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Paul Cleer and Rick Williams at Chester Marathon
Paul Cleer and Rick Williams at Chester Marathon

The beginning of September saw members of the Galloway Harriers running club competing in two different events.

The first event was the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow which is a popular half marathon with a great atmosphere. Although there was light drizzle and low cloud, this made for good running conditions and given that the course had been changed this year to take in some of the Commonwealth Games venues it was an interesting run which was fairly flat with plenty of water stops. Matthew Robinson achieved a personal best by nine seconds, David Beattie ran his fastest time in two years, Emer Beattie and Ailsa Taggart ran well as did a few other Harriers. Simon Taggart had taken part in the 10k event earlier in the day and was there to cheer the others on for the half marathon.

Also on September 6 Paul Cleer and Rick Williams travelled south and took part in the Chester Marathon. This 26.2 mile race starts at Chester Racecourse, takes in some of the historic city, continues through the beautiful countryside across the Welsh border before coming back into the city to the finish at the Racecourse. The weather was extremely good for October so the many water stops were much needed even though this is a relatively flat course. The crowds giving encouragement both at the race course and throughout the run gave the event a really good atmosphere and Paul and Rick both had family with them cheering them on. Rick ran another PB of 3.15 and Paul finished in around 4.07 which was not his fastest marathon but a fantastic run in really quite warm conditions.

October 13th was another day of long distance running for newly addicted ultra marathon running sisters Chrissie Vincent and Pat Bennet. Looking for a unique way to celebrate a special birthday, Harriers chairperson Chrissie decided to take part in the Wye One Way 50 mile race which is the third round of the Welsh ultra running series and persuaded Pat to join her. The race started not far from the source of the River Wye at Llangurig and mostly followed the Wye Valley, with a few excursions into the Elan Valley via the mountains, to finish at Glasbury. Taking in 2200m of ascent this is no mean feat and extra miles meant that the race was actually 53.5 miles long. Chrissie and Pat finished in an extremely impressive 13 hours and 29 minutes.