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By Fiona Reid
Sport
Ready, steady, go for a new running year

A RUNNING club with a difference is inviting walkers and runners of all abilities to join their ranks.

Queensberry Running Club (QRC) was set up in July 2020 and meets for midweek social runs, as well as holding their own summer and winter league events.

The ethos is to be a less serious alternative to other clubs in the region for people wanting to try their hand at running, with social runs on a Wednesday evening focussing on the Lockerbie and Moffat areas and varying from three miles to five and even 10k in the summer.

Taking their name from one of the prominent hills surrounding Moffat, QRC have taken on their namesake Queensberry in both a social walk and hill run.

And they are busy planning for a race on Queensberry later this year, with the support of the Queensberry Estate and Scottish Hill Runners.

Over that past 18 months QRC has partaken in road, trail and hill running, including Cademuir Rollercoaster, Eildon 3 Hills, Lilliesleaf 10K and Tinto in the 2021 season.

The club has also created half marathon routes round Lockerbie and around Moffat.

They held festive runs too, raising funds for Moffat Mountain Rescue. And they have also put together an Ultra course, dubbed The AeShaig Ultra, which takes in Earshaig Forest and follows part of the Roman and Reivers route out to Ae looping back to Earshaig.

It took place on September 28 with five eager participants.

Meanwhile, training has started for the Great Glencoe Challenge, a 26.2-mile Trekathon.

Others are considering the Glen Ogle and Cumbria Way Ultras and maybe a marathon.

Summing up the club, a spokesman said: “The aim is to have fun and keep active, with a healthy dose of laughter, traybake and homemade gin.”

n To find out more go to their website http://queensberryrunning.club or email: [email protected]

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