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Gelston 5 Miles Road Race 2016

01/08/2016

As one of the most anticipated races of the year for Dumfries Running Club members, a record turn- out of 54 club members, nine more than ever before, took part in the 5 mile road race that was being run in connection with the Civic Week. 

In total, the club provided over a third of the entire field taking part and as well as this at least 10 other club members were out on the course, supporting and helping 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 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. The most inspiring aspect of the race were the large number of recent graduates from the jog Scotland programme who were stepping up to complete their first ever race. Also, the race marked the final appearance in club colours by Helen Paisley and this was marked by a post-race party with a specially baked cake.

At the sharp end of the field, Richard Beck and Steven Smith raced each other all the way with Richard in 28.06 pulling away to finish seventeen seconds ahead of Steven. Niall Campbell was pleased to finish third in 29.19 and even lead the race for a while and Kevin McQueen and Graeme Cross were two of only seven runners who were faster than the half hour.

Lisa Finlay was second woman and ninth overall in 30.05, twenty four seconds ahead of Kevin McCaig and Les Hill had an excellent run in 31.25, five seconds ahead of Adam Dickie with Franc Karpo and Simon Mortlock less than fifty metres adrift. Hazel Smyth gained a new PB in 32.50, ten seconds in front of Ryan McCrindle with Sian Finlay putting in a good run in 34.12.

Ian Anderson ran well in 35.48 a stride ahead of Amy Beck with Anne Macfarlane in close attention. Neil Moffat was delighted with his run in 36.58, especially as he managed to overtake both Mike Jardine and Stephen Mohan. After returning from injury Richard Pagan was pleased to finish in 38.18, a short head in front of Alison McKean. David Currie in 40.38 finished narrowly in front of Laura McCall who had a superb run in 40.55, as did Fiona Jardine in 42.20.

Sean McGleenan knocked two minutes from his best in 42.47 narrowly in front of Norman Neilson who was pacing a fellow Dalbeattie runner round the course. Rab Wilson in 43.48 was inches ahead of Craig McCallay with Mandy Goldie and Jody Dempster close behind. Jim Grierson in 46.25 was five seconds ahead of Robyn Langton and a further hundred metres in front of Chris Wilson.

Margaret Gray and Marian McPhail worked hard to encourage many of the jogScotland  members in the step up in distance on their first ever competitive race with both supporting some apprehensive newcomers who were brand new to running as recently as January.  Steph Grier also used her experience in 48.16 to guide Paula and Amanda Gibson on their debut races. Sharon Marshall and Mel Rennie both finished with beaming smiles in 49mins, a dozen or so paces in front of Lesley McCallay and Jennifer Rodrigues who were both a minute or so in front of Aye Aye Mortimer, Louise Craig and Margaret Laurie.

Caroline Frieslick, Fiona Parker, Helen Paisley and Karen Hastings ran as a quartet most of the way in 52 minutes and this encouraged both Sandra Leaney and Laura Broatch to work hard towards the finishing line. Thanks to the quiet encouragement of Marian and Margaret as coaches and mentors Cherrie Parker, Karen Knox and Judy Nisbett were delighted to complete the personal milestone of their first ever race.

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