Harriers virtually team up for excellent results
Gala Harriers athletes were once again out in force to participate in the latest virtual challenge organised by Scottish Athletics.
This time, the focus was a Club Distance Challenge, with athletes given the option of completing either 15 or 30 minutes of running and recording their total distance covered.
Younger athletes were limited to the 15-minute run. In total, 20 members of the Harriers club completed the 15-minute challenge, with 16 results recorded for the 30-minute challenge.
The excellent level of participation was evident in the club rankings, with Gala Harriers placed fifth of clubs nationally in the U17 and above categories for total distance covered (134.7 Km) and a superb fourth-placed club in the U13-15 category, with 31.6 Km total distance.
In the team rankings for the 15-minute challenge, there was a brilliant second place overall for the U13 ‘A’ team, with Zico Field, Aaron Glendinning, Jessica Hendry and Poppy Lunn covering a combined 14.1 Km.
The Masters ‘A’ team of Colin Brown, Simon Adamson, Jennifer Forbes and Lindsay Dun placed fifth overall, with 15.1 Km covered.
In the team rankings for the 30-minute challenge, the ‘A’ team of Graeme Murdoch, Gary Trewartha, Kirstin Maxwell and Julia Johnstone placed third overall with 31.2 Km.
The Masters ‘A’ team of Graeme Murdoch, Gary Trewartha, Julia Johnstone and Angela Jewitt placed second overall with 29.5 Km covered.
A number of Gala Harriers featured strongly in the individual rankings, with the following athletes running superbly to place in the top 10 nationally for their respecti–ve age groups:
Fifteen-minute challenge – Zico Field seventh U13B, Jennifer Forbes second W45, David Nightingale sixth M60, Lindsay
Dun first W50, Eileen Maxwell second W55, Lisa Dalgliesh ninth W45, Carole Fortune fourth W55.
Thirty-minute challenge – Graeme Murdoch ninth M40, Kirstin Maxwell fourth SW, Ian Maxwell second M60, Julia
Johnstone second W45, Lizzie Macleish 10th SW, William McCulloch eighth M60, Angela Jewitt sixth W45,
Jocelyn Richard second W60, Eileen Nicol eighth W50.
Unfortunately, because of an administrative issue, Darrell Hastie’s speedy effort of 9.07 Km in 30 minutes, which would have placed him eighth overall in the national ranking, was not counted in the final results.
The full list of Gala Harriers taking part in the challenge (names preceded by the Km distance covered):
Fifteen-minute challenge – 4.00 Colin Brown, 3.99 Zico Field, 3.96 Cameron Rankine, 3.86 Simon Adamson, 3.71 Aaron Glendinning, 3.71 Jennifer Forbes, 3.67 Ross Christie, 3.64 Archie Hendry, 3.59 Matty Fleming, 3.58 David Nightingale, 3.54 Jessica Hendry, 3.51 Lindsay Dun, 3.41 Eileen Maxwell,
3.34 Lisa Dalgliesh, 3.34 Carole Fortune, 3.10 Gillian Duncan, 2.90 Poppy Lunn, 2.59 Iain Haldane, 2.57 Karen Haldane, 2.55 Charlotte Hendry.
Thirty-minute challenge – 8.06 Graeme Murdoch, 7.98 Gary Trewartha, 7.83 Kirstin Maxwell, 7.65 Tim Darlow, 7.42 Ian Maxwell, 7.35 Neil Christie, 7.28 Julia Johnstone, 6.74 Iain Buckley, 6.74 Lizzie Macleish, 6.57 Fraser Rankine, 6.53 Anthony Lunn, 6.38 William McCulloch, 6.22 Angela Jewitt, 6.11
Jocelyn Richard, 5.69 Eileen Nicol, 5.63 Rachel McAleese.
Hopefully, the excellent levels of involvement from the Gala Harrier athletes in the recent virtual challenges will put the club in a good position when real racing can re-start.