Harriers are out in force

Peter Horsell, Ailsa Taggart, Emer Beattie, Matthew Robinson, Marie Horsell, David Beattie, Chrissie Vincent, Kerry Maxwell, Martina Moore, Norma Gillan and Jamie Devine
Peter Horsell, Ailsa Taggart, Emer Beattie, Matthew Robinson, Marie Horsell, David Beattie, Chrissie Vincent, Kerry Maxwell, Martina Moore, Norma Gillan and Jamie Devine

The Galloway Harriers have had a very busy summer with runners taking part in races all over the UK and sometimes even abroad.

July saw 12 Harriers taking part in the Castle Douglas five-mile race on a lovely evening following what is a fairly flat fast run.

All the Harriers ran good times, with John Plumridge getting first runner over 60, Kerry Maxwell getting second female vet, Chrissie Vincent getting third female vet and Marie Horsell first female over 60.

Another local race was Roon the Water in Gatehouse of Fleet in August which also saw some great times from members of the running club.

Fourteen Harriers took part on a wet and windy evening, one of the few of the summer. Runners from the club picked up first female and first male prizes as well as a few running personal bests.

Ultra marathon runner Rick Williams has taken part in a number of long-distance races in the past few weeks, coming fourth in the Clyde Stride which follows the River Clyde for 40 miles, fourth and first male vet in a 42-mile race which follows the second half of the West Highland Way, and third place in the 40-mile River Ayrway Challenge which follows the course of the River Ayr.

A few Galloway Harriers branch out into the world of triathlons and this includes father and son David and Connor Beattie, who took part in the Penrith Sprint Triathlon on August 25, both racing excellent times in all the disciplines.

Galloway Harriers’ chairwoman Chrissie Vincent won first female place in the Blackwood 10k trail race near Auldgirth and came back recommending the race to other Harriers for next year as she had such a good run, and running couple Simon and Ailsa Taggart took off in their camper van for a tour of the Highlands and took part in a number of races on their travels, including Isle of Mull and Nairn half-marathons.

Four of the triathlete members of the Galloway Harriers took part in the Crossmichael Triathlon on September 1 and world class competitor Ian Hannah took first place in a time of 2.30.25. Jim Howarth’s time was 2.48.36, Brian Harrison’s 2.57.49 and David Beattie had a time of 3.00.44.

To add an international aspect to the summer’s runs, Chrissie Vincent and Pat Bennet took part in the Marathon du Medoc on September 7 in what looked like great fun where fancy dress is encouraged and plenty of food and drink are provided, especially in the pre-race party.

Chrissie had opted to go as an Avatar, and met up with several others of that tribe on the way round, while Pat joined in the cross-dressing fraternity as Spiderman. This race is billed as the longest marathon in the world and is, in fact, 27 miles instead of 26.2 but Pat and Chrissie had a great run and enjoyed representing the Harriers in France.