The Galloway Harriers have had a busy two weeks with various local runs.
First of the events was the Gelston 5 mile race in Castle Douglas on Tuesday 26th July. This race starts at the park in Castle Douglas and follows a 5 mile route. Eight Galloway Harriers took part. This evening race is an annual fixture on the Galloway Harriers’ calendar. The order of results were as follows. Peter Horsell 35.32, John Plumridge 36.59, David Beattie 37.38, Martina Moore 38.14, Darcey Brown 39.35, Katy Nash 42.35, Ailsa Taggart 45.34 and Marie Horsell 53.17. The following weekend saw races on 2 consecutive days.
The Glenluce fun run, which is a 5.1 mile hilly route past the Abbey, has been restarted after a break for a few years and was, as before, a well run, informal race with a good community spirit. There were no official times but the Galloway Harriers came away with a number of prizes. John Goodenough was 1st male, Richard Nash from New Galloway was 2nd male, Ian Hannah from Stranraer was 3rd male and Simon Taggart was 4th male from the Galloway Harriers.
The female harriers also picked up prizes with Martina Moore being 1st female, Katy Nash 2nd female and Ailsa Taggart 3rd female. The 1st junior in the race was William Nash from New Galloway. To finish a good week of racing 9 harriers took part in the Port William fun run on 31st July. This is another informal and fun race organised by the local gala committee and a great run to take part in despite the hills. Ian Hannah from Stranraer ran in 42.59, John Goodenough in 45.08, Peter Horsell in 48.11, John Plumridge in 50.47. Junior harrier William Nash came a second ahead of his dad Richard in 52.58 (52.59 for Richard). The female harriers put in great times with Martina Moore in 53.44, local runner Chrissie Vincent in 55.52 and Katy Nash in 60.48.