MORE than 200 runners took part in this year’s Criffel Hill race on Sunday starting at New Abbey.
It was one of the biggest entries for a number of years with the event doubling as the West District hill running championships and some of the country’s top athletes took part.
The winner of the 10.5km race which rises to 1700ft was Graham Gristwood (Ochil HR), who had one of the fastest time finishing in 50m 51s, which was just over three minutes outside the record set in 1993 by Mark Crossdale.
Gristwood overtook Finlay Wild of Lochaber, the reigning Ben Nevis hill champion, on the downhill and beat him by just seven seconds.
Stephen Winte, originally from Dumfries and now from Shettleston had an excellent run in 23rd place in 61.26, while the first Annan and District AC runner was Andrew Livingston who finished in a very credible 31st place in 63.15 and just behind in 35th place was fellow ADAC runner Adam Anderson.
Adam Dickie (Dumfries RC) finished the race in 69th spot beating his clubmates in 70.16 and claimed maximum points in the club championship.
Other good runs were turned in by Simon Mortlockin 77.40 as did Norman Neilson in 82.18.
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