News, October 2017

The Scottish “Borders” Hill Rally 2017 is approaching fast and the organising committee are busy polishing the arrows and preparing the trophies for what is shaping up to be an exciting competition.  The course builders have been spending countless hours down at Forrest Estate planning the stages, and Campbell has had his abacus out fine tuning the time schedule.  There are a few tweaks to this year’s event, building on the feedback from previous years.  This sees the same start and finish times as last year (allowing for more tinkering time on Sunday morning), and this year we will be splitting the night stage, so that you get three stages in the dark (over a similar distance) which will help us keep the night-time entertainment running smoothly, whilst still giving competitors the chance to pit their wits against the Scottish Forests in the dark.

We appreciate that there has been plenty of discussion about our decision to reduce the maximum entry for the event.  This was taken to make sure everyone had a fair size of service space within the limited area of the service park.  Unfortunately with fewer multiple vehicle teams entered we knew this would be under pressure.  We have, however, been discussing this with the Estate and there is a possibility that we might be able to secure slightly more service space.  The big question for us is – do we need it this year?  With the usual mechanical gremlins starting to come out of the woodwork we do now have two entries available for the Borders, and plenty of space on the reserve list.  In previous years we have regularly seen reserves become entries so if you are keen to enter, but thought you had missed out there are two places immediately available, and space on the reserve list to be first in the queue if anyone else is thwarted by a dicky gearbox or dodgy sump.  We will keep reviewing the numbers, and this will allow us, and the estate, to see what might be done to increase capacity in the future.

In separate news the club has been continuing its preparations to relaunch the Scottish “Perthshire” Hill Rally, with a return to full scale, multi-venue hill rallying over the spectacular Scottish hillsides in the heart of Scotland.  We have a number of venues part way through planning, and are confident that this is shaping up to rekindle the excitement of the past – did you survive the Legend?  With the passing of the seasons we will not be quite ready to host this prestigious event in 2018 but the Perthshire will return in July 2019 and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Glens then.

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Borders 2016

Hill Rally – 19th & 20th November 2016

Following the success of the 2015 Scottish Borders Hill Rally the Organising Committee and the Scottish Hill Rally Club (SHR Club Ltd) were delighted to welcome people back to the 2016 event. The event was the final round of both the Hill Rally Championship, and the Defender Challenge by Bowler Motorsport, and we were delighted to be able to welcome competitors from both championships to Southern Scotland.

Chris Bird, "Borders" 2015. (c) Mark Deamer

Chris Bird, Overall winner 2015

Set in the picturesque area around St. John’s Town of Dalry, in Dumfries and Galloway, we were very fortunate to have been invited back to our regular venue at Forrest Estate. This private forestry site provides for fast graded Cat A routes, with something a bit more challenging along the way.

We had planned on splitting the night stage and replacing it with two slightly shorter stages to help with the smooth and safe running after dark, however our plans got kyboshed in the planning, and competitors ended up with even more night-time competition. We had an earlier start on Saturday, and a little later on Sunday morning – which helped us get the marshals in at a civilised hour, whilst still providing 100 competitive miles, and kept the Awards ceremony at approximately the same time on the Sunday.

The event remained at National B – so a Clubman Licence was the minimum required, with a wide tyre choice – provided they are listed in the All Terrain or Mud Terrain lists in the Blue Book. The entry fee of £450 was discounted for early entries and to recognise our commitment to attract new competitors into Hill Rallying we continued our discount for novice crews. There was no public highway sections, so no requirement for road tax or MOT.

Edd Cobly, "Border" 2015. (c) Mark Deamer

Edd Cobly, Winner of Defender Challenge 2015

Following the popularity of the 2015 event we continued with the slightly larger maximum entry of 50 – the absolute maximum we can fit into the central service area. The same high quality results and local catering services were also on-hand.

The Supplementary Regulations are available for download, and the online entry form was available from the 1st of August.

