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Club Races

For club members, a number of races are held each year. The 2024 dates are as follows:

Spring Handicap: Tuesday 2 April

John McInally: Tuesday 14 May

Twin Peaks: Tuesday 18 June

Midsummer Long Run: Saturday 22 June

Club 10 Mile Race: Sunday 4 August

10k Champion:  Forfar 10k - Sunday 18 August

Auchterhouse Hill Race: Thursday 22 August

Autumn Handicap: Thursday 5 September

Club 5 Mile Race: Tuesday 17 September

Half Marathon Champion: Glen Clova Half Marathon - Saturday 9 November

Santa Run: Tuesday 10 December


Spring and Autumn Handicap

The Spring Handicap is our first club race of the year. Starting from the gates of Camperdown park, the route runs roughly around the edge of the park in an anti-clockwise direction. It is about 4.5 miles. Most of the route is on park paths, so if there has been a lot of rain, the paths can be wet and muddy. You can view the route here.

We will work out your handicap, so the slower runners start first, getting a head start. This means everyone has a chance to win the race, and most runners should finish quite close together.

There are prizes for first male and female, and first debutant. Anyone is welcome to take part, but you must be a member to win a prize.

The race is re-run in the opposite direction later in the year as the Autumn Handicap.

Sign up will be available on the club TeamApp in advance of the race.

Photo credit: John Mill

Photo credit: John Mill

John McInally

John McInally

The race starts at 6.30pm from the car park at Clatto Country Park, and heads out on quiet country roads down Templeton Woods road, back through Dronley, Birkhill and finally through the woods themselves back to the start. The course is mildly undulating and a road shoe will normally suffice.

For reasons of traffic safety, the route was revised in 2003 and again 2005 so times are not directly comparable before these dates. The current route is roughly 7 miles long


The route is available here. Sign up will be available on the club TeamApp in advance of the race.

The race is named after one of the early members of the club. John had always been a great sportsman, boxing and football as well as running. In his younger days, he ran the Ben Nevis hill race many times and was running well into his 70s. John was always supportive and encouraging to everyone in the club. In 1987 he decided that he would like to donate a trophy to the club. He proposed a route starting at Camperdown House, out the main gate, Cupar Angus Rd, Templeton Rd, then route as we know it to Birkhill returning to Camperdown House via Coupar Angus Rd. For traffic safety, the route was altered to start and finish at Clatto a few years later. In the early days, John would come in person to present his trophy, but unfortunately he passed away a few years ago.

Photo credit: John Mill


Photo credit: John Mill

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks

Runners are teamed in pairs and are free to choose any route they want from the Union that includes the top of Dundee Law and Balgay Hill. Fastest combined time wins. It might be worth doing your homework beforehand and checking old Strava traces to find the best route!


Sign up will be available on the club TeamApp in advance of the race.

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Photo credit: Josh McKay

Photo credit: Josh McKay

Auchterhouse Hill Race

The Auchterhouse Hill Race is a variation of the White Tops Hill Race. The race starts just off 'The Brae' road, Kirkton of Auchterhouse, before climbing to the top of Auchterhouse Hill. We normally have a photographer on the summit to catch you all in your finest hour. From here there is a brief anti-clockwise descent before climbing back up again to join the path that takes you hurtling down to the finishing line. 

Trail shoes are recommended for this one although road shoes and even fell shoes have been spotted on runners feet in the past!


Photo credit: John Mill

10k and Half-Marathon Club Champions

The DRR Male and Female 10k champions are decided at the Forfar 10k, normally held on the 3rd Sunday in August. This is always a popular race so be sure to enter in plenty of time once in goes live on Entry Central at the end of March. Even if you are not aiming to be club champion, do come along as it is always a good social day out.

The DRR Male and Female Half Marathon champions are decided at the Glen Clova Half Marathon which is normally run on a Saturday in early November. Run on the beautiful roads in Glen Clova, it is a fabulous event which rolls from the Glen Clova Hotel and back on the other side of the Glen. This event is hugely popular so be sure to enter quickly when entries open! We normally meet up after the race for food and drinks so it's always a great day out regardless of how fast you run.


Photo credit: Tim Heilbronn

Photo credit: Alison McNeilly


Club 5 & 10 Mile Races

The annual 5 mile race began in 2016. The first race saw 39 of us running along Riverside on a glorious September evening. The race starts at the V&A, heading out to Riverside Inn, and back.

As usual, any runner is welcome to come along for this race but only members can win a prize. The main trophy is awarded to the DRR member who improves their time by the most compared to the previous year.

This is a popular race for members looking to achieve a Standard in the 5 mile distance.

There is also a 10 mile race held in August.

Photo credit: John Mill

Photo credit: John Mill

Most improved:

2023: Phillip Gillespie (43:05 -> 39:30)

2022: Adam Hart (35:11 -> 30:09)

2021: Rebecca Garside (47:54 -> 43:20)

2020: Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

2019: Fíona Canavan (39:25 -> 34:52)

2018: David Aitken (34:31 -> 30:48)

2017: John Tierney (38:22 -> 34:16)

Course Records:

V&A route (2016, 2019, 2022-23): David Webster (26:38) & Mairi Littleson (31:47)

Monifieth route (2017-18, 2021): Marcus Sheridan (27:34) & Michelle Mackay (30:08)


Santa Run

The race is a fun team event designed to put you in the festive spirit. Runners are encouraged to dress up in suitable Christmas attire - Santa hats, Santa suits, anything goes.

Runners will be put in teams of three and we all start off together. Each of the 3 runners in the team goes to a different location to collect an item and bring in back. The winning team is the first team to have all 3 runners back to the start.

Please stay for an evening social afterwards.

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