Harriers are real prize guys

Galloway Harriers before the Stranraer half marathon
Galloway Harriers before the Stranraer half marathon

Fourteen Galloway Harriers too part in the Stranraer half marathon on Saturday.

Having spent the past two months doing hill training, it was a change of elevation and terrain and, with the weather holding up well for a change, the Harriers put in impressive performances.

Ian Hannah and Jemma McNeill were the first Galloway Harriers to cross the finish line, Ian in 1hr 28m, first in his age group, and Jemma with a time of 1hr 33m which got a podium place for third female.

Paul Cleer, who is in marathon training, finished in 1hr 38m, mere seconds away from his personal best, which he was not expecting and had he known he might have run quicker!

Frances Butler benefited from the pacing of Harriers’ coach Adrian Leach, a true professional, who managed to coax her round in 1hr 40m, incredibly beating her personal best by nearly five minutes.

Chrissie Vincent, who last Saturday completed a mountain marathon, literally, found a great pace to finish in 1hr 41m. Ryan Jones followed on quickly and came in 1hr 43m, a fraction ahead of John Plumridge, also in 1hr 43m.

The steady stream of Harriers continued from there with David Beattie in 1hr 46m and Martina Moore in 1hr 49m. Norma Gillan put in a lovely personal best with 1hr 54m and the female Harriers continued to storm past the finish line with Emer Beattie in 1hr 59m, Gail Muir, another personal best in 2hr 00m and Ailsa Taggart in 2hr 10m.

The prize-giving was dominated by Galloway Harriers and was a true reflection of all the hard work put in through the winter wind and rain.

The 45–49 age group was a clean sweep with Martina first, Norma second and Emer third, and another Galloway Harrier double when first local male and female prizes were won by Ian and Frances. The cherry on the cake was Jemma, Frances and Chrissie winning first female team. A great day for the Galloway Harriers.