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SBHR Seeding List 2015

Final instructions and the seeding list has been sent to all competitors

Seeding No. Rct No.
1 42 Chris Bird
3 5 William Stubbs
4 32 Martin Gould
5 11 Paul Myers
6 47 Paul Mansfield
7 17 Johnnie Drysdale
8 7 Mark Jacques
9 25 David Harlow
10 39 Ben Duckworth
11 30 Dan Lofthouse
12 18 Edd Cobley
14 38 Richard Kershaw
15 34 Henry Webster
16 58 Graham Smith
17 33 Colin Gould
18 19 Gareth Carruthers
19 28 Colin Stevenson
20 9 Ian Carson
21 43 Martin James
22 21 Cameron Jones
23 26 Mark McNeill
24 45 Toby Jefferson
25 8 Phill Bayliss
26 49 Ian Gregg
27 1 Richard Coleby
28 4 Jon Aston
29 35 David Johnston
30 27 Richard Hayward
31 15 Dean Sutcliffe
32 54 Andy Jones
33 41 Iain Lawrie
34 20 Christian Femont
35 3 Brian Palmer
36 22 Lynfel Owen
37 24 Bas v Driel
38 37 Mark Walker
39 14 Alan Thomas
40 2 Tony Rae
41 6 Richard Wynne-Williams
42 40 Allan Crow
43 29 Steve Carroll
44 55 Martin Taylor
45 16 Gary Sanders-Peppitt
46 53 Ollie Marriage
47 13 Cameron Crow
48 12 Ann McCandlish
49 23 Stephen Richards
50 50 Matthias Malmedie
51 36 Thomas Bell
52 56 William Cruickshank
withdrawn 48 Paul Aynsley
withdrawn 44 David Franklin
withdrawn 46 Tom Harris
withdrawn 52 Vernon Moore
withdrawn 51 Damien Taft
withdrawn 31 Justin Birchall
withdrawn 10 Adrian Eason-Bassett
withdrawn 57 David Brose

Please note that there have been a number withdrawals,  and all reserves have now been pulled into the fold.

Published: 10pm, 11/11/2015

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“Borders” 2015 entry list

This is the unseeded entry list, based on when paid entries were received. updated 22/10/2015 21.40

Through the hard work of the course designer and time-schedule creator, we have been able to increase the maximum entry to 50. Please note that this will mean the service area will be “tighter” than normal.

Recipt No. entry number name
4 1 Jon Aston
5 2 William Stubbs
12 3 Ann McCandlish
13 4 Cameron Crow
7 5 Mark Jacques
6 6 Richard Wynne-Williams
16 7 Gary Sanders-Peppitt
17 8 Johnnie Drysdale
14 9 Alan Thomas
21 10 Cameron Jones
11 11 Paul Myers
8 12 Phill Bayliss
25 13 David Harlow
26 14 Mark McNeill
2 15 Tony Rae
29 16 Steve Carroll
28 17 Colin Stevenson
37 18 Mark Walker
40 19 Allan Crow
41 20 Iain Lawrie
43 21 Martin James
30 22 Dan Lofthouse
38 23 Richard Kershaw
34 24 Henry Webster
47 25 Paul Mansfield
39 26 Ben Duckworth
3 27 Brian Palmer
18 28 Edd Cobley
19 29 Gareth Carruthers
20 30 Christian Femont
22 31 Lynfel Owen
23 32 Stephen Richards
24 33 Bas v Driel
27 34 Richard Hayward
35 35 David Johnston
51 36 Damien Taft
52 37 Vernon Moore
53 38 Ollie Marriage
9 39 Ian Carson
15 40 Dean Sutcliffe
33 41 Colin Gould
49 42 Ian Gregg
32 43 Martin Gould
42 44 Chris Bird
36 45 Thomas Bell
50 46 Matthias Malmedie
 55 47  Ian Gray
 56 48 William Cruickshank
 1 49  Richard Coleby
 45 50  Toby Jefferson
Reserve list
31 Reserve 1 Justin Birchall
46 Reserve 2 Tom Harris
10 Reserve 3 Adrian Easson-Bassett
54 Reserve 4 Andy Jones
57 Reserve 5 David Brose
58 Reserve 6 Graham Smith
Reserve 7
Reserve 8
Reserve 9
Reserve 10

The un-sorted data is available here.

