham Calder Ben Wyvis CC M40 01:35:34
80 Katy Boocock HHR F50 01:36:12
81 Melanie Gaff Cairngorm F 01:37:39
82 Nick Goldfinch Carnethy M 01:37:41
83 Brian Brennan Westies M60 01:37:57
84 Jill Kerr HHR F40 01:38:16
85 Matthew Slater LAC M 01:38:33
86 Stuart Ross HHR M 01:38:37
87 Fran Britain Forres Harriers F40 01:39:39
88 Jodi Sharpe IH F40 01:40:11
89 Emma O'Shea Deeside F 01:40:29
90 Michael Macrae HHR M 01:40:30
91 Phil Forte Dundee Hawkhill M60 01:40:40
92 Chris Sutcliffe U/A M 01:40:50
93 Craig Wallace HHR M 01:40:53
94 Doreen Campbell IH F40 01:40:54
95 Alice McCrae U/A F 01:40:47
96 Christoper Heyer U/A M40 01:42:27
97 Jonathan Weir U/A M 01:42:38
98 lisa Blackley U/A F 01:43:37
99 Willie Macrae HHR M60 01:45:42
100 David Oliver Deeside M50 01:46:38
101 Claire Piper HHR F40 01:47:02
102 Eleanor Munro Keith and District F40 01:48:41
103 Shona Macpherson U/A F40 01:48:54
104 Peter Ferguson HHR M60 01:49:07
105 Tom Peake U/A M 01:49:54
106 Emma Pearce LAC F 01:50:28
107 Elaine Stewart Cosmics F50 01:50:55
108 Jane Oliver Deeside F50 01:53:43
109 Andrew Sim Carnegie M40 01:53:47
110 Debz Hay Anster Haddies W50 01:54:46
111 Rod Campbell Cosmics M70 01:54:56
112 Sandy Slater LAC M60 01:56:38
113 Brenda Paul Westies F 02:04:37
114 Jean Bowman Lomond HR F50 02:09:34
115 Alison Johnston HBT F50 02:14:36
116 George Hay (and Willow)Anster Haddies M50 02:23:38
By HHR, Oct 24 2016 11:47AM
The Edinburgh Marathon Festival is now in its 15th year and takes place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May 2017. This ever-growing festival of running is now a major event in the Scottish sporting calendar. Starting in Edinburgh, the course heads out through East Lothian offering stunning views and an unforgettable running experience.
The marathon route is one of the fastest in the UK making that that elusive personal best a distinct possibility! Edinburgh Marathon joined the world's elite road races in 2012 by becoming the first marathon in Scotland to be officially recognised by the IAAF, the athletics governing body. The IAAF bronze label puts the race among the top 75 in the world making it a pivotal part of the sporting calendar for runners.
The Edinburgh Marathon Festival is the UK’s largest running festival and it’s right on your doorstep! The full weekend of events attracts around 30,000 runners, with thousands more lining the course to support. There are 9 races on offer over two days including the marathon, half marathon, team relay, 10k, 5k and junior races. There really is something for everyone, so why not make the most of the Bank Holiday weekend.
By HHR, Jul 6 2016 7:30PM
Saturday 16th July 1pm
10.6k 1,062m AM
Every runner will get a raffle ticket with their entry. Giving them a chance to win a 2 or 3 night break at any Bay Hotel for 2 people - worth about £200
Venue Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team Base NH094879
The following must be worn or carried
Full waterproof body cover inc hat and gloves.
Random kit checks will be carried out.
COURSE:- There are no course markers, free route choice to summit pillar.
Navigational skills may be required if misty.
Much of course follows a very rough bouldery/rocky path. The descent from the summit to the col is steep and boulder strewn.
MARSHALS:- Two at summit pillar where numbers will be recorded. There will be at least 4 other marshals at strategic points identified by yellow jackets. All are first aid trained and will carry first aid kits and radios.
ALL RETIREES MUST REPORT TO A MARSHAL ON THE COURSE IF POSSIBLE AND AT THE FINISH
There will be an Emergency Medical Technician on duty at the finish.
In the event of bad weather the course will turn at the 863m spot height at Sron a’ Choire.
PARKING Extra parking is available at Dundonnell Hotel if no spaces available at the base.
By HHR, Mar 29 2016 8:41AM
Alex Brett Cioch Mhor
Its was dry the day before, on race day a lot of rain had socked the course making the going a bit tougher, luckily the river stayed low. a record turn out of 78 hardy hill runners registered. Some great running was about to develop and as it went stories of fences, blood, water and heather. The race started and there was a feeling of a wry smile from above. HHR Sam Hesling and Tim Gomersall, Grampian ran hard at the front regularly swapping places Sam ran stronger in the last quarter finishing first a minute outside the record, Tim finished second although first prize for fence jump style. Ally Beaven U/A finished in third.
