Whisky run brings New Year cheer

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THE New Year’s Day Whisky Run in Langholm took place in dry weather, but some sections of the eight-mile course were a bit muddy, writes John Smith.

Taking part in the increasingly-popular event were a good entry of 60 enthusiastic runners and walkers, along with a couple of dogs, while Alison Hutton went round the course on her bicycle.

In an exciting race, the first three runners were all from the Annan club and were only separated by a few seconds.

The winner of the whisky was Kevin Plummer from Wamphray in 54 minutes 38 seconds, with Rory Longmore of Moffat second with 54.43 and the previous year’s winner, Andy Render of Annan, was third in 54.44. Kevin Graham of Langholm finished fourth (55.40).

Organiser Charlie Graham called on Alison Tinker, who had helped to look after things with her husband Mike, to present the winner with his prize.

The proceeds from the race will go to the Langholm Day Centre.