Athletes are out in force

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Galloway Harriers runners have been out in force across the UK in recent days.

Harriers coach Adrian Leech, from Kirkcudbright, travelled to Blackpool on Sunday, May 5, to run a 10k race.

Business commitments meant that he would miss Troon 10k the following week and – in true dedicated runner style – he replaced it with another.

Adrian is a great encouraging coach for runners of all shapes and sizes and is always finding ways to help other runners to achieve their goals. He is also very good at pushing himself to the limit and, as usual, turned in a remarkable performance at Blackpool of 37 min 27 sec, which was a well deserved personal best.

Rick Williams, who lives in Newton Stewart, ran the Milton Keynes marathon on Monday, May 6.

This was only the second time this marathon had been organised and it has been a marathon of two extremes: last year there were torrential downpours and flooding, while this year it was a very hot day with a few runners collapsing as a result of the temperatures.

Rick came in with a personal best by 10 minutes of 3 hours 17 min 27 sec, although he was hoping to run a much faster time than that. However, given the weather conditions this was a good run.

Bank holiday Monday also saw Simon and Ailsa Taggart from Stranraer run the Belfast marathon – which is a big event and a circular route from the city centre with a lot of support along the way.

Simon and Ailsa are having a great running year this season, and this was borne out by their great times of 4 hours 14 min 27 sec for Simon and 4 hours 26 min 10 sec for Ailsa.

The Galloway Harriers are a really friendly running club, catering for anyone who wants to run. The club has runners of all speeds and all distances, and athletes who run every day as well as those who run just a couple of times a week.

If you are a runner of any level, you would be welcome to join. The club offers great encouragement to runners and helps others achieve their individual goals. To find out more, visit www.gallowayharrier.co.uk or contact our club chairwoman Chrissie Vincent on 07748338804.