Who's who at HHRC
Our Club President
Jim Buchanan, local legend. The man we all want to be when we are his age, almost unbeatable in an age grade competition, as competitive now as ever he was, but is always saying he wished he was faster. As a coach he would not let you have an easy time of it saying “If you can talk you are not running fast enough”. He is also not only the originator of the club’s signature race, the Hartfell Horse Shoe, but many another races in and around Moffat: such as the Tour de Moffat, and the Moffat Gala road race. The after-race soup and homemade cakes, especially his wife Margaret’s sticky toffee pudding was the highlight of the hill racing season for many of us in years past. As well as hill running Jim enjoys road cycling and looking at one of his Strava segments once I noted that Jim was halfway up the leader board on one climb - not bad for a man in his 80s.
Chairperson and Welfare Officer
Mark Addis, one of the original seeds from which the club sprang is a level-headed man who spends his time commuting between his work as a Psychotherapist in his home town of Manchester and D+G where he now lives. He started his hill running in the Peak District around Derbyshire before heading north to us in Scotland. Mark has experience in the running of charities and enshrines the club’s values and ethos. If not hill running Mark enjoys open water swimming.
Louise Plummer, another of the original seeds. Louise has vast experience in administration with her career in the NHS, be it as medical secretary, office manager, and currently a data analyst. She will sit quietly in the corner taking shorthand notes and dealing with the underlying admin for the club. Before she became a hill runner she had to overcome a benign brain tumour and breaking her back in two places in a cycling accident. As well as loving the hills and trails Louise is interested in strength training in the gym, orienteering, indoor bouldering, mountain marathons, Park Runs and open water swimming.
Billy Kerr. Billy does the number crunching for the club. As a farmer Billy has extensive experience in doing the company accounts including the nightmare of working out farm subsidies, VAT, Income tax and PAYE. The club accounts are easy in comparison for him. Billy’s whole family are into hill running his wife Yvonne and Billy have been pivotal within the club, and getting it started. Two of their 3 children are great loves of the hills Emma and Michael. When not running up hills the Kerrs like hill walking, swimming, mountain marathons, indoor bouldering and orienteering.
John Stannard, with help from his wife Judith, covers the membership and the nightmare GDPR for the club. John is a retired Forestry Commission Manager with fell and hill running experience and has been involved with various charities. Judith was a former membership secretary for the support group for the NTS garden in Arduaine, Argyll.
Winter Series Manager
Katie Svenson is our Winter Series Manager, during the day time she works as a lawyer in Moffat, when not hill running Katie can be found open water swimming, cycling, doing the odd Triathlon. She also enjoys curling.
Summer Championship Manager
Darren is our Summer Championship Manager. Darren is studying as a mature student at University for his nursing degree as well as working full time, when not Hill Running Darren is keen road cyclist last year he achieved a 1st class finisher award in the Gruelling 112 mile Fred Whitton Sportive in the Lake District. Darren will be found running the hills most often with his partner Rosie.
Social Run Leader
Janet Priestley is our Social run leader, Janet can be found at the front of her class in many of the local races, during office hours Janet works for a local Solicitor. As well as running Janet enjoys cycling with her husband Nigel when she can drag him off the tractor at the farm. She is also turning her hand, or perhaps legs the Ultra running too. The consistent supplier of post run sweets of which Kevin eats most of!!!
Social Media Administrator
Yvonne Kerr is one of our Social Media Administrators along with Mark and Kevin. Yvonne’s family are almost all into Hill running and the outdoors, while son Michael and daughter Emma are away from home now they still can be found walking the and running in the hills, as well as Hill Running Yvonne enjoys Mountain Marathons, Orienteering, hill walking, indoor bouldering, the gym and swimming. A stalwart in the club if not running at races Yvonne is often helping out as a marshal or with her camera catching all our suffering as we pass over the finishing line for eternity, thanks Yvonne!
Qualified Hill/Fell Off-road running Coach and Social Media spammer.
Kev Plummer. Kevin is a qualified Hill and off road running Coach with British Athletics, we believe the only such qualified coach in South West Scotland. Previously for nearly 10 years Kevin lead the Thursday night social runs and recce runs of various races for his old club. The ever bouncy and enthusiastic Kev is infamous for his shouts of “Come on you can run this bit!”, which many a member has threatened to have put on his gravestone; a grave he might be in sooner rather than later due to his awful singing on big runs. Kevin loves taking on big challenges outside the club arena and his latest endeavours have been Ironman Triathlons. When not hill running Kevin likes doing triathlons, road cycling, mountain biking, swimming and mountain marathons.