Another busy weekend for Harriers

Some of the Harriers who took part in the Mull of Galloway - Rick Williams, Andrea Williams, Stewart Templeton, Rachel Christie, Frances Butler, Rowan Armstrong, Martina Moore
Some of the Harriers who took part in the Mull of Galloway - Rick Williams, Andrea Williams, Stewart Templeton, Rachel Christie, Frances Butler, Rowan Armstrong, Martina Moore

It was another busy weekend for the Galloway Harriers with two groups of runners taking part in two different local events.

Eight Harriers traveled to Stranraer to take part in the Mull of Galloway Trail race. This off road race, organised by Stranraer Rotary Club, follows the Mull of Galloway Trail and there is a marathon distance and a ten mile run to choose from.

The marathon distance runners were bused to the Mull of Galloway and ran back to Stranraer and the 10 mile runners were bused to Sandhead and ran to Stranraer from there. It was a well organised and friendly event suitable for all abilities although challenging due to the varying terrain which included some running on sand dunes and through fields.

The Galloway Harriers did themselves proud with 3 winners across the two races. Ultra marathon runner and Harriers chairperson Rick Williams from Newton Stewart won the long distance race crossing the finish line in 3.37, having run an extra mile due to getting lost. Frances Butler, also used to running long distances, took the prize for first female in 4.20. Crossing the line with Frances on the long route was Stewart Templeton from Newton Stewart.

Chrissie Vincent was the next Harrier to finish the marathon distance. The first female to finish the 10 mile race was another Galloway Harrier, Rowan Armstrong with Rachel Christie coming behind in a great time, despite having run a hard 10k in Glasgow the week before.

Martina Moore from Stranraer ran a great race with an impressive time and Andrea Williams had a run/walk plan which brought her in a time she was happy with.

There was a BBQ provided at Stranraer marina after the race where the sun shone on competitors and organisers alike. Definitely one for the annual diary.

Also on Saturday was Collmonel 5 mile fun run which is part of the village fun day.

This is a challenging but fun 5 mile run across hilly trails suitable for all abilities of runner, with plenty of other activities in the show ground to keep friends of runners occupied while the race was being run. Five Galloway Harriers took part in this annual local event.

Ian Hannah from Stranraer came 1st place in 32.33 which was 2 minutes faster than last year. Event organiser John Goodenough was 3rd in the race. Peter Horsell of Newton Stewart was 4th to finish in 38.09. Mother and daughter Emer and Bronagh Beattie battled it out around the course but in the end youth held out over experience and 12 year old Bronagh was second female followed by Emer who was 3rd female.

Marie Stachnio, another junior Harrier, also ran a great race to round off a brilliant showing from the Harriers. Another one the Harriers will look forward to next year.