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!

Info on Dunoon Hill Runners Summer Series

by Kenny Taylor, Secretary

These are exciting times for hill and trail runners in Dunoon and Cowal as the breakfast runs go from strength to strength and the hills around us are lit up with neon jackets, the sound of laughter, panting breaths and the glorious sight of runners on the trails.

This update is to let you know that the club intends to coordinate a very informal summer series. The series (or league) will see points awarded to those who choose to run in races from a set list published on the DHR website. These 6-8 races all take place between May and October and will give you the ideal opportunity to put all that winter training into practice.

While the mention of the word ‘race’ will strike fear into the hearts of many these events have been chosen to encourage people who have maybe not raced before to dip their toe into the water. The series events will also give members further opportunities to socialise and run more regularly. The club is very much about participation and you will be sure of great support from other club runners at these events should you choose to take part. We would love to see as many members (and maybe even vests!) at the events as possible.

The events have been picked to give a good mix of distances, surfaces and to be easily accessible from Dunoon. They provide a mix of challenges that will test everyone and give you a chance to measure your progress through the season. Can we remind you that should you wish to participate you must abide by the event rules and instructions of race officials at all times and that you run at your own risk in the series and at breakfast runs.

Deliberately the majority of events in the series will be local as the club are keen to support those in the community who do such great work organising these events by encouraging a good turnout from members. Some will even be new events organised by the club and we hope to see as many of you at these events as possible.

To include everyone (and not just the speedies) points will be awarded for:

a. Participation;
b. Volunteering (up to 2 of the events can be scoring events if you turn up to help);
c. Personal Bests; and
d. Finish Position

The more events you take part in, the higher up the table you are likely to find yourself. At the end of the series prizes will be awarded in various categories. We also hope to create teams within the club if enough people decide to take part in the series. The teams will be mixed and more experienced runners are more than happy to support and offer advice to others. There are no rules as to how many races you need to take part – one, some or all is fine. Detailed information about the scoring system can be found here [PDF]. Please be aware that the race calendar has not yet been finalised and is subject to change.

The first event of the series will take place on Sunday the 18th of May. Somewhat unusually this will be a road race – this means no hills! The South Cowal 10k has been running for a number of years and starts at Innellan Village Hall and follows the road to Toward before returning to finish in Innellan. The event is organised by Dunoon Hill Runner Iain Cairns and all entry money helps projects in the local community. There are shorter distance events for children on the day as well and there are plans to have food and drink available so it should be a really good event.

If you have any questions about the first race please see the South Cowal Community Festival Page on Facebook or look out for information in the local paper.

Details of other events in the series will be published on the website and by email in advance once the event calendar has been finalised. In the meantime if you have any questions about the series please contact me using the details below.

Summer League Rules Document [PDF]


Kenny Taylor
Club Secretary
Dunoon Hill Runners