HAD it been the day before or after, the temperatures out on the Hollybush road would have been sub-tropical, but on Saturday afternoon for Gala Harriers’ club 10k handicap, the conditions were blissfully cool for the out-and-back route to the Rinks Farm via Hollybush.
Two Lauderdale Limpers and 21 Harriers gathered outside the Academy for the annual running of this popular race.
First off was Lisa Rybowski, a newcomer to the club, who was supported on the route by Dougie Paton, and over the next 23 minutes the remaining runners started off with their allocated handicaps based on predicted times. Some very good performances, knocking chunks off personal bests, meant that some of the top places were hard-fought and produced exciting finishes. First to reach the waiting crowd, and getting her hands on the silverware, was Gina Allen in 47 minutes and 21 seconds with Vicky MacDonald next in 48.56 and Gillian Sandie, home from Edinburgh University for the holidays, third in 51.18.
Colin McCall produced the fastest time of the day (37.23) to storm in fourth, having moved steadily through the field.
Other results: Kelly Doogan (54.00); Tania Bridges (57.18); Sinclair Hill (38.21); Billy McCulloch (40.26); Rachel Fagan (41.05); Martin Clarke (39.38); Andy Jackson (50.48); Magnus Inglis (39.22); Derrick Brydon (40.15); Calum Stewart (38.43); Fiona Shepherd (44.48); Tony Westbury (39.35); Rosi Capper (59.48); Fergus Johnston (39.21); and Lisa Daly (57.32); Billy McBain (48.06); Malky Gowans (44.07); Dougie Paton (1.13.57) and Lisa Rybowski (1.13.58).
Thanks go to Graeme Murdoch for his handicapping and race organisation, and to the marshalls who supported along the course.