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Results: Borders 2014

Final results from the 2014 “Borders” Hill Rally are available in a downloadable pdf file.

For lots more information, and being able to look at individual stages, individual competitors, and various ways of comparing things, all from the East Coast Results Service website

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Results: Borders 2013

Final results from the 2013 “Borders” are available as a downloadable PDF.

For comprehensive results by stage, with competitor comparison options, there is plenty to look at on the David James website


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Britpart “Borders” Hill Rally 16/17th November

The BritPART “Borders” Hill Rally Organising Team and the Scottish Hill Rally Club (SHR Club Ltd) are delighted to be able to welcome you back to the 2013 event.

This year’s event sees us build on the success of previous events and is again being held at the Forrest Estate near St John’s Town of Dalry in Dumfries and Galloway. This private forestry site provides for fast graded Cat A routes, well worn Cat B tracks, and something a bit more challenging along the way. Most of the site is relatively all-weather, and we have worked with the land owners to make stages as interesting as we can. We have listened to the feedback about the previous courses and have taken this into account with less runs through some quarries (in fact some will only be visited once). The setup team and the Landowner are working hard to ensure that we provide a course that is both fast, technical and providing a cross country experience that you have come to expect from the “Borders”.

With the disappointment of not reaching the minimum number of entries for the event in 2012, the club have discussed this at great length and outcome is that the BritPART “Borders” Hill Rally 2013 WILL RUN. The club still has a strong passion for running Hill Rallies, we have set the entry fee for this year’s event at £400 for over 100 miles of excellent stages. We have also introduced a number of incentives that will reduce the entry fee further, in some cases by £100. Details on the entry form.

The “Borders” Event is the only currently running Hill Rally and to that end the club feel that it is important that we spread the word so that interest both old and new can be ignited. We have looked at how we promote this, through the generous support of a sponsor (Custard Motorsports), we are delighted to announce that the event will be professionally filmed with the programme being shown on Motors TV at a later date.

We fully appreciate that this is only possible due to the continuing support of the Hill Rally enthusiasts, Club Members, Sponsors, Volunteer officials and you – the Competitor.

Recent times has seen a trend in last minute entries for events, we fully understand the reasons why, it doesn’t however help us with organising the event. Please help us by getting your paperwork in early and telling the entries secretary of your plans.

2013 still sees us with a number of Sponsorship Challenges and we welcome any offers of support, both large and small. If you can help please get in touch.
This year’s event will is dual permitted NAT A and NAT B. There is still a wide tyre choice (provided they are listed in the All Terrain or Mud Terrain lists in the Blue Book) however a good sidewall is definitely recommended.

The same service area as previous will be used, with catering being provided by a local business.

The results and timing services are coming back, and if we can find Internet Access, results will be posted live!

I, and the rest of organising team, would also like to offer our thanks to the landowner; to Brian Hilditch and his team; to the sponsors for their support; and all the volunteers who make this event possible. We fully appreciate that running an event is only possible due to the continuing support of the Hill Rally enthusiasts, Club Members, Sponsors, Volunteer officials and you – the Competitor.

One message I would like to reinforce to everyone, last year quite a few people said that they would have entered had the event ran. Well we want you to get your entry in early, with post dated checks there nothing to loose. The club have already agreed that this year’s event will run, no cancellations. So with this commitment from the club, we want you the competitor to get your entry in promptly, so that we can all enjoy this great event.

With a few months to go to the event, interest has been most positive. We would welcome your support at the event and in helping to spread the word about this year’s event. The Scottish Hill Rally Club looks forward to seeing you at the event on the 16/17th November 2013 in what will almost certainly be the best Hill Rally Event of the Year.

