Variety adds spice for Harriers

Galloway Harriers Pat Bennet, Chrissie Vincent and Peter Horsell at the Helvellyn Run
Galloway Harriers Pat Bennet, Chrissie Vincent and Peter Horsell at the Helvellyn Run

Members of the Galloway Harriers have been busy again recently with autumn runs in very varied weather conditions, distances and terrain.

David Beattie took on the challenge of another marathon on October 27 when he ran the Castles Marathon from Alnwick to Bamburgh in Northumberland.

David was lucky to have bright sunshine and a pleasant tail wind for most his run and apart from a climb at three miles the route was pretty flat along country roads with a glorious finish in front of Bamburgh Castle. He made an excellent marathon time of 3.57.21.

Scroll forward a week and the following weekend brought very different running conditions for Harriers competing in events around the country.

The Stranraer 10k on November 2 saw a good few Harriers taking part in what were appalling weather conditions and, despite a few mix-ups with times and team prizes, the Galloway runners as usual did themselves proud with some great runs and good team spirit.

That day also saw ultra marathon runner Rick Williams take part in yet another long run, this time in Perthshire. Running through freezing rain, wind and sleet saw a number of competitors in this 33-mile race suffer from hypothermia through the course of the race which follows the Glen Ogle trail but Rick managed to survive and had another good run of around four hours, 27 minutes.

Also on that wet and windy day, three Harriers travelled down to the Lake District to take part in the Helvellyn 17k race. Atrocious weather conditions meant that for safety reasons the race was combined with the slower challenge and reduced in distance to around 5.5 miles.

Runners had a great time in the mud and the three Galloway Harriers managed to finish the course in good times without injury but it is a run they won’t forget in a hurry.

Once again the Galloway Harriers proved themselves to be efficient runners over all distances and terrain and can look back on a very successful year, both for individuals and as a club and they go into their winter training looking forward to as much success in 2014.