A dozen times round the track for Harriers

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THERE has been a flurry of athletic activity to report from Gala Harriers, most notably last Thursday night’s club 5km track race at Tweedbank when 17 runners braved the relentless 12 x 400m laps.

First home in a superb time of 17 minutes and 31 seconds was Mark Bryson, who had more than half a minute lead over second-placed Steve Martin in 18.06.

Sinclair Hill took the bronze medal place not far behind him in 18.14.

Other times: 4, Colin McCall 18.22, 5, Paul Daly 18.56, 6, Kirsten Maxwell 19.14 (first lady home); 7, Bob Marshall 19.24; 8, Greg Symons 19.51; 9, Dave Nightingale 19.53; 10, Gillian Duncan 19.55; 11, Billy McBain 20.45; 12, Gerry Moss 20.49; 13, Fiona Shepherd 20.50; 14, Mario Cochrane 21.22; 15, Dawn Grant 23.16; 16, Hayley Jefford 26.03; 17, Lisa Hogg 26.05.

At the same time, Graham Capper was keeping the Gala vest prominent on the streets of Newcastle, “gannin’ alang the Scotswood Road” in the annual six-mile Blaydon Race, which he completed in 43 minutes and 45 seconds before eating raw black pudding and pickled onions, which is the joy that awaits all Blaydon runners whether they like it or not.

In May, the oldest active member of the club, Bob Marshall, and newest dad Graeme Murdoch competed with the best in Scotland in the Scottish 5km Road Race Championships at Silverknowes in Edinburgh.

Murdoch put in a most impressive time of 15.57 to achieve 23rd position, while Marshall won the 60-and-over title in 19.32.

Marshall then went on to compete in the Scottish National Masters Track Championships at a very windy Meadowbank and was pushed all the way, but took first place in 19.20, just four seconds ahead of his nearest rival.

Between the two events, he made it a trio of golds at the Scottish vets’ 10km road race in Glasgow, which he won in 38.55, this time 40 seconds ahead of the second-placed runner.