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Dalbeattie Hardrock Challenge

06/10/2013

Now in its 10th year, the Dalbeattie Hardrock Challenge has matured into a real highlight of the sporting calendar and attracts runners and riders from all over eager to test themselves in a very tough event...

The initial part is a 10 mile run on forest trails combined with a highly technical 16 miles on the mountain bike with more than its fair share of difficult descents, tricky climbs and hazards. Just to add an extra degree of difficulty steady rain resulted in several people slipping and falling.

19 members of Dumfries Running Club took part in the running section with Craig Malcolmson, using his local knowledge of the trail up for the challenge of the mountain biking.

The fastest runner overall was Marcus Scotney in 58:42 with DRC club captain Alan Baxter just over a minute behind in second. Richard Beck, running as part of the “Slick Dick and the Hobbit” team was third in 60:11 with partner Craig Malcolmson completing the bike route in 79:10.

Graeme Cross ran well for 12th place in 65:18, two places and thirty seconds ahead of Alastair Stapleton with Kirstin Leslie having an outstanding run as first female in 68:59, ten seconds in front of local favourite Norman Neilson, with Ranjit Thomas less than 100 metres behind.

Simon Mortlock finished in 70:29 just in front of Sandy Shankland who had suffered a nasty fall en route. There was extra motivation for Sandy to finish, as in tandem with his friend David Niblock the pair won the prize as the oldest team in the event.

Steven Bonn had a good run in 76:18, thirty seconds in front of David Burns, with Scott Pitkeathly six seconds under the 8 minute mile mark. Sue Jeffrey ran strongly in 82:59 two places and 15 seconds ahead of Maureen Dickson and Alison Groat in 84:23 partnered by Alan McKean completed the whole event in 2 hours 52 minutes. Michelle McCrindle ran well in 89:24 as did Sandie Donald as part of the “Glitter and Mud” team in 92mins.

Report by Steve Mohan.

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