Hill Rally Club Update

The organising team have been watching the current Covid-19 situation closely, as well as liaising with Motorsport UK on their plans to open up our sport.

In light of the phased approach to re-opening the country (Scotland), the economy and Motorsport, it has been decided that the Club will concentrate every effort into just one big event this year.

The team are already working in the background on this – looking at land, costs, potential routes and courses, as well as how to run an event under the important MSUK Covid-19 guidelines.

So, for now, save the date – 21/22 November 2020 and we’ll keep everyone up up to date on here and on the website as plans progress.

Stay safe everyone.

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Media Release

The Scottish Hill Rally Club has been keeping a very close eye on the guidance from Scottish Government and Motorsport UK during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

We fully understand and would encourage all our members, competitors, marshals and officials to heed the current advice and fully support the closedown of motorsport till at least the end of June 2020.

However, this does not stop us dreaming about Cross Country motorsport!

With this in mind the Organising Committee are keeping in touch with our landowners about the possibility of a Short Course Comp Safari in Galashiels in the middle of August. This would only happen if the official advice allowed it and assuming all Social Distancing requirements could be met. It would also be fully dependent on making sure sufficient medical cover could be provided without detracting in any way from the NHS.

We are still working at being able to run the Scottish “Borders” Hill Rally on the 21st & 22nd of November 2020.

Normally at this time of year Vicky would be out doing route surveys, Rupert would be writing regulations, Helen would be contacting competitors, Ron would be booking Rescue and Recovery units, John would be pulling together all the stage furniture that will be required, Dean would be starting to chat up the Marshals, Campbell would be twisting Set Up Crew’s arms and many others doing many other tasks. These are all still happening! Quietly, in the back ground, from the comfort of our sofa’s during this period of lockdown. We are all ready to spring in to action as soon as we can get an official go ahead.

At the Scottish Hill Rally Club we realise life is currently full of frustration and restriction, but with patience we will race again!

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Scottish “Borders” Hill Rally, 21 & 22 November 2020

Early planning is underway for this years event. Given the disruption to all motorsport in 2020 due to Covid-19, it is very much hoped that this years event will be a great opportunity for a healthy number of cross-country competitors to let their racers really stretch their legs on a tough, challenging and rewarding contest across the forests, tracks and quarries of Forrest Estate in Dumfries and Galloway.

Watch this space…….

Photo credit: Fraser Wenseth

Justin Birchall, 2019 Champion

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AGM 2017

As I wish you a Happy New Year it is remarkable to see that another year has passed, and with it another series of cross country events. We have run a series of competitive safaris and the Scottish “Borders”Hill
Rally, and this means that our next event is the Club’s Annual General Meeting This will be held in The Stables at The Inn, Crook of Devon, Perthshire at 14.00 on Saturday 11th February 2017. This will start with the Annual Dinner, gathering at 12.00 for 12.30, and then move into the formal meeting, but with plenty of opportunities along the way to catch up with fellow members! We will be eating from The Inn’s varied menu, and to help us plan numbers it would be useful if you could let the Secretary know if you plan to attend.

All current and prospective members are invited, and this will be an excellent opportunity to hear about what has been going on in the club in 2016, and the plans for 2017 (and 2018!), as well as to elect the committee to guide the club through the next year.

Available on-line are:

We would appreciate it if you could complete a membership form with your up-todate information so we always have the most current contact details for you. This can be brought with you to the AGM or posted (address on the form), or emailed to membership@scottish-hillrally.co.uk.

The strength of the club is its membership, and we are always looking for people to join the committee! This is an ideal opportunity to help shape the future of the club, and join in the organisation of some of the highest profile Cross Country events in Scotland. It can be rewarding and fun… and if you think you might be interested please feel free to contact any member of the committee for a chat! If you wish to nominate yourself or another member of the club please complete the attached nomination form, making sure you have the agreement of the nominated person, and return it to the Secretary before 28th January 2017

If you have any proposals or topics you would like discussed at the AGM, these must be submitted no later than 14 days before the event, so they should be with the club secretary no later than Saturday 28th January 2017. Proposals should be:

  • Clearly worded
  • quote the relevant rules or regulations
  • be clear in what you want to achieve and why
  • show the name of the proposer.

