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Dumfries Half Marathon 2018

26/09/2018

Last Sunday saw the 37th running of the Dumfries half marathon. 

Organised by Mark Johnston of Dumfries Running Club, at least 50 club mates along with help from other neighbouring clubs were working hard behind the scenes and along the course to make sure the event went smoothly. Despite predictions, the weather behaved itself and a dry day with sunshine and a strong breeze were the conditions faced by the 200 runners. As a mark of the prestige of the race it was chosen as the West District championships by Scottish Athletics and this added an extra degree of competition for some of the fastest runners.

At the blast of the horn at 11am the runners left Dumfries and Galloway College and were lead by 2018 charity partners Dumfries and Galloway blood bikes at the head of the field. After heading towards Bankend the runners climb past the Dovecotewell animal rescue centre with superb views over to Criffel, the runners returned via Glencaple and the tricky climb back close to Bankend. The final four miles saw the runners retrace their steps with a welcome final downhill mile back to the College.

The race was won by Craig Reid of Bellahouston Road runners in 76mins exactly and he even had enough time to let his young son accompany him as he crossed the line. In second place was David Limmer of Portobello in 77.23 and in third place Andrew Fisher of Kirkintilloch Olympians was exactly a minute behind. The first woman was Lisa Finlay of the host club in 88.59 over two minutes in front of Julie Beveridge of Calderglen Harriers with Rachel Jeff of Cumberland AC less than 300 metres adrift.

The first male and female team prizes were hotly contested, especially as Portobello and Cumberland AC were both using the race as their club championships and this meant that the standard at the sharp end of the field was higher than it has been for several years. The male team prize was claimed by David Limmer, Peter Buchanan and Chris Grant of Portobello who headed off the Dumfries Running Club trio of Alan Baxter, Kevin McCaig and Kevin Conchar. The ladies team of Lisa Finlay, Sophie Canty and Anne Macfarlane from DRC overcame Cumberland AC to win the overall team prize and in the local category first prizes went to Callum Waugh and Anne Macfarlane

As always the race is about so much more than the sharp end of the field with many competitors commenting on the superb support on course and the encouragement given to those striving to do their best as well as the excellent facilities at Dumfries and Galloway college. Thanks are also due to Dumfries sea cadets who provided a superb service on route and at the finish and especially to Dumfries Town Band who entertained spectators and competitors before, during and after the race.

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