Lauder leaves it late before taking capital win

A DELIGHTED Dianne Lauder exceeded her own expectations at the weekend by winning the Edinburgh Half Marathon after overhauling long-time leader Jennifer McLean in the closing stages of a gruelling race.

On a day of highly competitive racing, the 33-year-old from Hawick smashed her personal best by seven minutes to win the event in 1.16.59.

“It was actually someone who was cheering on Jennifer who spurred me on in the closing stages,” said Lauder, who was still recovering from a stomach bug.

The Edinburgh Marathon weekend went down in athletics history as turning unseasonably scorching just at the wrong time.

Although Sunday wasn’t as hot as Saturday, the 26-mile route was very warm at times for the 10 Gala Harriers who had trained throughout the winter months for the gruelling distance and they all had targets they wanted to meet. Billy McCulloch was the pick of the bunch achieving 3 hours, 18 minutes and 10 seconds. Second home for the club was Euan Calvert in 3.23.34, with Keith King in 3.35.00 and not far behind was a delighted Nicola Porterfield in 3.41.46.

Breaking the four-hour barrier takes careful pacing and some fine examples of this were shown by Gina Allen (3.58.28), Anne Weir (3.58.50), Dawn Grant (3.59.08), Gerry Moss (3.59.54) and Pauline Ballantyne (3.59.55). Lee Myers finished his race in 4.24.01 and all should be proud of their inspirational runs.