Dunoon Hill Runners 2018 Summer Series

Dates for DHR 2018 Summer Series races have been announced, as below. Full details will be released in due course (keep an eye on the club calendar):

  • 10K Trail Race, Glenkin – 10 am 31 March 2018
  • Kilbride Hill Challenge – evening, 17 May 2018
  • Long Hill Race, Bishop’s Seat – evening 5 June 2018
  • Vertical KM (combined with Breakfast Run) – morning, 7 July 2018
  • Cowal Highland Gathering Road 5K – evening, 23 August 2018
  • Cowal Highland Gathering Hill Race (Camel’s Hump) – 25 August 2018
  • Downhill Race – evening 20 September 2018
  • Handicap Race, Glenkin – TBA

Dunoon Hill Runners 10K Race and Family Day – 31 March 2018

Dunoon Hill Runners will be kicking off its 2018 Summer Series with a 10K trail race at Glenkin forestry on 31 March 2018. This will be followed by a Kids’ Fun Run, an Easter Egg Hunt and a barbecue. All members and their kids are welcome. Please let us know if you plan to attend.

The schedule is as follows:

9 am – Registration for 10K Trail Race – upper car park at Glenkin entrance

10 am – 10K Trail Race

11.45 am – Kids’ Fun Run followed by Easter Egg hunt/kids’ activities  – Abernethy Bothy, Glenkin

1 pm (or after kids’ activities) – Barbecue – Abernethy Bothy, Glenkin

Dunoon Hill Runners 2018 AGM and Prizegiving

As has become traditional, the day of the Dunoon Hill Runners annual AGM and Prizegiving, held on 24 February 2018, commenced that morning with the last club league race of the year. This was the Handicap Race, a 4K loop in Glenkin. Start times were allocated to runners based on their season’s performance, and first across the finish line this year were Ann Keenan and new member Steve Danby.

The evening’s proceedings were held at Cowal Golf Club, starting with the AGM when Club Chairman, Ian Marshall, reviewed a year that had seen a sizeable intake of new runners, expanding the membership total to over 100. In acknowledgement of this, attendees voted in an additional 6 committee members, with positions covering social events, training co-ordination and membership.

The club prizegiving ensued and included the presentation of a new trophy which had been designed and hand made by Holly Lyons of Dunoon Grammar School.

DHR 2018 Prizewinners

LtoR: Back – Jean Bryson, Lucie Noakes, Ann Keenan, Sheila Ireland, Ian Marshall, Lindsay Moss, Kat Ullrich. Front – Ricky Reid, Bryan Fitzpatrick. Not pictured: Michael Tweedley, Grant Mackellar, Steve Danby


Michael Tweedley collects his 4 trophies from Vice President, Ricky Reid, and Treasurer, Morven Walsh

List of Prizewinners

President’s Trophy for Most Inspirational Runner – Bryan Fitzpatrick
Most Improved Male Runner (as voted by members) – Bryan Fitzpatrick
Most Improved Female Runner (as voted by members) – Eilidh Paterson
Summer League Series:
Senior Male Winner – Grant Mackellar
Senior Female Winner – Kat Ullrich
Senior Veteran Male Winner – Michael Tweedley
Senior Veteran Female Winner – Jean Bryson

Handicap Race Male – Steve Danby
Handicap Race Female – Ann Keenan
Handicap Race Overall Male – Bryan Fitzpatrick
Handicap Race Overall Female – Kat Ullrich
Vertical KM Male – Michael Tweedley
Vertical KM Female – Lindsay Moss
Long Hill Race Male – Michael Tweedley
Long Hill Race Female – Sheila Ireland
Downhill Race Male – Ricky Reid
Downhill Race Female – Lucie Noakes
10K Trail Race Male – Grant Mackellar
10K Trail Race Female – Kat Ullrich
Kilbride Hill Race Male – Michael Tweedley
Kilbride Hill Race Female – Lindsay Moss

Medals were also presented to all members who had participated in the club league.