Regs, and associated paperwork is being emailed out to past competitors this evening and it will be available to download from the clubs website tomorrow

If you want the paperwork tonight then please email me.

Got a question, get in touch…………..

Colin Rodger
Rally Manager
Scottish Borders Hill Rally 2013.

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Borders 2011

Comprehensive results are available from the North East Results Service web site.

First Overall 2 Dan Lofthouse/Jonny Koonja G Fofthouse Freelander 2:46:59 1
Second Overall 7 Alex Holford/Gwen Adair F Appollow Warrior 2:57:00 2
Third Overall 8 Ahsley Short/Ste Almond F TP 4×4 Focus 2:58:11 3
First Class A
(Standard Production Petrol)
42 Mark McNeill/Derek McNeill A Suzuki Vitara 3:30:43 16
First Class B
(Standard Production Diesel)
No eligable finisher
First Class C
(Modified Production Petrol)
13 Johnny Drysdale/Tony Rae C LR 110 3:14:04 11
First Class D
(Modified Production Diesel)
39 Simon Cooper/Sean Wallet D LR 90 3:34:18 18
First Class F
(Prototypes under 3600cc)
25 Robin Parkinson/John Annad F Matterati Porsche 3:34:45 19
First Class G
(Prototypes over 3600)
30 Anthony Jackson/Nicky Brook G Wildcat 100″ 3:06:04 5
First Class K
(Prototypes Diesel)
29 Gareth Carruthers/Wallace McKay K Bowler Windcat 3:03:48 4
First Class L 29 Willy Stubbs/Andrew Hill L LR 90 3:07:05 6

The Kempster Trophy
(Best mixed crew)
7 Alex Holford/Gwen Adair F Apollo Warrior 2:57:00 2
Duckworth Trophy
(Best novice crew)
42 Mark McNeill/Derek McNeill A Suzuki Vitara 3:20:43 16
Britpart Trophy
(Best Beam Axle)
29 Gareth Carruthers/Wallace McKay K Bowler Wildcat 3:03:48 4

Spirit of the Rally Award 31 Rob Hingston/Morgan Plyer
Special Mention Diana Baines

Willy Stubbs, SS 5 (I think)

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Borders 2010


1st overall 11 Chris HAMMOND/Amanda GARRATLEY F Milner R5 02:36:12
2nd overall 34 Ashley SHORT/Ste ALMOND F TP4x4 Focus 02:44:59
3rd overall 15 Mike MORAN/Claire WOOD K AT4x4 Challenger 02:45:50
Class A (Standard Production, Petrol) No eligable finisher
Class B (Standard Production, Diesel) No eligable finisher
Class C (Modified Production, Petrol) No eligable finisher
Class D (Modified Production, Diesel) 22 Phill BAYLISS/Lance MURFIN D Land Rover 90 03:03:23
Class F (Prototypes, engines up to 3,600cc) 27 Karl GUDGEON/Peter KING F GSR Evo X 02:45:57
Class G (Prototypes, engines over 3,600cc) 51 Robert SIMMONITE/Tony CLARKE G Simmbughini 02:46:48
Class K (Prototypes, Diesel engine – any size) 25 Andrew CHESTER/Matthew LISTER K Bowler Wildcat 200 03:19:41
Class L (2-wheel drives) No eligable finisher
Spirit of the Rally Johnny Drysdale
Best Novice Crew 47 Scott WHITMORE/Steve MATHEWS F Tomcat 88 02:55:58
QT Award: Best Wildcat 200 4 Ian CARSON/Gareth CARRUTHERS G Best Wildcat 200 02:53:24
The Ray Kempster Award: Highest placed Mixed Crew 11 Chris HAMMOND/Amanda GARRATLEY F Milner R5 02:36:12

