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Dalbeattie 10K and Half Marathon

16/06/2013

Now in their second year, these two races held on Fathers Day, June 16th, are developing into welcome additions to the local running circuit...

Each race had hilly routes that provided a tough challenge for the participants, but the warmth of the local support encouraged tired runners on their final run in to the finishes at Dalbeattie High School.

Starting at 10am, the 10k had 13 DRC members in the hundred strong field with 8 taking part in the half marathon at midday. The 10k was won Mickey Breen of Corstorphine in 34:50. Graeme Cross was very pleased to be second in 37:53, finishing two places and a minute in front of Terry McCloskey.

Sandy Shankland was delighted to cross the line in 8th place in 42:37 and Peter McGill kept up his recent good form in 44:57. Welcome returnee David Burns, in his first race for many months due to injury, was pleased to finish in 46:51. In his debut club run Calum Walker underlined his potential in 47:26, finishing 15 seconds in front of David Breen, with Tom McCaulay only a few strides adrift in 47:47. In her first race for DRC, Nuria Blazquez finished as 3rd Lady in 49:38. Sue Jeffrey had a strong run in 50:40 and Jo Needham found the warming conditions to be a real challenge but crossed the line in 56:14, eleven seconds in front of John Jarvie, with Fiona Jardine in 56:55.

By midday the warmer temperatures made for pleasant spectating conditions but added some difficulty to a challenging route for those doing the half marathon, however the support and encouragement of several DRC members at strategic points on the course helped. Winner of the race was Bob Hodgson of Carlisle Tri Club in 77:52. First home for DRC was Lisa Finlay who retained the womens title in 85:14, which was 4 minutes faster than last year. Norman Neilson ran a strong race in 91:39 with Ranjit Thomas, who was a bit down on his best, in 94:57. Stephen Mohan had a good run in 96:21 and finished three minutes in front of John Green. Warming up for longer races in the autumn, Karen Reed had a good run in 116:15 and Jim Grierson found the hills to be very tough in 121:33. Paula Craven ran much of the way with Karen and was pleased to finish in 124:47.

After his heroics in the Comrades Marathon in South Africa last month, Craig Malcolmson was delighted to get a chance of an easier run with his friend and training partner Sebastian Pflanz as the two of them ran round as back markers making sure that the rest of the field were home safely.    

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