2017 Summer Series Race Dates

Race dates for the 2017 Summer Series have been added to the Club calendar, and are listed below:

Glenkin 10k – Tuesday 20th June, 6pm

Kilbride – Thursday 13th July, 6pm

Bishops Seat – Tuesday 1st August, 7pm

5k Road Race – Thurs 24th August (Cowal Highland Gathering)

Camels Hump – Saturday 26th August (if Cowal Highland Gathering race doesn’t go ahead Club will arrange another night)

Vertical KM – Sat 16th September, 9.30am

Downhill Race – Thursday 28th September, 6pm

Glenkin Handicap – Feb date TBC

Another Year of Success for Dunoon Hill Runners

Saturday 18 February 2017 commenced with the last event of the Dunoon Hill Runners 2016-17 league series, the Handicap Race. Start times were allocated appropriate to each runner based on their season’s performance, and competitors set off chasing each other down on a damp and muddy Glenkin 5K route. First across the finish line was Bryan Fitzpatrick, followed by Lucie Shaw.

Later that day, the AGM and prizegiving were once again held at the Kirn and Hunters Quay Bowling Club. Dunoon Hill Runners Chairman, Ian Marshall, reviewed another successful year, with members continuing to represent the club in both local and national events. Two new committee members were voted into the positions of Secretary and Race Organisation Officer.

The prizegiving came next and included 2 handsome new trophies hand made by Dunoon Grammar School students, Isaac Lines and Elizabeth Stirling. In addition to the official shields and trophies, some light-hearted recognition was given to specific members for their outstanding contributions in the fields of swearing, sob story-telling, weight loss, animal rescue and a special award for heroic efforts in under-training.

List of Prizewinners:
President’s Trophy for Most Inspirational Runner – Ali McCrossan
Most Improved Male Runner (as voted by members) – Bryan Fitzpatrick
Most Improved Female Runner (as voted by members) – Lucie Shaw

Summer League Series:
Senior Male Winner – Ricky Reid
Senior Female Winner – Lucie Noakes
Senior Veteran Male Winner – Roger Stewart
Senior Veteran Female Winner – Morven Walsh

Handicap Race Male – Bryan Fitzpatrick
Handicap Race Female – Lucie Shaw
Handicap Race Overall Male – Grant Mackellar
Handicap Race Overall Female – Lindsay Moss
Vertical KM Male – Ricky Reid
Vertical KM Female – Lucie Noakes
Long Hill Race Male – Ricky Reid
Long Hill Race Female – Ronee McCarthy
Downhill Race Male – Ricky Reid
Downhill Race Female – Morven Walsh

10K Trail Race Male – Grant Mackellar
10K Trail Race Female – Lucie Noakes
Kilbride Hill Race Male – Grant Mackellar
Kilbride Hill Race Female – Lucie Noakes
Medals were also presented to all members who participated in at least 3 league events.

DHR 2017 prizewinners

L to R back: Morven Walsh, Lucie Shaw, Roger Stewart, Grant Mackellar, Bryan Fitzpatrick, Ricky Reid.
L to R front: Ronee McCarthy, Lucie Noakes, Richie Longster

2016 DHR AGM and Prizegiving

The DHR 2016 AGM and Prizegiving was held on Saturday 27 February at Kirn and Hunters Quay Bowling Club and was very well attended by both existing and new members. Proceedings commenced with the AGM, the minutes of which can be found here [PDF].

The Prizegiving ensued and the following trophies were presented:

  • 2015 Summer Series Handicap Race Winner – Kate Mcghie
  • 2015 Summer Series Vertical K Race Winner – Grant Mackellar
  • 2015 Summer Series Senior Female Winner – Lindsay Moss (not in attendance)
  • 2015 Summer Series Senior Male Winner – Iain Cairns
  • 2015 Summer Series Senior Veteran Female Winner – Lisa Marshall
  • 2015 Summer Series Senior Veteran Male Winner – Roger Stewart
  • Most Improved Female (as voted by members) – Kristine Stewart
  • Most Improved Male (as voted by members) – Bobby Good
  • President’s Trophy for Most Inspirational Runner – Kristine Stewart

Other prizes were also awarded:

  • 2015 Summer Series Handicap Race First Male Finisher – Kieron Fitzpatrick
  • 2015 Summer Series Handicap Race First Female Finisher – Kate Mcghie
  • 2015 Summer Series Handicap Race Overall Winner – Grant Mackellar (16:51.8 – Course Record)

Medals were presented to all members who had participated in at least two 2015 Summer Series events, and a special commendation was given to Isla Witherow for being the only member to participate in all 6 events.

Congratulations to all the prize winners!

The 2015 Dunoon Hill Runners Trophy Winners

The 2015 Dunoon Hill Runners Trophy Winners: (L to R) Iain Cairns, Lisa Marshall, Bobby Good, Grant Mackellar, Kate Mcghie, Roger Stewart, Kristine Stewart

Summer isn’t over!

