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Dalbeattie 10k

22/06/2014

The Dalbeattie 10k was nominated as this year's DRC Championship event and it was Steven Smith and Mhairi Duff who emerged as the 2014 Club Champions... Report by Steve Mohan ...

The Dalbeattie 10k on Sunday was the challenge for 27 members of DRC with 3 others in the accompanying half marathon. In all 170 people took part in the 10k and the tangible enthusiasm and pre race encouragement for the large number of debutants from the newly formed Dalbeattie running group was an inspiration to all who either took part or supported en route.

This race was nominated as the DRC club championship event and the fact that the fastest club male and female would be presented with a trophy at the annual dance was an extra incentive. The challenging route involving several stiff climbs meant that fast times were at a premium but did not put off those keen to win silverware. 

With 8 finishers in the top 10 it was perhaps inevitable that club members would dominate the sharp end of the field with race winner Steven Smith in 36.01 heading off male club captain Alan Baxter in 36.36 with Richard Beck a further hundred metres behind. Graeme Cross was 5th in 38.51 having overtaken Niall Campbell who was 20 seconds adrift. Kevin McQueen had a strong run in 8th in 39.15 as did Adam Dickie who was 20 seconds behind and female club champion Mhairi Duff was a welcome returnee in 39.37. Kevin McCaig was initially disappointed not to break 40 minutes but quickly realized that 40.20 on such a course was a major achievement. Franc Karpo ran well in 42.50 as did Craig Malcolmson in 45.42 who did the double by completing the half marathon for good measure.

Calum Walker, on familiar terrain, ran well in 46.45 but the run of the day came from Amy Beck who was second woman in a superb 46.54. David Breen in 50.20 managed to pip Alison Groat by 22 seconds while Kerry Walker in 51.15 headed off fast starting Linda Oates by a couple of strides. Fiona Jardine knocked 4 minutes from last year’s time in 53.59 and Sid Oates and Louise Brown ran much of the way in close attendance with Sid in 56.14 finishing twenty seconds in front of Louise with Saty Burns a short space behind.

In her first club race since the London marathon Helen Pedley narrowly failed to beat the hour mark by 56 seconds and the trio of Paula Craven and Karen and Andy Reed ran together in 62.07 which for the latter pair was a slightly easier endeavour than their recent swim in San Francisco Bay. The most encouraging run came from club chairman Peter Hutchison who has managed to overcome 12 months worth of injury and illness and was thoroughly delighted to cross the line in 63.03 with Margaret Laurie only narrowly behind.

Steve Mohan.

 

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