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.
Alison Banford. Alison was a keen
mountain-biker and hill-walker who fairly recently turned to hill running,
immediately showing a talent for the sport.
She is up there with the top local runners, regularly placing in, if not
winning, her age category. She recently
completed the 33 mile Moffat Mountain Marathon challenge with Kevin Plummer,
aided and abetted by club mates and is looking to take on ever more challenging
events in the future.
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 and his wife, Yvonne, have been pivotal within the club and in terms of getting it started. Two of their children also have a great love of the hills and, when not running up hills the Kerrs like hill walking, swimming, mountain marathons, indoor bouldering and orienteering.
John Stannard. John, 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
Yvonne Kerr. Yvonne is the Winter Series Manager and one
of our Social Media Admins. Yvonne's
family are almost all into hill running and the outdoors. While her daughter and one son are away
from home now, they can still be found walking 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 who, if
not competing in the club races, is often helping out as a Marshal or with her camera,
catching all our suffering as we pass over the finishing line for eternity,
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.