Gala’s golden girls retain road relay title

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Another golden performance has resulted in the Gala Harriers ladies’ veteran team retaining the National Road Relay title they won last year.

Traditionally viewed as the curtain raiser to the road running season, the largest field on record turned up at Livingston to take on the alternate 3.1 mile and 5.8 mile legs.

Jenny Forbes (19.11 mins) ran a strong lead-off leg to set up the team, while Rachel Fagan (39.39) dug deep on the second leg to increase the lead. Gillian Duncan (21.12) also looked strong over the shorter distance. Ladies’ captain Fiona Dalgleish (37.46) has been a key member of the successful ladies’ achievements over the last 12 months, so it was fitting that she should take the last leg and secure the gold medal for the girls, once again re-enforcing their dominance on both cross-country and road.

The Gala B team of Arlene Botha (21.32), Fiona Shepherd (40.57) and Eileen Maxwell also enjoyed a good outing.

Central AC have dominated the men’s event with their top team posting the fastest collective team of the last 15 years to take the title.

For Gala, Colin Welsh (18.44) and Derrick Brydon (19.43) led the teams off and handed over to Graeme Murdoch (31.50), who picked up 13 places, and Steve Martin (34.49).

For the A team, Wayne McIntosh (18.30) handed over to Colin McCall (34.10), who ran his best time ever for the long leg, before Andrew Lawrie (18.47) and finally Jamie McGowan (34.54) took over to give the team a finishing position of 16th.

In the vets’ category, Al Laurie (22.24), Sinclair Hill (35.04), James Purves (23.22) and Dave Nightingale (38.04), who also completed the Gala B line-up, gave the Harriers a fourth-place finish.