Snails race to charity’s aid

Weather failed to dampen Glen Luce Snail Race spirits when Saturday proved to be one of the worst mornings of the winter.

The organisers of the Glen Luce Snail Race feared that the event would be a wash-out but they need not have worried as, despite rain, sleet and snow, participants appeared from near and far – some even from as far away as Aberdeen.

When the Rev Tom McWhirter blew his whistle to start the race at 10.30, suddenly the rain stopped and the clouds started to lift.

First to finish was Ian Hannah. Despite the wet conditions and the demanding course, he achieved a very creditable time of 42 minutes and 30 seconds.

First lady home was Ailsa Taggart in 58 minutes and 37 seconds. Barnaby Williams was the first junior competitor to finish in 55 minutes 17 seconds.

The coveted Snail Award for the last person home went to Vaughan Roberts in a time of one hour, 43 minutes. Vaughan’s progress around the course was impeded by the fact that the Border terrier accompanying him only had little legs, and insisted on leaving “peemails” for the other dogs at regular intervals. Vaughan even had time for a drink, a biscuit and a chat at the Stairhaven drinks stop and a bit of sightseeing en route to the finish.

The ladies of Glenluce did themselves proud with a great selection of home baking for the participants to sample in the church hall after the event, including the famous “snail biscuits”, which this year were coloured pink.

Thanks to the efforts of all those who took part, their sponsors and all who helped in the organisation, a total of £1368 was donated to Tearfund.