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Gelston '5' Road Race

30/07/2018

The Gelston 5 mile race is always one of the most popular fixtures on the DRC calendar, and with Grand Prix points up for grabs this year, 31 club members turned up to compete.  

The event is organised by Solway Harriers in association with DRC, and takes place on undulating rural roads; after an uphill section around halfway, runners are rewarded with a downhill finish at Carlingwark Loch, where enthusiastic supporters are always on hand to greet competitors.  Conditions this year were conducive to good times, with a cool breeze taking the edge of the humidity.

The Ladies’ race was won by Jo Muir, the team GB modern pentathlete, who grew up in this region before moving to England to train.  The first DRC finisher was Sian Finlay in 33, 11, in 3rd place overall, delighted to set a new PB for this distance.  Next came Anne McFarlane in 36,47, claiming 6th place in the race and winning the 1st vet 50 prize.  The third finisher was Sue Jeffrey in 11th place in a time of 37,50. Further down the field, Eleni Barbetsea also had an impressive performance, finishing in 46,12 in her first race in 3 years, despite limited training opportunities in the lead-up.

In the Mens’ race, Alan Baxter claimed the top Grand Prix points, finishing 3rd in a time of 29, 18.  Colin Holden was next, setting a new PB of 29, 36, and winning the 1st V50 prize.  Niall Campbell continued his comeback with a perfectly paced 30,00 to finish 6th overall. Other notable performances were Kevin McCaig (30,46 and 2nd V50) and Franc Karpo (33,12 and 1st V60), while Ian Anderson smashed his 5 mile PB in 35,12.  Michael Jardine and Brian Mohan continued their recent impressive form in 33,48 and 33,51 respectively.  Les Hill’s race was limited by back pain which slowed him to a steady 7 minute mile pace.  Sandy Shankland was also a little off his superb best, due to recent problems with sciatica.  A little further back in the field, Hamish Macdonald completed his first Gelston run and was happy to dip under the 40 minute mark in 39,41, while David Breen made a return to racing after a long hiatus. 

As always, the race was run in a friendly and supportive atmosphere and was a perfect way to spend a summer’s evening.

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Sian Finlay

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