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Doonhamer 10k

31/08/2016

This eagerly anticipated race last Sunday attracted 46 Dumfries Running club members of all standards with the added chance to run in front of friends and family adding impetus to many to bring out good quality performances.

Expertly organised by Steve Head and his team of helpers from Dumfries Harriers, the route was very spectator friendly as runners crossed the Nith several times and ran past local landmarks. The extra encouragement from a brass band, samba drummers and pipers put an extra spring in the step of even the most tired runner.

First back for the club in 4th place out of the 190 finishers was Richard Beck in 35.53 who was 100 metres in front of Alan Baxter with Kevin McQueen a further 30 seconds behind. Charlie Storrie outlined his potential with a good run in 10th in 37.05, two seconds ahead of Niall Campbell with both 40 seconds ahead of second woman Lisa Finlay. Kevin McCaig had a strong run in 38.47 two places in front of Adam Dickie and Les Hill turned back the years with a powerful run in 40.02 narrowly in front of Simon Mortlock and Franc Karpo.

Hazel Smyth was pleased with her run in 41.30, twenty seconds in front of Ranjit Thomas with Sian Finlay running strongly in 42.08. David Burns ran well in 44.28 and Stephen Mohan in 45.31 was a short head in front of Anne Macfarlane who won the prize as first supervet woman with both Ian Anderson and Stuart Gillespie in close attention. Club captain Sue Jeffrey in 47.16 was just in front of Neil Moffat and Skye Sarahs had a strong run in 48.12 and edged out both Mark Johnston and Richard Pagan. Newcomer Laura Middlemiss ran well in 50.12, sixty seconds ahead of Laura McCall with David Currie close by. Fiona Jardine had a good run in 52.14 just in front of both Saty Burns and Jody Dempster and Andy Dickson was pleased to finish in 54.26 narrowly in front of Sean McGleenan. Craig McCallay was pleased to finish in 56.11 as were Carol Graham and Club chairman Peter Hutchison.

The most encouraging aspect of the race were the number of recent jogScotland graduates who had trained hard for this step up in distance often taking part in their first club race and the support from a dozen or so club mates at the finish was a real help and encouragement. Sharon Marshall ran well in 63.49 with Lesley McCallay and Lynne Wilson close behind. Margaret Laurie in 65mins enjoyed her run as did Sandra Leaney and Laura Broatch. On their first ever 10k runs Mhairi Davidson, Cherie Parker and Jacqueline Wilson each thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and were delighted to reach the finishing line as were friends and training partners Elaine Jack and Barbara Turnbull who again showed the positivity that comes from regular training on Monday nights which allowed them to complete their second ever race over the distance.

Steve Mohan

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