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Kirkcudbright Half Marathon and Beeches Run

24/05/2014

This very popular pair of events were the focus for 38 members of Dumfries Running Club with 24 taking part in the Half Marathon and 14 in the Beeches run...

 

Steve Mohan reports as follows: 

The long established Kirkcudbright Half Marathon has been a strong favourite in the local calendar with enthusiastic and vocal crowds and a family friendly atmosphere that encourages the best performances from runners. With early stages in the town, runners head towards Borgue and climb towards Twynholm with its nasty uphill loop but the reward is a clear run in for the final third of the race back to the finish at the Academy.

The best run of all came from Lisa Finlay who had another personal best in a superb performance in 4th place as first woman in 78.22 which was a minute and two places in front of male club captain Alan Baxter. Jacob Tangey had a very strong run in 8th in 79.52 fourteen seconds in front of fast finishing Richard Beck. The trio of Alan, Jacob and Richard retained the male team prize for the 5th year in a row.

Graeme Cross and Kevin McQueen both had vintage runs in 12th and 13th place with Graeme in 81.44 five seconds in front. Kevin McCaig again had a strong run in 84.02 and Sandy Shankland had one of his best runs in a long time in 86.01 by heading Adam Dickie by twenty seven seconds and Terry McCloskey by a further nine. Simon Mortlock ran well in 88.48 and Danny Queen was a welcome returnee in his first race of the year in 90.26.

Steven Bonn in 94.40 in 47th place proved too strong in the final stages as he pulled clear of Stephen Mohan and Sian Finlay with Stephen in 95.37 eventually getting 50 metres in front of Sian. Peter Hill ran well in 102.13 and improved on his Stranraer time by 3 minutes and Mark Hall found the final section of the race to be tough as he faded slightly to finish in 103.03. The happiest finisher in the whole field was Kerry Walker who an outstanding run in 106.07 and the trio of Lisa, Sian and Kerry claimed the first female team prize.

Amy Beck had a very promising run in 107.49 in her debut half marathon and Frank Skachill ran well in 110 mins with an understandably tired Alison Groat a minute behind after her recent Florida triathlon exertions. Jo Needham was a welcome returnee in her first club race for a while with a solid return to form in 121 mins with Paula Craven four minutes behind. Full marks go to Satpal Burns in the step up in distance in her first club half marathon in 131 mins. 

The Beeches Run

This unusual distance, 11.2km , has been run in conjunction with the half marathon for several years now and has bedded in as an integral part of the whole experience of the Kirkcudbright race and attracted 14 DRC members in the field of 79 finishers. The fastest club finisher was Kevin Conchar in 2nd place in 40.48 with the fast improving Alastair Stapleton in 4th in 41.59. James Kellock ran well in 10th in 44.56 just over 30 seconds in front of Norman Neilson with Jeff Donnelly returning to form in 49.02. 

David Burns, thankfully fully recovered from injury, was delighted to finish in 51.13 with Sue Jeffrey posting a superb performance as second woman in 52.27, three seconds in front of Mark Johnston. David Breen continued his resurgence in 54.30 two and a half minutes in front of Chris Wilson. Rab Wilson in 60.56 ran well with Susan Parker in 67.33 just over three minutes in front of Donald Anson with Gerry Edgar a further two minutes behind.

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