Just when you thought summer was a distant memory (or even a distant hope), Dunoon Hill Runners is bringing it back! Two further races will take place to complete the 2015 Summer Series in order to determine final placings. Details are as follows:

  • Saturday 20 February 2016 – Royal Botanic Gardens, Benmore at 9 am. Vertical K sprint. Tea, coffee and cakes afterwards.
  • Saturday 27 February 2016 – Glenkin at 9 am. Club Handicap race. The final sprint for glory!

Club members only.

Volcano Run 2015

Dunoon Hill Runners is delighted to announce that on 8 August 2015, the second Annual Volcano Run and second Summer Series race will be held, sponsored by J Mundell & Son.

This is approximately a 5k and 10k run. Starting from Toward Farm the run will take you up on to an extinct volcano, Buaicheileann, whereupon after reaching the peak at 400 metres you will quickly descend back to Toward Farm.

Volcano RunThe 5k run for juniors (under 18s) and 10k run for seniors (18-pre-historic) will begin at 1 pm.

All runners are strongly advised to wear suitable trainers for fell running. Marshals will be on the course for your own safety. Further details of race rules will be posted up soon.

Trophies for 1st placed Male Senior, Male Vet, Female Senior, Female Vet and Junior runners. All runners completing the course will put their race number in a bucket and the numbers pulled out will win a prize!

All attending can also expect a BBQ/food. This is aimed at a fun family day out for all involved or keen to be involved with Dunoon Hill Runners. It is a BYOB event, alcoholic or soft drinks permitted.

Cost: DHR adult members running £5 Juniors members £1 
Non adult members running £10 Junior £3
Only attending BBQ Adults £5 Juniors £2
First Burger/Hot Dog included in price and table food. Other burgers priced at £1 members £ 1.50 non members.

Payable on or before 3 August 2015. Payment on the day may be available however there are a limited number of places so, to guarantee your place, early payment is encouraged. Payment can be made by Paypal or cash/cheque payable to Dunoon Hill Runners (email DHR Chairman for details). If anyone is interested in using a coach for transport picking up in Dunoon (possibly Sandbank) and returning in the evening, please let the DHR Chairman know. For a nominal fee this may be possible to be organised.

Summer Series 2015

Qualifying Races

  1. Volcano Run – 8th August
  2. Cowal Games Hill Race – 29th August
  3. CowalFest 10k – 10th October
  4. Kilbride Hill Race – 16th July and 23rd July
  5. Strachur 10k (with a bit extra) – 24th October
  6. Handicap Race – DTBC

Best 4 results qualify.

Category: 1st Male, 1st Female, 1st Male Vet, 1st Female Vet, 1st Male Jnr, 1st Female Jnr

Points awarded

10 – 1st
9 – 2nd
8 – 3rd
7 – 4th
6 – 5th
5 – all other finishers
No points for marshals/volunteering

Summer League 2014 – Final Race and Final Results

Summer League Final Race 2014Stretching the limits of the title of “Summer League”, a crowd of Dunoon Hill Runners braved the very non-summery freezing rain for the final, handicap race of the 2014 season on Saturday 6 December. The course had been marked out in Glenkin and started with an uphill push on the trail that’s well-known to most DHR folks, before taking a sharp left into less familiar, and somewhat wilder, enjoyably hilly terrain.

Being a handicap race, runners set out at individual times which were based on their previous season’s performance (these had been carefully worked out by DHR committee members using advanced mathematical skills and a calculator). Inevitably, some runners were “caught” by others who had set out after them and hunted them down, but good-natured camaraderie prevailed. Competitors had been warned at the start to anticipate slippery conditions underfoot, but everyone made it back with no stumbles to report and full dignity intact.

Unfortunately, the persistent rain curtailed socialising afterwards, however, thanks go to Morven, Kirsty and Lynda for thrusting baked goodies into the hands of grateful runners. Thanks also go to Kenny and Ian for organising, and to Morven and Emma for marshalling.

Congratulations go to first male, John Colquhoun, and joint first females, Claire McFadden and Suzanne Longster.

DHR is pleased to release the final results of the Summer League 2014 [.xls file]. A big “well done!” goes to overall winner, Lisa Marshall.

Congratulations to all who have taken part and made this year such a tremendous success!