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Gelston 5 miles road race, Castle Douglas

23/07/2013

Dumfries Running Club certainly made it's presence known at Castle Douglas for the annual Gelston 5 miles road race with 8 runners in the top 10, including race winners Steven Smith and Jo Zakrzewski... 

As well as Steven and Jo (who also set a new female course record), the Club also filled the top spot in the majority of the age categories with Lisa Finlay, Graeme Cross and Maureen Dickson all victorious. The race was run in fairly good conditions with organisers Dougie Milligan and Bob Green even seeming to have arranged a gap in the rain showers for the duration of the event!

Results: Castle Douglas 5 Results

 

Steve Mohan reports as follows: 

Castle Douglas 5 mile race

 

As one of the most anticipated races of the year for Dumfries Running Club members, 43 club members took part in the 5 mile road race that was being run in connection with the Civic Week. In total, the club provided over 40% of the entire field taking part and as well as this at least 10 other club members were out on the course marshalling or supporting and in addition a good proportion of the finishing crowd were friends and family of DRC members which gave an added impetus to tired runners.

 

Expertly organised in a laid back style by Dougie Milligan and Sheena and Bob Green, the race starts at the caravan park and circumnavigates Carlingwark Loch with a run to Gelston and a return via Threave Gardens leading back to Castle Douglas with a finish at the park. The race was won in 28.05 by Steven Smith closely followed by male club captain Alan Baxter who was 2nd in 28.28. In an outstanding run, Jo Zakrzewski was 3rd overall in a new female course record of 28.44 with Richard Beck showing his potential in an excellent 28.59. Lisa Finlay secured a fabulous PB in 29.08 as did Graeme Cross in 29.27 who was delighted to finish almost a minute in front of friend and rival Adam Dickie with Willie Mason showing a return to form ten seconds behind in 30.30. In all 8 out of the top 10 places were claimed by DRC members.

 

Ranjit Thomas had a very swift run in 31.13 and he was over a minute in front of Sandy Shankland with Jeff Donnelly outlining his potential in 32.35. Dumfries half marathon organiser Danny Queen, 27th in 33.29, was eight seconds in front of a resurgent Les Hill with John Green having a very positive run a further eight seconds back. Doing things the hard way, Allan Manson cycled to and from the race and still had enough energy to clock a time of 34.26 and finished 21 seconds in front of local resident Kirstin Leslie.

 

Peter McGill had a strong run in 34.59 finishing six and seven seconds in front of Craig Malcolmson and Mark Johnston with Calum Walker outlining his potential in a PB in 35.18. On his return after injury Franc Karpo in 35.51 overtook a tiring Stephen Mohan and Mo Khan showed a sharp return to form after the Moffat race a fortnight ago in 36.25 which was less than 100 metres in front of Scott Pitheathley who narrowly held off Amy Beck in an excellent 36.52. Sue Jeffrey had yet another good run in 37.05 with Maureen Dickson close behind.

 

Alison Groat in 39.33 was a minute in front of Eleni Barbetsea who was delighted to finish despite a painful foot injury and Paula Craven showed a return to form in 41.08. Ramona Fermus thoroughly enjoyed her race in 41.32 as did Richard McDougal and womens club captain Margaret Gray who crossed the line together several strides behind with Jo Needham in close attendance. In her first race for several months Kerry Walker in 42.26 was over a minute in front of Val Coltart who was delighted with a PB over the distance. Donald Anson in 44.11 was a few strides in front of Paula McDonald with Fiona Jardine narrowly behind as was Helen Pedley in her first ever club race in 45.51.

 

Despite her nerves in her initial club race in training for the Dumfries half marathon in September, Charis Hannay did very well in 48.18 and she was sixty seconds in front of both club chairman Peter Hutchison and Margaret Laurie and Laura White showed guts and determination to make sure she completed her longest club race in 52.58.

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