Harriers continue to succeed at local and national level

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FRIDAY’S annual general meeting of Gala Harriers was a triumphant affair, with the club in good shape from all points of view.

Athletic achievement is the main aim, however, and club captains Rachel Fagan and Derrick Brydon reported on an excellent year of results for both juniors and seniors alike.

And just the following day, two young Harriers pulled on Scottish vests to represent their country in the Junior Home Hill Running International in Perthshire where tough conditions in Queen Elizabeth Park were made all the more difficult by overnight rain.

Louise Mercer has raced for Scotland previously, but her plucky performance in the under-19 women of 28 minutes, 13 seconds helped the Scots pick up the silver medal position with her 11th place overall and third for Scotland.

This was Thomas Otton’s first outing wearing a Scottish vest and he ensured that his under-16 age group also brought home silver for their country, placing 12th in 23.41, also third for his team.

The previous weekend, a handful of Harriers braved the Great North Run along with Mo Farah and 56,000 others. Supporting a range of charities, the Harriers were led home by Dave Nightingale in 1 hour, 32 minutes and six seconds. Colin Welsh and Christopher Tiemessen (both 1.46), Elaine Johnston (2.12), Jill Grainger (2.16) and Anne Purves (2.25 pb) completed the set.

The weather was kinder for father/daughter duo Graham and Tess Capper (Team G & T) who competed in the Cairngorm Adventure Triathlon the day before, finishing 15th of the 35 mixed teams.