Details of this years 10k, 5k and Fun Run on 28 August 2016 are now available HERE
Hugh McDiarmid, Thomas Telford and Neil Armstrong, three names synonymous with the scenic Dumfries town of Langholm. Add one more to the list…MTAF.
The Muckle Toon Adventure Festival (MTAF) came into being, as many great ideas do, over a couple of pints in the local pub. The committee was formed in July 2012 and consists of a small but enthusiastic number of young folk, happy to get out in the hills and plan one of the most exhilarating events in Scotland.
Teviotdale Harriers enjoy a strong connection with our near and dear neighbours at Langholm. With many youngsters and their obliging parents making the journey north up the A7 to Hawick every week to train or compete in the maroon and white vest.
The weekend 17th-19th June, saw many from Hawick and also our Langholm comrades turn out to compete and support the ‘Muckle Toon’ as they staged their annual Adventure Festival.
Upon arrival you might be forgiven for thinking you had stumbled across one of the many such like events you see all summer in the Lake District but no, this event offered something a little more…Dumfries and Galloway hospitality.
The unique Muckle Toon warmth, combined with organisation and effort gave competitors and visitors the chance to take part in or watch a weekend that absolutely catered for everyone.
Camping, mountain biking, road cycling, trail running, guided walks, talks, pump track and climbing wall only scratch the surface of all that occurred during this impeccable weekend.
The Harriers were well represented across the many trail running events on offer during the three day extravaganza and achieved some success in the process.
For Saturday runners, the 10k and Half Marathon start on mass and head along the high street & up the Kirk Wynd, serenaded by the pipe band. The 10k then breaks away whilst the half continues straight to the top and are then cut loose among the hills.
10k runners from Teviotdale included adept hill and trail runner John Tullie and two local girls, Lucy Ash and Macy Cropper. John finished 6th (47:08), Lucy placed 32nd (58:22) with Macy not far behind finishing 34th (58:37). Lucy also scooped 2nd local female with Macy 3rd.
Half Marathon competitors included six Harriers and they were led home by Iain Williams. Flourishing distance runner Iain completed the course in 1:37:39, and described the run as: “A good event…but tough going.”
Also competing were Club Secretary and current Men’s Captain Paul Lockie, Ladies Captain Ann Aitken, former Langholm resident Pam Paxton, Orienteering legend Pauline McAdam and relative Harriers newcomer Frank Birch.
Following Iain, Paul was second to cross the line for Teviotdale (2:19:06). Pauline soon found her way home next (2:30:35) with Ann completing the ‘Half’ in (2:39:26). Pam, running side-by-side with ‘Muckle Toon Jogger’ and Lucy’s mum Kirsty Ash finished in (2:41:00). Frank, who continues to belie his years, completed the Harriers sextuplet in (2:53:16).
It was on the Sunday that Teviotdale Harriers really left their mark during the 5k. With a field of 130 adults and children, we were wonderfully represented by five youthful but exuberant runners and every one of them done the vest proud.
Conan Harper (18:24) aged 11 and Iona Jamieson (21:25) aged 10, particually gave a great account of themselves. Robert Wood (21:36) aged 10, Bethany Harper (30:22) aged 9 and Glen Jamieson (26:04) aged 7, all raced with a smile on their face and tackled the MTAF 5k with purpose and positivity.
Conan, who joined the Harriers last September smashed nearly four minutes of his previous MTAF 5k time, Conan finished an incredible 3rd. The youngster battled on bravely, fighting for 2nd but was eased out by 16 year old Lewis Bell, who finished 2 seconds quicker. Amongst so many adults and competitive juniors, Conan must be ecstatic about his performance.
His understandably elated mum Shelley spoke after the race and summed up her thoughts behind Conan’s impressive run:
“I just want to say a very big thank you to all of the adult volunteers at the Harriers that give up their time and effort to coach the kids, you all do an amazing job. Conan was proud to wear his Harriers vest.
“We didn’t think he could keep up the pace with the older guys but he proved us wrong.”
Conan’s dad Brian also paid tribute to the work of the Harriers Wednesday night sessions: “Truly proud of our little man. Great coaches and volunteers supporting the kids to bring out the best in them. That’s all you could ask for. Thank you for supporting and encouraging Conan and all the other kids.”
One of Teviotdales Coaches, Alex Corbett responded by saying: “Training is so much more enjoyable when you have great kids like Conan turning up every week.”
Alex was also quick to point out that the kids can’t do it alone: “Well done to you (the parents) for all the support you give him.”
Iona, at only 10 years of age, finished first female runner overall, which is obviously a superb achievement for someone so young. Iona recently joined the Harriers and is already making huge strides, demolishing her previous MTAF 5k best by over 2 minutes.