Final Placings

Position No. Driver Co-driver Car Class Time Diff. from
Prev. First
1 11 Chris Hammond Amanda Garratley Milner R5 F 2:24:50
2 34 Ashley Short Ste Almond TP4x4 Focus F 2:32:09 0:07:19 0:07:19
3 15 Mike Moran Claire Wood AT4x4 Challenger K 2:33:31 0:01:22 0:08:41
4 27 Karl Gudgeon Peter King GSR Evo X F 2:34:09 0:00:38 0:09:19
5 51 Robert Simmonite Tony Clarke Simmbughini G 2:35:04 0:00:55 0:10:14
6 14 Martin Cox Pauline Carson Tornado Evo 1 F 2:38:26 0:03:22 0:13:36
7 31 Toby Jefferson Geoff Barlow GSR 206 F 2:39:48 0:01:22 0:14:58
8 18 Ben Duckworth Howard Belt Rally Raid Desert Warrior G 2:40:18 0:00:30 0:15:28
9 41 Richard Squires Andrew Gould Bowler Wildcat 100 G 2:40:24 0:00:06 0:15:34
10 4 Ian Carson Gareth Carruthers Bowler Wildcat 200 G 2:40:54 0:00:30 0:16:04
11 47 Scott Whitmore Steve Mathews Tomcat 88″ G 2:43:37 0:02:43 0:18:47
12 9 Paul Aynsley Stu Howe LR Tomcat 88″ G 2:44:23 0:00:46 0:19:33
13 8 David Bartlett Alan Agnew Tomcat 100 G 2:45:39 0:01:16 0:20:49
14 26 Paul Myers Matt Morgan LR 100 G 2:49:26 0:03:47 0:24:36
15 22 Phill Bayliss Lance Murfin LR 90 D 2:50:38 0:01:12 0:25:48
16 39 Chris Cuming Kevin Hoare QT Land Rover G 2:51:27 0:00:49 0:26:37
17 35 Anthony Jones Paul Dunn 3ms 206 G 2:52:39 0:01:12 0:27:49
18 12 Colin Stevenson Pauline Stevenson Simmbuggini G 2:52:55 0:00:16 0:28:05
19 28 Euron Williams Martin Roberts Bowler Wildcat 100 G 2:53:00 0:00:05 0:28:10
20 21 Keith Wylde Andrew Jenner Bowler Wildcat 100 G 2:55:13 0:02:13 0:30:23
21 19 Martyn Smith Hannah Reid LR Tomcat 88″ G 2:55:13 0:30:23
22 25 Andrew Chester Matthew Lister Bowler Wildcat 200 K 3:00:59 0:05:46 0:36:09
23 49 Tom Hipkiss Rich Hipkiss Tomcat 100 G 3:04:12 0:03:13 0:39:22
24 30 Robin Vance Glen Robinson Bowler Wildcat 100 K 3:07:45 0:03:33 0:42:55
25 46 Fraser Parish Andrew Smallridge QT 88 F 3:19:49 0:12:04 0:54:59
26 36 Anthony Jackson Graham Jackson Tomcat 100″ G 3:24:43 0:04:54 0:59:53
27 10 Hefin Owen Gwyn Morris 3M Challenger F 3:32:46 0:08:03 1:07:56
28 48 Simon Cooper Sean Wallet LR 90 D 3:40:40 0:07:54 1:15:50
29 16 Niall Meehan Wallace McKay Bowler Tomcat G 3:42:57 0:02:17 1:18:07
30 45 John Walters Lisa Walters LR 90 G 3:50:20 0:07:23 1:25:30
31 17 Peter Baird Niall Thomson Bowler 100 G 3:57:01 0:06:41 1:32:11
32 44 Warren Roper Ken Andrews LR Series 1 88″ G 4:09:48 0:12:47 1:44:58
33 52 Charlie Norman Oliver Kinnell Tomcat Special G 4:25:45 0:15:57 2:00:55
34 50 Geoff Hind Donald Fraser LR 90 G 4:47:59 0:22:14 2:23:09
35 5 Robin Rymell Nathan Rymell Peugeot 306 G 5:12:31 0:24:32 2:47:41

Full results at

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Borders 2009

Results from Borders 2009 – the first year we went to Forrest Estate!

