Harriers carve up the miles for club

TWO weeks of a variety of athletic action have seen good individual and team efforts from Gala Harriers in the east and west of Scotland.

A bright but gusty day welcomed the 269 runners to Dunbar for a testing 10k – and only one Harrier ventured there this year as the Scottish Athletics Road Relays championships fell on the following day.

Martin Clarke flew the flag bravely for the club with a commendable 37th place in 41 minutes and 43 seconds.

There was a good turnout of male seniors at Livingston for the annual road relays, but maybe Mother’s Day had an effect on the numbers of female runners who travelled to Almondvale for this popular event.

Female teams need four to count and only Gillian Duncan (21.41) and Rachel Fagan (38.52) put their Mother’s Day celebrations on hold to complete half of the distance required.

Senior men need six in a team to count over a looped course which is divided into three short and three longer legs and the Harriers managed one-and-a-half teams, the A team finishing 23rd out of 43.

Spirited runs came from Colin McCall (18.44), Graeme Murdoch (31.51), Tony Lunn (20.51), Fergus Johnston (35.21), Euan Jardine (18.39) and Paul Daly (37.50).

A keen but incomplete B team comprised Bob Marshall (19.47), Derrick Brydon (38.05) and Alastair Laurie (20.52).

Last Sunday Strathclyde Country Park was the idyllic setting for the first event of the Scottish Grand Prix Road Race series. A fairly flat and fast course was somewhat cancelled out by searing heat and the added obstacle of hundreds of non-runners also enjoying the Sunday sunshine.

Over the 10-mile course, Graeme Murdoch possibly set off a bit too quickly with the leading group, but stayed strong until 7.5 miles, before the heat started to take its toll.

He finished in a time of 55.35 and wasn’t disappointed to finish in 11th place.