Limpers’ Skye half-marathon exertions are rewarded by a trip between the pubs

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WHILE the Borders was having another wet weekend a group of runners from Lauder braved a six-hour drive to take part in the Skye half-marathon, to be greeted by blazing sunshine, soaring temperatures and a testing, undulating route from Portree and into the back roads of this spectacular island.

After an overnight stay, six Limpers lined up with the 300-plus athletes from all over Scotland and beyond.

The club’s normal training on the Stow Hill paid great dividends with the club recording an overall second place, only one point behind elite club Hunters Bog Trotters from Edinburgh. Calum Stewart (7th, 1.26.23), Eb Rooney (18th, 1.31.17) and George Runciman (26th, 1.33.09) scored the Limpers’ points with Rooney running his first half-marathon to pick up the first Supervet title.

Also finishing were Graeme Sutherland (119th, 1.51.17), Susan Sutherland (2.03.41) and Claire Brennan (2.21.48). Closer to home, this year’s Two Pubs Race took place between The Tower at Oxton and the Lauderdale Hotel in Lauder. Described by one member of Cortstorphine AC as “a hidden gem on the running calendar”, this run is the only open handicap race in the Borders and the results rely upon an honest handicap being supplied by the entrants. It is, however, always a close race.

The first three ladies to finish this year were Anne Weir (Gala Harriers), Diane Ford (Border Triathletes) and Diane Brotherstone (JogEarlston) and, for the men, Martin Rob (unattached), Ian Burton (Kelso Crawlers) and Ronnie Gallacher (Limpers) were successful.

First Limper home was Kirsty Thomson, who won the title for 2011, while the fastest scratch time over the 4.6-mile route was Tom Ferrington (Corstorphine AC) 26.36.

The Limpers’ next events are a breakfast run on Sunday, July 3, and the Earlston Black Hill Race on Tuesday, July 5.

Details for all Limpers events and training from Graeme on 01578 722799 and for the Black Hill from David on 01896 848031.