Pos. O/A No. Driver Co-driver Car Class Total Diff. from
Prev. First
1 1 Richard Kershaw Graham Broadbent GSR Evo 9 G 02:20:24
2 2 Dan Lofthouse Jonny Koonja Lofthouse Proto G 02:21:28 00:01:04 00:01:04
3 3 Tim Dilworth Anthony Brinkman Peugeot 206 Sti F 02:25:45 00:04:17 00:05:21
4 9 Carl Duffield Warren Anderson AWD Proto 4×4 K 02:32:58 00:07:13 00:12:34
5 32 Ollie Lloyd Amy McInnon Tomcat “Primrose” G 02:38:22 00:05:24 00:17:58
6 26 Johnnie Drysdale Stuart McLaren LR 110 C 02:40:38 00:02:16 00:20:14
7 18 Ian Carson Gareth Carruthers Bowler Wildcat 200 G 02:44:03 00:03:25 00:23:39
8 7 Robin Rymell Nathan Rymell Peugeot 306 G 02:44:54 00:00:51 00:24:30
9 28 Martin Conboy Michael Harulow Tornado Land Rover K 02:45:26 00:00:32 00:25:02
10 36 Paul Williams Simon Kerfoot AT 4×4 K 02:46:53 00:01:27 00:26:29
11 24 Paul Aynsley Charlie Alder LR Tomcat 88″ G 02:46:54 00:00:01 00:26:30
12 34 Hefin Owen Gwyn Morris 3M Challenger F 02:48:09 00:01:15 00:27:45
13 19 Colin Stevenson Pauline Stevenson Simmbuggini G 02:48:26 00:00:17 00:28:02
14 16 Martin Cox Mark Garner Tornado Evo 1 F 02:48:49 00:00:23 00:28:25
15 37 Niall Meehan Wallace McKay Bowler Tomcat G 02:49:18 00:00:29 00:28:54
16 40 Ben Duckworth Howard Belt Rally Raid Desert Warrior G 02:49:49 00:00:31 00:29:25
17 30 Martyn Smith Hannah Reid LR Tomcat 88″ G 02:51:34 00:01:45 00:31:10
18 29 Tony Rae Duncan Hopkins Bowler 88″ G 02:53:50 00:02:16 00:33:26
19 27 Iain Lawrie Jim Douglas LR Tomcat 88″ G 03:01:12 00:07:22 00:40:48
20 14 Henry Webster Joel Haylock LR Discovery C 03:03:20 00:02:08 00:42:56
21 42 Keith Wylde Andrew Jenner Bowler Wildcat 100 G 03:04:00 00:00:40 00:43:36
22 44 Phill Bayliss Lance Murfin LR Discovery D 03:06:31 00:02:31 00:46:07
23 21 Kevin Groos Tim Chadbourne Mattserati G 03:11:53 00:05:22 00:51:29
24 33 Simon Roberts Mike Hemmingway LR Tomcat 88″ G 03:12:20 00:00:27 00:51:56
25 31 Stu Howe Ian Cupples Bowler 88″ G 03:15:45 00:03:25 00:55:21
26 38 Andrew Chester Matthew Lister Bowler Wildcat 200 K 03:21:35 00:05:50 01:01:11
27 45 Wayne Wells Sam Wells LR 80 K 03:27:56 00:06:21 01:07:32
28 22 Robin Parkinson Joss Lovie Mattserati C4 F 03:40:17 00:12:21 01:19:53
29 23 Paul Myers Matt Morgan LR 100 F 03:41:37 00:01:20 01:21:13
30 20 Paul Garner Giles Tinkler Mattserati K 03:42:47 00:01:10 01:22:23
31 25 Michael Hannak Dave Billings Tornado 2 K 03:45:01 00:02:14 01:24:37
32 35 Euron Williams Martin Roberts Bowler Wildcat 100 G 03:48:10 00:03:09 01:27:46
33 41 Mike Bain Wil Aitken Bowler Wildcat G 04:00:15 00:12:05 01:39:51

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