Harriers set personal bests

Galloway Harriers at the Troon 10k were Brian Harrison, David Beattie, Marie Horsell, Martina Moore and Ian Hannah.
Galloway Harriers at the Troon 10k were Brian Harrison, David Beattie, Marie Horsell, Martina Moore and Ian Hannah.

The wild and wet weather last Wednesday didn’t put off a group of Galloway Harries who travelled up to the annual Troon 10k, organised by Troon Tortoises Running Club.

This is a large event, with around 1000 runners and a favourite with a few of the Galloway runners. The first stretch is along the shore and running was into a strong wind.

The support around the route from residents was really good and the Galloway Harriers had a very successful evening with a clutch of personal bests.

Ian Hannah was first Harrier in, storming over the finish line with a PB of 37.27. Brian Harrison came in just over a minute in front of David Beattie with 43.04 and 44.24 respectively, both also PBs. Martina Moore put in another very impressive run to continue her collection of PBs and came in at 48.45, while Marie Horsell just missed a PB with a great run of 63.28. Andrea Williams completed the Harriers’ evening with a great PB of 72.30.

Three young members of the Harriers – also swimmers with Merrick Mavericks Swim Club – competed in an aquathon in Prestwick last Saturday. There were various distances for different age groups but all races consisted of a distance swim, passage through a transition area to remove goggles and caps and pull on running shoes, before a distance run around a circular route.

It was a tough challenge for them at their respective stages and they all swam and ran extremely well. Bronagh Beattie did a 150m swim, a 1k run and finished in 7.42, Ruairi Beattie did a 250m swim, a 2k run and finished in 13.49, and Barnaby Williams did a 400m swim, 3k run and finished in 18.30. These times are impressive and the three sporty youngsters look set to go on achieving when they compete in another aquathon in August.

Sunday saw four Galloway Harriers leave home at the crack of dawn for the Glasgow women’s 10k, sponsored by Bupa. All the Harrier women were in the first wave to go off at 10am.

This was a wet event almost from the start. There were plenty of spectators and entertainment along the route and with personalised numbers it was good to hear lots of names being shouted on the way – especially as by this time the rain was pouring!

All four Harrier ladies finished within the hour and were delighted. Chrissie Vincent finished in a fast 47 minutes, Martina Moore bagged herself a second PB of the week with 48.24, Emer Beattie was just behind in 51.06 and, amazingly, Ailsa Taggart finished faster than she did last year, in a time of 54.55 despite being in marathon recovery!