Impressive runs from Galloway Harriers team

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Kirkcudbright half marathon and Beeches run is a set date for the Galloway Harriers and 2016 was no exception.

Sixteen Harriers took part on a beautiful sunny day and although conditions were warm the Harriers put in some impressive performances.

Taking part in the Beeches 11k run was mother of three young children Jemma McNeill who, true to impressive form ran in 45.14 and was second female home.

Also running the 11k were John Plumridge, another impressive Harrier with an incredible time of 52.25, young Harriers Barnaby Williams in 54.11 and Ruiari Beattie in 1.05.27 and Ruth Leach who lost time helping an injured runner but still managed a great time of 1.18.05.

There was great success in the half marathon too with Harriers coach Adrian Leach getting a PB of 1.21.50 and picking up prizes for first local male and first Kirkcudbright resident. International triathlete Ian Hannah from Stranraer ran a great time of 1.28.49 and next Harrier in was Richard Nash from New Galloway in 1.41.07, followed closely by local Shanna Stitt with 1.42.10.

Frances Drummond from Stranraer is usually running up various hills in the area, but proved she is a versatile runner, crossing the line in 1.43.50, while Chrissie Vincent picked up a well deserved 1st female Vet 50 with a time of 1.52.54 and was awarded the newly sponsored Harry Marland trophy. Chissie was followed closely by Newton Stewart resident David Beattie who had taken part in the Loch Lomond triathlon the week before.

Martina Moore from Stranraer came over the line in 1.57.38 and hot on her heels was Emer Beattie in 1.58.02. Katy Nash, who has run several half marathons already this year put in an excellent time of 2.03.22 and Ailsa Taggart, who hasn’t missed many Kirkcudbright half marathons came in at 2.15.44. The Galloway Harriers can again be proud of some excellent performances.