A BRAND new trail race around the picturesque estate near Falkland Palace on Saturday brought success for the Gala Harriers seniors who found the course and the weather much to their liking.
In a field of 53 runners across 10 kilometres Captain Rachel Fagan, in 10th place, led the Gala women home in a time of 44 minutes 56 seconds, followed by Joeleen McKean (17th in 46.59) Fiona Dalgleish (22nd in 48.35) Eileen Nicol (36th in 51.36) and Andrea Pogson (40th in 52.44). This ensured that they secured second overall team position beaten only by Edinburgh Athletic Club.
Not to be outdone the men had to cover 15k and in a big field of 81 starters, put themselves in third place overall, again a well-deserved result. 16th placed Fergus Johnston led the team home in 55 minutes, with his eight team mates putting in some spirited performances to capture that bronze medal position: Graeme Murdoch (57.07) Colin McCall (58.56) Mark Bryson (59.33) Dave Nightingale (1.03.58) Derrick Brydon (1.06.12) Steve Martin (1.08.53) Tommy Knox (1.12.21) and Graham Pogson (1.13.34).