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 Hartfell Horseshoe, 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.
Nigel Priestley, one of the originators of the club, has been an active
member of the local hill running community for a number of years, having taken
part in most of the local hill races and competed in mountain marathons. Injury has forced Nigel to call a day to his
hill running but he still enjoys walking routes when he can and getting out on
his road and mountain bikes whenever possible.
In fact he often joins training sessions on his mountain bike or helps
with the coaching. Nigel can always be
relied on to offer help and good advice whenever needed.
Ian Murgatroyd. Ian is a chuffer and prefers the descent. Hill running has helped him with extreme botany expeditions in the Galloway Hills and he enjoys orienteering and running for adventure. He also likes sailing, rowing, cycling and skiing and running helps with fitness. Hartfell's coaching sessions have been very helpful with technique and fitness.
Alison McKean. Alison enjoys being on the hills and trails with her canine companions. She prefers ultra events where she can have a blether and use her stubborn streak to help her finish. Alison enjoys cycling (road and gravel), stand up paddle boarding and generally being outdoors. Her job with Alzheimer Scotland also keeps her busy. Alison joined Hartfell to help improve her ascending, descending and non-existent navigation skills, she still has some way to go but is enjoying being part of the club.
Summer Championship Manager
Ian is a keen cyclist, hill walker and runner, but in all sports having
a preference, if not necessarily aptitude, for endurance type events. Long days out in the hills are his kind of
thing and he enjoys the crack in the comfortable part of the field in trail
events of all kinds, and is currently feeling his way through some of the
classic ultras. When not running, he
enjoys the odd beer, reading, walking the family dogs, amateur astronomy and
funds it all via his much-travelled profession in papermaking.
Social Run Leader & Welfare Officer
Janet Priestley is our Social run leader and Welfare Officer and 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 to Ultra running too. The consistent supplier of post run sweets which Kevin eats most of!!!
Qualified Hill & Off-road Running Coach and Social Media Spammer
Kev Plummer. Kev is a qualified hill and off-road running coach with British Athletics. For nearly 10 years he led the Thursday night social runs as well as 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. Kev loves taking on big challenges outside the club arena and his latest endeavours have been Ironman distance triathlons. When not hill running Kev likes doing triathlons, road cycling, mountain-biking and mountain marathons.
Social Events Manager
Joanne Johnstone. Joanne is a
recent enthusiastic and lively addition to the club. She takes part in hill and trail races all
over the country and competes in various ultra events. Aside from her running, Joanne enjoys the gym
and has a keen interest in wildlife and arts and crafts, using her creative skills
to produce her own artworks.