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Gelston 5 Mile Race

24/07/2015

As one of the most anticipated races of the year for Dumfries Running Club members, 44 club members, one short of the maximum ever number of club participants, took part in the 5 mile road race that was being run in connection with the Civic Week. In total, the club provided almost a third 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, Bob Green and Audrey and Doug Brown, 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 a record field of 153 finishers the most inspiring aspect of the whole race was the number of debutants both from the Dumfries and Dalbeattie running clubs who had put in so much effort to complete their first ever races.

 

The race was won by David Sloan of Dumfries Triathlon club in 28 minutes exactly which mirrored his victory in this year’s Holywood Stroll. The best club performance came from male club captain Alan Baxter who gained a PB in third place in 28.19 and therefore gained maximum points for the 2015 grand prix series. Ian Liffin, who was first supervet, ran very strongly only seven seconds behind and headed off Niall Campbell by 16 seconds on his best ever run on the distance. First woman, Lisa Finlay, returned to her usual exalted standards in 6th place in 29.17, thirteen seconds ahead of second suoervet Kevin McCaig with Alastair Stapleton having a very encouraging run in 9th in 29.47.

Graeme Cross showed good form in 31.08 as did first over 60 runner Sandy Shankland in 31.57 who held off Danny Queen by thirteen seconds. Adam Dickie, in 32.40, ran a canny race following a careful start and overtook Craig Malcolmson by two seconds with Seb Pflanz a further 12 seconds adrift. The closest sprint finish of the evening came when Brian Mohan in 33.00 finished one stride ahead of Franc Karpo and Colin Braid showed a return to form in 34.42 as he easily overtook Stephen Mohan within the final mile.

Mike Jardine ran well in 35.24 twenty seconds in front of fast finishing Sue Jeffrey and Ian Anderson in 36.07 was one minute ahead of Mark Hall. Anne McFarlane had an excellent run as first supervet woman in 37.21, less than one hundred metres in front of Frank Skachill with a resurgent David Burns in 38.06 heading off David Breen by thirty seconds. Bob Quin was pleased with his run in 40.45 and Gemma Leadbetter in 41.58, knocked an extraordinary 11 minutes off her time from 2014.

Sean McGleenan completed his second ever race in club colours in 43.00 narrowly in front of Mandy Goldie who had a superb run in 43.19. In his first race for several months Chris Wilson in 44.28 finished almost a minute in front of club chairman Peter Hutchison and Rab Wilson in 46.53 was two strides in front of Margaret Laurie.

The influence of the Monday night beginners and improvers section was evident in the encouragement and support as Helen Steele in 48.35 finished sixty metres in front of Stef Grier and Tracy Dalziel in 49.09 was narrowly ahead of Caroline Frieslick with Yolanda Davies a few metres adrift. Karen Hastings and Fiona Parker ran together in 51.22 nine seconds ahead of both Rhiannon Breed and Mel Rennie on their first ever races. Debutante Alice Byers was accompanied by Margaret Gray in 53.14 and Margaret then showed her true commitment to encouraging others by going back on course to accompany Chinenye Anaedu who was cheered in by her club mates on her furthest ever run

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