Great win for HHR Shona Mackie in the ladies race pushed by Lina Mardall, Deeside in second. Lesley Clark, Cosmic third. HHR won both the team races Sam, Jack, Henry and Shona, Sue, Sheryl. Two M70s in the race, my hats off to you Ray Wilby 1:36 and Joe Holden 1:42 and Ray accompanied me round the race route the day before.
11 runners in the Junior SAL counter race that started shortly after the main race, telling them not to sprint from the start was a waste of time, much to bemusement of some runners they soon made their way through the back of the field in the main race. First was Danny McPake in a very fast time of 24.29 , second Keir Beaton third Finlay Rutter, Junior Ladies Grace Whelan followed by Niamh Whelan.
Many thanks to Ray for sharing the organisational duties, Lynda and David for sourcing local prizes, gratefully given by Cockburns, GlenWyvis Gin and Gary Cambell. Sandy for the hand crafted trophies. Permission to cross the fields from Watsons and Macintyre. The legion that baked and of course the marshals, tea ladies and Dundonnell Mountain Rescue team, flowers for Lynda and Alicia the Ladies behind the making of the race. There was a wry smile from above right enough.
By HHR, Mar 27 2016 9:57PM
Pos Runner Club Time Cat
1 Sam Hesling HHR 01:06:15 M
2 Tim Somersall Grampian O 01:07:56 M
3 Ally Beaven U/A 01:09:04 M
4 Jack Trevelyan HHR 01:10:13 M
5 Johannes Felter BASOC 01:10:46 M
6 Henry Blake HHR 01:12:42 M
7 Andrew MacRae IH 01:13:17 M40
8 Graham Bee IH 01:13:58 M
9 Michael O'Donnell IH 01:14:19 M
10 William Nicolson HHR 01:14:45 M40
11 Mike Stewart Keith 01:15:18 M50
12 Andrew Wilby HHR 01:15:58 M40
13 Robbie Paterson Forres 01:16:11 M
14 Francisco Javier Cabera BNRA 01:18:26 M
15 Alan Smith Deeside 01:18:29 M50
16 John Urquhart Spey Runners 01:19:14 M40
17 Gavin MacMillan LAC 01:19:29 M
18 Waldemar Krogulec HHR 01:19:44 M
19 Andrew Patience Carnethy 01:19:50 M40
20 David Gawe HHR 01:19:58 M50
21 Francis Williams U/A 01:20:23 M
22 Eoin Coull Ross County 01:20:50 M40
23 Stewart Wilson IH 01:20:58 M40
24 Rory O'Hara Murray Cosmic 01:21:31 M
25 Iain Maclennan HHR 01:21:37 M40
26 Stuart Forrest HHR 01:23:51 M
27 Graham Maclennan IH 01:23:57 M40
28 Mark Robson HHR 01:24:14 M40
29 Clifford Leith Metro Aberdeen 01:25:06 M40
30 John MacEwan Ochil 01:25:15 M40
31 Barrie MacKinnon LAC 01:25:28 M
32 Jon Shepherd HHR 01:25:56 M40
33 Alasdair McDougall HHR 01:26:24 M40
34 Gerald Angus Keith 01:26:36 M50
35 Jamie Paterson HHR 01:26:48 M40
36 David Clark Cosmics 01:27:02 M40
37 Calum Faulkner HHR 01:27:28 M
38 Mark Robb HHR 01:27:35 M
39 Kenneth MacDonald U/A 01:27:52 M
40 Gregor Davidson Acoy 4 Para 01:29:19 M
41 Shona Mackie HHR 01:29:47 F
42 Kenneth Mckenzie U/A 01:30:49 M
43 David Holden lomond HR 01:30:50 M
44 Lina Mardall Deeside 01:31:39 F50
45 Robert Maclean LAC 01:32:19 M40
46 John Moffat HHR 01:32:40 M50
47 Kenneth Buchanan HHR 01:32:45 M
48 Jonathan Weir U/A 01:32:54 M
49 Craig Wallace Helm HR 01:32:59 M
50 Robert Maclean U/A 01:33:14 M50
51 Steven James Liddle HHR 01:34:12 M40
52 Lesley Clark Cosmics 01:34:22 F40
53 Brian Campbell LAC 01:34:25 M50
54 David Mitchell U/A 01:34:33 M
55 Sue Wilby HHR 01:35:13 F40
56 Raymond Wilby HHR 01:36:13 M70
57 Brian Brennan westies 01:36:52 M60
58 Colin Wilson lomond HR 01:37:49 M50
59 Iain Beedie lomond HR 01:38:14 M40
60 David Bryan East Sutherland 01:38:38 M40
61 Melanie Gaff U/A 01:38:55 F
62 Colin Earnshaw NHH 01:39:50 M40
63 Stuart Ross HHR 01:39:53 M
64 Joe Holden lomond HR 01:42:02 M70
65 David Duncan Ochil 01:43:40 M60
66 Joan Wilson lomond HR 01:43:46 F50
67 Scott Munro Lochtayside 01:44:47 M40
68 Derek Arnot HHR 01:45:11 M50
69 Rebecca Bryce Cosmics 01:47:00 F
70 Sheryl Innes HHR 01:48:52 F
71 Eleanor Munro Keith 01:51:15 F40
72 Duncan Tunstaff Deeside 01:54:00 M50
73 Willie MacRae Helm HR 01:54:07 M40
74 Tilly Smith U/A 01:55:04 F50
75 Linda Smith Moray RR 01:56:26 F50
76 Megan Bee HHR 02:01:44 F
77 Louise Grilly Carscube Har 02:01:44 F
Pos Name Club Time
1 Danny McPake Ross County 24:29
2 Keir Beaton East Sutherland 25:18
3 Finlay Rutter Unattached 25:48
4 Liam Clark Aberdeen AAC 26:20
5 Joseph Conner Helm HR 26:44
6 Grace Whelan Moray RR 26:46
7 Kyle Sutherland Ross County 27:38
8 Alex Ellen Ross County 28:08
9 Sam Bryan East Sutherland 30:36
10 Hamish Hickey Ross County 32:31
11 Niamh Whelan Moray RR 32:58
By HHR, Feb 8 2016 8:56PM
At the HHR AGM, the discussions included a wee chat about the possibility of having an HHR Orienteering outing in 2016.
