Monday, August 02, 2004


Dunbar Running Club has enjoyed a busy time over the last couple of weeks. Junior and senior runners competed in leg 3 of the 6 race Borders Cross Country series, on Sunday 18 January. Berwick, the host club for this event, laid out an interesting and challenging course over a variety of terrains from promenade to soft sand and cinder track. A blustery day made the race even more demanding as did the level of competition.

For the senior runners, Ian Rowland came in first for the club and 6th overall in a time of 24.49. Ian Sills past, in form, Grant Noble in the last few hundred meters to take 13th place overall. The other club runners were Ross Combe, Stuart Hay, Frank Weissgerber, Bob Wilson and Joe Bourhill all of whom rose to the challenge and completed this demanding course. Kevin Smith, of Dunbar also took part coming home in 73rd place. Anne Hay was the 1st Dunbar Lady in a time of 31.46, a little ahead of Amanda Thornton-Smith.

In the junior race Colin Menzies brought the whole field home in a time of 10.52. Other creditable runs where posted by Lauren Peffers, 13.11 mins. and 1st Female 14/15 year old, with Lisa Menzies 2nd in the same age group. Douglas Crichton and Alex Noble where 2nd and 3rd respectively in the male under 11 age group, with Megan Gaffney 2nd in the female under 11`s. Other Dunbar runners included Subhar Anwar, Toby Sherwood, Liam Barclay, Sam Twist, Charlie Yates, Nicola Craig, Anna Dobson, Abigail Dobson and Alice Thornton-Smith. Thomas and James Thornton-Smith from Dunbar also ran.

After race three, half way through the series, Dunbar runners are well placed in the overall standings. Lauren Peffers leads the female 14/15 yr age group with Lisa Menzies in second place. Nicola Craig is second in the female under 11's and Sam Twist 3rd in the male 12/13year group. Toby Sherwood is 3rd in the male 14/15 age group behind brothers Thomas and James Thornton-Smith. Colin Menzies is 2nd in the male 16/17 age group and Douglas Crichton and Alex Noble 2nd and 3rd respectively in the male under 11's.

For the senior runners Amander Thornton-Smith is 3rd female over 40, Grant Noble is 1st male over 40, with Ian Rowland 2nd. Frank Weissgerber is 2nd male over 50 and Joe Bourhill and Bob Wilson 1st and 2nd respectively in the male 65 years + age group. Ian Sills is 3rd in the senior (under 40) male category.

On the social front, senior members and partners as well as friends of the club enjoyed an evening at the Waterside Bistro on Friday 16th January. This gathering was held to say goodbye to the club's long serving President, Jim Herring and his wife Val, an active club runner. Jim and Val are moving to Waga Waga in Australia for three years, all club members would like to wish them all the best in their adventure and thank them for their support over the last few years.

An EGM was held on Tuesday 20th January to elect a new President as well as a Committee Chairperson. Stuart Hay was dually elected President with his wife Ann being elected Committee Chair.

Dunbar Running Club welcomes runners of all ages and abilities to join them at their regular training sessions and social events. The club has its own web site, where details of club events can be found.

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