Kevin feels the heat in Kenyan event

FROM the searing heat of the Masai Mara in Kenya to the off-road challenges of Galashiels in November ... you’d be hard-pressed to find two things more different.

A rather pink Gala Harrier Kevin Stevenson lined up on the start line in Sunday’s Winter Cross-country event just a matter of days after completing the Masai Mara Half-marathon in 32-degree heat. His time of 1.57.10 was nothing short of miraculous despite the temperature and the altitude, which is higher than that of Ben Nevis.

Elsewhere, two Gala Harriers flew the flag at the British & Irish Masters Cross-country International in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, at the weekend.

A wild and windy Glasgow greeted the large field of international competitors from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. And running for Scotland in this masters’ (veterans) event, Dianne Lauder and Bob Marshall, individually and as part of their teams, ensured that the Scottish team placed third overall, as well as third in all the men’s and women’s events taken together.

Dianne had a great run to finish in eighth place out of 126 women in an excellent 22 minutes and 15 seconds, which allowed the Scottish F35 representatives to clinch second place in that category. Bob ran well in his M60 class in 34.20 over the longer course.