All in all it was a highly successful weekend for both the organisers and the runners who represented our club.
At the recent Edinburgh Marathon Festival, five Harriers made their way north to the Capital, ready to race in three of the seven different events.
The increasingly popular running weekend, staged on Saturday May 28th and Sunday 29th, hosts races for both kids and adults, ranging from a 1.5k junior race, to the Hairy Haggis Team Relay, to the Half and Full Marathons.
On the Saturday, David Bell sporting his recently acquired Teviotdale Harriers training top, tackled the 10k. David was rightly happy with his run and finished 96th out of 2333 runners in a time of 45:11. David also placed 7th in the over 45 category.
The Half Marathon, held first thing on the Sunday morning, was the next event featuring runners from our club. On the start line were Greg Walker, who set off amongst the ‘Elite Club Runners,’ Bruce Hughes and Michael Yule.
Greg ran a tremendous race and finished 30th in a highly respectable 1:18:02, smashing his PB in the process. Bruce also ran a new PB, finishing 60th in 1:21:11 and Michael Yule finished 488th in 1:33:13.
Special mention and huge well done to Darrell Hastie running for our neighbours Gala Harriers who won the Half Marathon in 1:10:37.
Later that Sunday morning, the Full Marathon runners would be let loose on the streets of Edinburgh where Alan Inglis would don the Harriers vest. Alan was one of 6596 runners and completed the 26.2 miles in 709th position, in a time of 3:27:51.
Well done all the runners and those who made the journey in support.
Bruce’s EMF Blog HERE
The recent 1514 Uphill Mile does exactly what it says on the tin. The popular Teviotdale Harriers event is kindly sponsored by the 1514 Club and sees runners tackle a one mile course, all uphill.
With a good turnout of both kids and adults, the runners mustered and registered at the entrance to the Motte Park, ready for the 26th running of the event.
With conditions ideal, all runners would set off together and it was the job of current 1514 President Kenny King to start the race.
At the first break in traffic, the 41 competitors filled the road and after a few words of encouragement from 1514 President Kenny, he fired the starters pistol and the race was on. Greg Walker and Bruce Hughes set the early pace as the runners ascended the Loan and at the ‘Auld Man’s Seat’ turned right and began the climb of Crumhaughhill Road.
Just behind the two leaders, another battle was taking shape between two of Teviotdales most consistent and reliable juniors. Jamie Waugh and Fraser Clyne matched each other stride for stride nearly the entire way up the hill.
Around the half way mark of the unrelenting course, Greg made a small but significant break. Opening up a 5 metre lead on Bruce, Greg worked hard to maintain his advantage out of the town and on up the rest of the route.
With the finish of Crumhaughhill Farm just along the road, Greg (6:17) stayed on strongly to claim victory in one of the fastest times of recent years. Bruce (6:20) finished just behind in 2nd. Keith Murray (7:16) secured the bronze.
Greg’s victory completed a family double for the Walkers as dad Sammy watched on. 25 years earlier, Sammy – one of Teviotdale Harriers most prolific runners, claimed the uphill mile title in its very first running.
Jamie Waugh (7:00) found a little extra and in the last 100m and managed to steal a few yards to win the Juniors Boys, with Fraser Clyne (7:05) just behind in 2nd. To their great credit, Jamie and Fraser finished 3rd and 4th overall in the race. Sam Allot (8:16), chasing his dad Richard, took 3rd.
The Ladies title was won by Lauren Corbett (8:37). Leading from the gun, Lauren opened and maintained her advantage the entire climb. Ishbel Inglis (8:50) ran well to finish 2nd and Pauline McAdam (9:32) made steady progress to finish 3rd Lady.
Maddie Hewitt (8:31) ran superbly to romp home with the Junior Girls title. Lucy Ash (9:21) and Sophie Allott (9:21) at the end of the lung bursting rise through our scenic town could not be split for time but it was Lucy who secured 2nd with Sophie taking 3rd.
Not for the first time, after a mad dash up the Knipknowes (this time by car), 1514 President Kenny King was on hand to present the worthy winners with their hard earned medals. A keen former runner himself, Kenny thanked the Harriers for their continued support and organisation of the race.
Thanks must also go out to the timekeepers, marshals and organisers, who all play their part in staging these important Harriers events.
First off were the juniors over their 1.5 mile course. Of the 46 runners taking part 23 recorded personal best times. Special mention goes to Fraser Clyne who beat the previous course record by 6 seconds recording a time of 8 minutes 29 seconds.
Next up were the 8 seniors taking on the Violet Woods route. Well done to Paul Lockie and Kirsty Hughes who both recorded personal best times.
Courtesy of Alan Inglis
A big thank you to timekeepers, number recorders etc. your help is invaluable.
Results 2016 TT 4