All expressions of interest in attending, nominations and proposals should be sent to the club secretary: Mr. Charles Denny, Darnaway, Castleton Place, Braemar, Aberdeenshire AB35 5ZQ, or via email to secretary@scottish-hillrally.co.uk.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries, suggestions for issues to raise at the meeting or would like to chat in advance of the AGM. I look forward to seeing you next month

Rupert Hine, Club chair.

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Marshals Required – 19th & 20th November 2016

Scottish “Borders” Hill Rally – Forrest Estate, St John’s Town of Dalry – DG7 3XS

Want to be part of the most exciting off road motorsport event of the year?

Want to be close to the action and get an insight and access to this beautiful site that is not available to any spectator?

We need your help to run this spectacular motor racing extravaganza.

Marshalled at Gravel or Tarmac Rallies, Marshalled at Circuits, Sprints and Hill Climbs, Marshalled at Karting and Autotests, never Marshalled before – come and experience the best Motorsport action.

Come and marshal at this year’s Scottish “Borders” Hill Rally – please contact Dean Pugh: dean.pugh@virgin.net or 07590 696 400.

We are delighted that we have sold out our competitor entries in the first 24 hours.   We have a diverse and international field of 50 drivers and vehicles competing in the final Hill Rally Championship race of the year, in the last round of the Defender Challenge, in the Scottish “Borders” Hill Rally.

15 Stages through day and night over 110 competitive miles, a real test of endurance for the competitors, but it cannot run without you out there ensuring everyone remains safe, so please get in touch.


Do you need a 4×4?   No, all areas of the site are accessible without a 4×4 (but if you have one you can have a lot of fun exploring).

Where can I get accommodation?   Rustic camping available on site.   Hotels and B&B’s throughout the area and various types of self-catering accommodation throughout the region, inc http://www.lochken.co.uk/

Do I need to do the full weekend?   No, happy for you to do 1 day, (but you will want to come back for more!)

Do I need to be MSA Marshal Registered?   No, whilst preferred it is not essential.   But plenty of time to get registered at https://www.msauk.org/Marshals

How do I get involved?   Contact the Chief Marshal, Dean Pugh at dean.pugh@virgin.net or 07590 696 400

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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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2013 seeding

The seeding list for the 2013 Britpart “Borders” Hill Rally is:

1 Chris Bird
2 Paul Myers
3 Alex Holford
4 Andy Powell
5 Mike Bakewell
6 Martin Cox
7 Tim Phillpot
8 Jonnie Drysdale
9 David Johnson
10 Paul Mansfield
11 Willie Stubbs
12 Henry Webester
13 Ben Duckworth
14 Colin Stevenson
15 Andy Skelly
16 Gareth Carruthers
17 Nick Ward
18 Ian Carson
19 Phil Bakewell
20 Jonathan Barker
21 Richard Squires
22 Chris Taylor
23 Anthony Jackson
24 Alan Thomas
25 Mark jacqques
26 Hefin Owen
27 Wyn Willams
28 Charlie Norman
29 Euron Williams
30 Neil Rogers
31 Mark McNeill
32 Phil Bayless
33 Kevin Stubbs
34 Mark Walker
35 Paul Aynsley
36 Andy Chester
37 Paul Chambers
38 Steve Caroll

(edited 10/11/13 23:30 under instruction from Clerk of the Course: Willie Stubbs moved to 11th, and 11-33 moved down 1)

Final Instructions are being sent out as I type, and will be with all competitors shortly.

Just to confirm: we will provide competition numbers Free Of Charge – you just need to have a white space to put them!

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