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Charlie Anderson

Dundee Roadrunners started in October 1984 in Sandy's Bar and evolved from Valentine's Social Club. Dave Roy was elected Secretary, John Monroe was Chairman and Eric Fair was Treasurer. There were a handful of runners at the AGM including myself, Margaret, Sue Roger, Ricky Davidson, Alan and Jane Blyth.


Within six months the club organised its first trip to Wolverhampton to celebrate their millennium and runners from the Michelin and YMCA running clubs joined us on the weekend trip when approximately fifty people completed the marathon. This was a graded race with gold (sub three hour), silver (three to three fifteen) and bronze (three fifteen to three thirty) specially designed medals and I was lucky to achieve a time for the bronze award! At this event the club received the cost of half the accommodation for the trip from Wolverhampton Council and the members donated this back to the club to give the club funds for its own events.  A few weeks later the Club organised its first trip to Inverness for the half marathon and a full bus of club members and family had a successful day in Inverness, both running and drinking.  In years to follow this became a regular club event with three buses going on one occasion such was the popularity of our trips.  Due to the donation from Wolverhampton the committee decided to try and organise a local roadrace which was shorter than a half or full marathon and the Ten Mile Roadrace was born. The original route took runners onto the main Newtyle road before turning off for Auchterhouse, but due to police concerns this changed and subsequently runners ran to Auchterhouse via the Dronley road.  There have been a few minor alterations to the route over the years but basically the route remains in the Templeton/Auchterhouse area.


In 1986 Dundee City Council asked if anyone could accommodate runners from the twin city of Wurzburg during the Dundee Marathon and a few Club members offered to accommodate these runners. This was the start of a friendship between the two clubs from Dundee and Wurzburg. In 1987 we made a successful visit to Wurzburg as part of the 25th Twinning celebrations between the two cities. There have been regular visits from club members to Wurzburg over the years and their members have visited us also during this time, competing in marathons, 10ks, half-marathons and ultra-distance throughout Scotland. Our last visit was to celebrate their twenty-fifth anniversary in 2006.


In the early nineties, the club organised a trip to Melrose Youth Hostel where one of its members had taken over as warden.  Approximately 25 people were there and travelled up to Carnethy the following day to take part in the Hill Race which for many was a first (and last!!) However it was another successful social gathering for the club.  This was the start of club members diversifying into hill running and ultra distance running.


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