A date early in the year, before the busy race period kicks off sounded like a plan.
On 21st February there is an event at Darnaway Forest, so not too far to travel.
There is a full spread of courses from White to Brown, see link below, and Darnaway is thought of as one of the best areas in Scotland for Orienteering, it's very runnable open woodland.
To make it a wee competition, there is a way to score the different courses by using the same system as INVOC's club champs.
This would be adapted for our fun challenge, so bragging rights and cheap prizes could be on offer!
Points calculated = The average of the first 3 finishers' times for your course is divided by your time and the result multiplied by the relevant magic number for each course difficulty.
White and Yellow are beginner levels for young kids, tend to be v short, and stick to paths.
Orange and Light Green are for progressing towards competent map reading, but not too difficult.
Green to Brown are the same high technical difficulty but with increasing length (You'll need to be good with a compass for these).
More beginners info at:
So, to gauge interest, please let me know if you are interested in having a go at the HHR Orienteering challenge.
Also let me know if anyone would be interested in some basic training / tips, possibly on an evening before the event.
Depending on interest, more info to follow...
There are also 2 semi-perm courses near Aviemore until end of Feb, if you want some forest practice
Fun quiz if you want to practice your Orienteering map symbols
By HHR, Feb 1 2016 9:52PM
Thanks to Becki and her team, it doesn't cost you anything to be rescued but if you are it's priceless.
By HHR, Oct 12 2015 8:11PM
The great adventure
Runner Highland hill Runner.
Such a nice guy Highlander
His Pride and Joy his girls Lynda and Kirsty
His faithful friend Struie
Alec loved wild places to travel and roam he was part of a family of friends that would meet up for running and banter. From Croick to Inverlael , lochinver to ledmore, Across Knoydart all on high ground, up the great Glen, the Cairgorms, Jura, Mt Keen and across Wester Ross that names a few, lots of time solo but thats what we do.
Great times remembered every year at Inchnadaph lodge after a hard day on the hill where energy levels were kept in reserve for the games and the crack, balloon football, table tennis (Alec always brought the table tennis kit) and place the bottle.
Alec was Mr consistent every year competed in the Strath Conon race, Highland Cross, Wilderness Challenge and Ben Nevis some for over 30 years and never missed one. Others would be bragging but not Alec these races were routine to Alec like buying milk at the corner shop How did he mange it to stay so fit and well year after year and in between trek cycle and race abroad and at home not for getting the heavy labour of his building work and most recently the single handed construction within his yard. No one else could have done that and one ever will that was Alec.
Alec loved the banter the race the adventure we remember all these times with friends together. Its so sad Alec's gone but remember the banter the race the adventure and put a smile on your face and lets pull it together.
Thank You Alec its been an honour
I'm just writing to say how shocked, and very sad I am to hear the news about Alec - (quite by chance, via Scotland teletext headlines). It's such a huge shame.
It was an absolute pleasure to meet Alec when we were both among those taking part in the 1997 Everest Marathon. He was a lovely man.
- I'm pretty sure I sent him a photo that I took whilst I was heading away from Namche Bazaar, on the Thamo loop (ie the last 6 miles of the marathon), and he was heading back, towards the finish! - I'm away from my house at the moment but will email it to you when I can (hopefully next week).
In 2005, it was great to bump into him again - at the World Masters weekend, in Keswick. We had a nice catch up, in the refreshment tent.
It's good to know that he was still running in the hills and thoroughly enjoying outdoor life, and it's no surprise at all to read of his involvement in the local community, and the running club, and to hear how very well liked he was, by so many people.
My sympathy to you, and to all who were lucky enough to meet Alec - please would you pass on my sympathy, and my wholehearted condolences, to his family.
With fond, and happy, memories of Alec
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