Monster marathon

AS WELL as the north/south divide of the weekend’s weather which saw record-breaking temperatures in the south of England and torrential rain in the north, Gala Harriers found themselves equally torn between different ends of the country.

Some headed north for the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon weekend, while others hopped up to the capital for the BUPA Great Edinburgh Run on Sunday.

Those who took the high road may well have fared better with the weather and the results certainly seem to show that the conditions suited the eight-strong squad.

First home inside the envied sub-three-hour time was Calum Stewart from Lauder in 2 hours 59 minutes and 45 seconds, which placed him 41st overall in a large field and a very creditable 14th in his age category. Other results: Martin Clarke 3.22.19; Dave Nightingale 3.34.21; Fiona Shepherd 3.36.48; Gerry Moss 3.56.34; and Dawn Grant 3.59.12.

As part of the Baxters–sponsored event there is also a range of other distances to choose from and the Purves family selected the River Ness 10km to produce another PB for Matthew in 48.36 while Anne was equally delighted with her time of 59.07.

The winner of the women’s Great North Run this year was Lucy Kabuu, and she chose to follow her stunning runaway victory there with another gold medal in Sunday’s Great Edinburgh Run over the 10km distance.

Gala’s Dianne Lauder started in the same elite field as the Kenyan and was representing the East of Scotland, for whom she finished as the first counter in 36.48, ensuring that the East team secured second place in the regional event.

Three other Harriers showed a clean pair of heels in the men’s and masses race that day: Sinclair Hill 37.38; Alan Goodson 46.28; and Gina Allen 49.15.

In the junior events, Andrew Hogg won the boys’ 9-11 age group in 9.50 and Cara Hogg came 11th in the same age category for girls in 10.49.

Last weekend, Gala Harriers held their AGM in the Royal British Legion, reviewing a good year for the club, especially with the attainment of the Club Mark quality standard in 2010 and they are now looking forward to a year of positive developments and growth.