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Jim leads them home at Drumlanrig

10/11/2013

Drumlanrig showed itself in all its true autumnal splendour for the races on Sunday November 10th. The trees were glorious in various shades of russet and gold, and the ground was white with frost. A minute's silence was observed in honour of Remembrance Sunday, and then the runners set off...

The main race of the day for Dumfries Running Club members was the "Demon 10K" as it was the final race in the 2013 Grand Prix. Although billed as a trail race, those who had run it in previous years showed their knowledge of the course by choosing road shoes over trail ones. The speed of the start was tempered by ice on the ground, a cattle grid to avoid and a few sneaky speedbumps, but when the runners headed offroad after a kilometre, the ground felt safer underfoot. