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Dunoon 10K and Half-Marathon

10/08/2017

Dumfries Running Club went on a trip to Dunnoon, from 4th to 6th August, where the eleven runners split into the two races on offer, and 350 runners, on the Saturday at this lovely coastal town boasting exotic palm trees along the promenade.

Both races started and finished at the same start and finish lines with the Half Marathon starting 15 minutes before the 10K.

Both routes were out and back courses, on a flat and fast route, that headed south for Toward and along the way interesting bird and wild life were spotted in and around the shore including a seal.

With the Half starting first this meant the four DRC members participating in it had their 10K club mates to cheer them on several hundred metres up the road to set them on their way. Then at the first water station the one non participating member, Bev Dickson, was found to have been roped in to help and she was able to cheer on all eleven club mates at the same time as offering a welcoming drink on a hot sunny day.

Sandy Shankland was the first to show for DRC as he churned out sub seven minutes miles after a conservative start with Les Hill and Mike Jardine for the first mile. Sandy powered home in 88.49 to finish in 32nd place and was 1st V60. More importantly though, he achieved a Gold Plus standard with this time.

Les ran conservatively except for the last few miles as he was using this event as a warm up for a marathon the following weekend. This was a great help to Mike who had targeted 98 minutes in an attempt to score a personal best (PB). Mike’s Garmin failed just after the start so with Les’ excellent pace judgement and regular time checks both ran well with Les pushing ahead for the last two miles he finished 57th in 95.54 with Mike not far behind to record a terrific PB of 96.17. He finished 60th and completed his trio of Bronze standard times for the year.

Craig Kerr was the fourth DRC man to come home in a time of 1 hour 49 minutes 51 seconds that he was a little disappointed with but said the scenic course more than made up for it.

Just before the Half started Drew Burgess appeared at the start line in DRC colours and announced he  was doing the 10K. He was instantly recognised by Sandy and Les as both have had many tussles with him in races since the early 1980s. He now lives near Bridge Of Weir but has remained a DRC member since leaving Dumfries 20 years ago. He was quickly introduced to the rest of his club mates before he ran away from them when the novel starting gun, a miniature cannon, was fired at the start of the 10K.

However, before the turn he was caught and passed by Anne Macfarlane who pressed ahead to finish with a superb time of 43.55 and was the 2nd lady in the race. Not only did she collect that prize but in addition she won the 1st FV50 prize, smashed her PB and gained her final Gold standard time for the year. All great reward for the hard work she has put in this year in training.

Drew lost almost two minutes to Anne after she passed him but was pleased to finish 2nd V60 with a time of 45.45

The next two home for the Club were Sean Mcgleenan and Andy Dickson.  Both were delighted to record personal best times of 53.46 and 55.15 respectively showing the potential these courses have for quick times.

Claire Campbell only started running in January this year and she was a little apprehensive before the start so Fiona Jardine and Jody Dempster kept her company to encourage and support her. Claire found this of great benefit and thanks them and the rest of the team for the encouragement she received throughout the weekend.

Fiona stretched her legs in the second half of the 10K to finish in 56.05 and finish 3rd FV50.

Jody stayed with Claire to the finish and eased back to let Claire finish ahead of her in 68th place and with a PB time of 58.19. Jody was only one place and one second behind her. One of Claire’s worries was that she may finish last. We had told her before the race there was no shame in finishing last but that was unlikely anyway. Hopefully she will now run with more confidence as our predictions were correct with over thirty runners coming in after her.

A great day was finished with a meal and a few refreshments at night with our Dunoon hosts, Irene and Scot Hill (Les’ brother). The weekend trip was finished with an early morning jog on the Sunday and a three miles forest walk between cafe visits for breakfast and lunch. 

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