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Gelston 5 miles race, Castle Douglas

22/07/2014

The Gelston 5 miles road race has always been a popular event for Dumfries Running Club and this year was no exception with 40 members making the short midweek trip to Castle Douglas to take part...

The hot sunny evening was great for spectating but perhaps not so ideal for the runners who might have preferred slightly cooler conditions. However there were some good performances throughout the field.

The front end of the event was dominated by maroon vests with DRC runners claiming the top 3 places in both the men's and women's races. Steven Smith was in fine form, doing enough to see off the challenge from Alan Baxter with Richard Beck in 3rd.

Lisa Finlay led the women home in a fantastic 4th place over-all with sister Sian in 2nd and Amy Beck equaling her brother's achievement in taking 3rd.

Kevin McCaig claimed the V50 prize with Graham Cross first V40 and Peter Hill leading the V60 category to complete a DRC clean sweep. Margaret Laurie rounded off a very successful night for the Club as she was the first FV60 across the line. 

Many thanks to Dougie Milligan, Bob Green and their team of helpers for hosting another enjoyable race.

Results: Gelston Race Results 2014

Following report by Steve Mohan...

As one of the most anticipated races of the year for Dumfries Running Club members, 37 club members took part in the 5 mile road race that was being run in connection with the Civic Week. In total, the club provided 40% of the entire field taking part and as well as this at least 10 other club members were out on the course marshalling or supporting and in addition a good proportion of the finishing crowd were friends and family of DRC members which gave an added impetus to tired runners.

Expertly organised in a laid back style by Dougie Milligan and Sheena and Bob Green, the race starts at the caravan park and circumnavigates Carlingwark Loch with a run to Gelston and a return via Threave Gardens leading back to Castle Douglas with a finish at the park.

With baking temperatures of over 25 degrees at 7pm the conditions were ideal for spectators but the lack of shade and the warmth made pretty challenging for runners and it was no surprise that times were slightly down on previous years. Retaining his title, Steven Smith had an excellent run in 28.11 heading off male club captain Alan Baxter by 28 seconds with Richard Beck a further 11 seconds adrift. Lisa Finlay, as first woman had a very swift run in 4th in 29.21 with work colleague Niall Campbell pleased to narrow the gap to less than 150metres behind.

First supervet Kevin McCaig had an outstanding run in 30.12 and left Graeme Cross, Kevin McQueen and Alastair Stapleton in his wake as the quartet entered the final finishing straight. Adam Dickie was delighted to be the 9th club finisher in the top ten in 31.39. In another very close finish, Ranjit Thomas in 32.14 managed to head off  Sandy Shankland, James Kellock, Les Hill and Norman Neilson as they all entered the grassy finish in Carlingwark park.

Craig Malcolmson had a very smooth run in 34.09 which illustrates the extra distance training he has done in the past few months and Sian Finlay came back into form in 34.55.Nick Stapleton ran well in his first race of the year in 35.44 and Amy Beck continued her recent superb form in 35.56 where she had enough energy to outsprint Callum Walker to the line. Stephen Mohan, in 37.06, managed to recover despite a stumble after 4 miles and Colin Braid did well in 37.26 even though he found things difficult for the final mile.

Peter Hill in 38.27 did well to beat Alison Groat by 9 seconds with Frank Skachill less than 100 metres adrift. Linda Oates finished well after a swift start in 39.02 and Steve McQueen thoroughly enjoyed his run with his club mates in 40.30. Running with Sue Jeffrey, female club captain Margaret Gray had a super run in 41.12 but was only seconds away from her target of a personal best for the distance, alongside Sid Oates. Kerry Walker had a solid run in 42.31 and Donald Anson thoroughly enjoyed his run in the warm temperatures in 45.20, especially as he was 100 metres in front of workmates Susan Callander and Nicola Allan.

Helen Pedley in 47.07, worked hard in the difficult conditions as did Gemma Leadbetter in her first club race in many months due to work commitments and Margaret Laurie ran well despite the challenging temperatures.

SM

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