Harriers in fine form

Galloway Harriers at Castle Douglas were, left to right, Peter Horsell, Ailsa Taggart, Emer Beattie, Matthew Robinson, Marie Horsell, David Beattie, Chrissie Vincent, Kerry Maxwell, Martina Moore, Norma Gillan and Jamie Devine.
Galloway Harriers at Castle Douglas were, left to right, Peter Horsell, Ailsa Taggart, Emer Beattie, Matthew Robinson, Marie Horsell, David Beattie, Chrissie Vincent, Kerry Maxwell, Martina Moore, Norma Gillan and Jamie Devine.

Twelve members of the Galloway Harriers running club recently competed in the Castle Douglas five-mile run which is part of the town’s Civic Week.

They all did themselves and the club proud with some good running times.

The weather provided great conditions for a shortish run and the course is fast and pretty flat.

Jamie Devine was the first Harrier over the line in a time of 30.33, followed just two minutes behind by Matthew Robinson in a time of 32.30.

The club’s own running legend, John Plumridge, once again back from injury, took a prize for first over-60 to cross the line in a great time of 35.22, having just pulled ahead of David Beattie with his great time of 35.48.

Three Harriers came over the line within 22 seconds of each other, with Peter Horsell, having fully recovered from his broken toe of earlier in the year, first of the three in a time of 36.04. Kerry Maxwell from Gatehouse was hot on his heels in 36.06 and was second female veteran, with club chairperson Chrissie Vincent taking third female veteran in a time of 36.26.

Martina Moore from Stranraer was the next Galloway Harrier to finish in 39.31 and new member Norma Gillan turned in an impressive 41.14, followed closely by Emer Beattie in 41.22.

Ailsa Taggart wasn’t far behind in 44.38 and Marie Horsell finished as first female over-60 in a wonderful time of 50.35.

All the Harriers ran really well and enjoyed another good five-mile race, carrying on some really impressive results so far this year.

The club is going from strength to strength both in numbers and performances and look forward to more good runs as the year continues.