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Brampton to Carlisle 10 Mile Road Race

20/11/2019

This 10 mile race, now in its 68th year, is one of the classic distance races and has always attracted a high calibre field eager to test themselves against the best runners from Central Scotland and the North of England. 

Last Sunday 20 Dumfries Running Club members joined the larger than usual field of 689 at the William Howard school in Brampton for the 11.30am start. Cheered on by several of their clubmates, the conditions were perfect with mild dry and sunny conditions along with a light tail wind.

 

The standard this year was extremely high and the race winner, Charlie Hulson of Liverpool, crossed the line in a scarcely believable 47.24, the fastest winning time for 28 years. Of the Dumfries Running Club members, Alan Baxter was the fastest in 61.25, and as an indication of the calibre of the field was only in 89th place. Kevin McQueen had a strong run in 62.32 in 104th place nine places and a minute ahead of Colin Holden with Kevin McCaig only 18 seconds adrift. Michael McKean underlined his growing potential in 64.42 in his first outing at the distance. Paul Hart, in his first club race for several years, was delighted with an excellent run in 66.14 as was Stuart Gillespie who did well in 67.30.

 

Club Chairman Sandy Shankland had a strong run in 68.50, a minute ahead of Franc Karpo and former club member Dave Chadderton, running now for Stockport won the first over 70 prize in 72.28, nine seconds ahead of Stephen Mohan who was himself 25 seconds in front of former club member Ian Brown, running for Stocksfield  striders in Northumberland. Sue Jeffrey had an excellent run in 76.17, thirty seconds in front of Anne Macfarlane who won first prize for over 55 females. Gemma Leadbetter continued her recent run of good form in 79.14.

 

Robert Gordon had another positive run in 80.32 as did James Brash who ran well in 88.25, three minutes in front of Fiona Jardine. Sean McGleenan enjoyed his run in 97.03, as did June in 100.42 and Beth Brown in her debut at the distance did very well in 102.05. Karen Littlejohn, however, caused some humour and consternation among her club mates. She was not feeling at her best and had to drop out after a few miles yet somehow managed to hitch a lift from an ambulance and get to the finish before many of the rest of the field.

 

After the prize giving, the tired but happy runners stopped for rehydration on the way home to celebrate a successful end to the racing season. Thanks were given to Houstons coaches who ferried the runners and supporters to and from the race.

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