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Moffat 15k

15/07/2014

The Moffat 15k Race is always a popular target for many members of Dumfries Running Club and on Tuesday 33 joined the field of 157 for this year's event, with many others turning out to support along the route. Steve Mohan sent the following report...

Effectively the race is split into three separate parts with the first section a relatively easy 4 miles followed by a 200 metre climb within a mile at the Devil’s Beeftub with the reward for tired runners a 4 mile downhill run back to the Ram at Moffat.

The best club performance came from Steven Smith in second place in 54.33, a time almost 2 minutes faster than last year with male club captain Alan Baxter a minute up on 12 months ago in 57.12 in 5th. Richard Beck continued the positive performance trend in 8th in 58.07 just over 150 metres in front of first woman Lisa Finlay. Graeme Cross was thoroughly delighted to dip under the psychological 60 minute barrier by 25 seconds in 12th, one place and 23 seconds in front of Jacob Tangey.

Kevin McQueen and Kevin McCaig continued the run of strong performances in 60.27 and 60.58 respectively and newcomer Murray Parker in his first ever club race had an outstanding run in 61.25 and completed the total of 9 club finishers in the top 20. Adam Dickie and Sandy Shankland had the quiet satisfaction of impressive returns to form in 62.50 and 63.03 respectively. Ranjit Thomas in 64.21 used all of his hill running experience to get ahead of Simon Mortlock by 30 seconds with Norman Neilson less than 50 metres behind.

Sebastian Pflanz had a good run in 68.40 as did Callum Walker on his debut in 72.40. The performance of the day came from Amy Beck in an outstanding 73.02 overtaking Stephen Mohan who had a poor run in 74.44. Alison Groat underlined her recent progress in 75.18 by knocking over 10 minutes from her time from 12 months ago with Peter Hill two strides in front. Mark Hall in 75.27 was pleased to be faster than anticipated and Frank Skachill judged his pace well in 76.40. Linda Oates ran well in 80.57 only 30 seconds in front of Richard McDougal and Jo Needham. Karen Reed ran a careful race in 83.40, twelve seconds in front of Kerry Walker and womens club captain Margaret Gray in 84.53 used her experience to help those around her to maximise their performances.

Nicola Allan in 87.10 and Helen Pedley in 92.15 ran well in their longest races since both completed the London marathon in April. Jim Grierson in 96.50 found the varying terrain of the race to be difficult as did Margaret Laurie in her longest race since the Edinburgh marathon in May and Theresa Lavery thoroughly enjoyed the chance to get back into her first race for many months.

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