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Dumfries Half Marathon 2019

27/09/2019

Last Sunday saw the 38th running of the Dumfries half marathon. Organised by Mark Johnston of Dumfries Running Club, at least 20 club mates were working hard behind the scenes and along the course to make sure the event went smoothly. 

Despite the previous day’s beautiful warm weather the start of the race had very heavy rain which made the course muddy and difficult in places but thankfully the rain stopped from midday onwards which was a relief for all the marshals as well as the runners.

At the blast of the horn at 11am the runners left Dumfries and Galloway College and were lead by 2019 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 Ian Harding of Morpeth AC in 71.35mins,the fastest winning time for 5 years. In second place, over a mile slower was David McLure of Kilmarnock Harriers in 78.58 and in third place Edward Mangan in 80.07 was just over a minute behind. The first woman was Jo Zakrzewski in 86.19 over nine minutes in front of Beverley Smith of Cumberland AC with Lindsay Stewart third in just over 100 mins.

The first male and female team prizes were hotly contested, especially as Kilmarnock Harriers, Eden Runners, Morpeth and Cumberland AC were well represented 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 Ian Harding, Paul Waterson (the 2010 race winner) and Philip Walker of Morpeth who headed off Kevin Wallace, Shane Stobbart and Daniel Brew of Cumberland with the host club trio of Alan Baxter, Colin Holding and Kevin McCaig in third place. The ladies team of Beverley Smith, Susan Cain and Vic Wilson of Cumberland AC won the overall team prize with Susanne Enhard, Kathryn Metcalf and Kerry Grinbergs of Eden Runners in second place and in the local category first prizes went to Jo Zakrzewski and Scott Sloan.

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 Scottish Water who provided reusable water bottles for all competitors, Knox Sports and Rowan Glen.

Thanks are also due to Dumfries Sea Cadets who provided a superb service on route and especially to Dumfries Town Band who entertained spectators and competitors before and after the race.

 

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Steve Mohan

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