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Kircudbright Half Marathon and Beeches Run

11/06/2018

The past few years have seen hot sunny conditions for the Kirkcudbright Half Marathon, and this year, the 35th edition held last Saturday, was no exception.

12 Dumfries Running Club members joined the field of 120 over the half marathon distance with 8 completing the 11.2K Beeches run, with Linda Shankland and Donald Anson offering on course support and encouragement

The course is a testing undulating one, with a short sharp hill in Twynholm. There is no chance to let tired legs fade at the end as the last couple of miles are rather exposed along the High Street into Kirkcudbright. This year the organisers wisely decided to move the start back to 11am which helped competitors after last year’s difficulties.

 The fastest club runner was Charlie Storrie who was delighted to finish 4th in 84.33, just over two minutes and one place ahead of first lady Lisa Finlay who had an excellent run in 86.46. Kevin McCaig kept up his very high standards in 87.08 as first over 50 vet and Sandy Shankland was first vet 60 in 92,13. The trio of Charlie, Kevin and Sandy retained the first team trophy for the 5th year in a row. Stuart Gillespie ran well in 96.42 in 15th place and Stephen Mohan in twenty seven seconds over the hundred minute mark just managed to hold off Mike Jardine by thirty seconds.

In his first half marathon for a while, Craig Kerr in 119mins knew he was a bit below his peak and James Brash was pleased to finish in 123mins, two minutes in front of Andy Davis and Saty Burns. Fiona Jardine ran a canny race in 129mins as the first part of a double header over the weekend. The local star of the race was Kenny Patterson who has completed every one of the races and he was encouraged by supporters cheering him over the entire length of the course.

In the accompanying 11k Beeches run the race was won by Jonathan Dale of DRC in 43.24 and the first woman was Sian Finlay in 47.17. This meant that the Finlay sisters had the rare honour of winning both events and for Sian there was the extra kudos of beating her nephew Lucas Pedley into the bargain. Fully recovered from her London marathon exploits Alice McPherson ran well in 61.11, three minutes in front of Gail Davidson. Club newcomer Elaine McMeikan was pleased to finish in 67.58, thirty seconds in front of Louise Craig with both Helen Steele and Rhiannon Breed in close attendance.

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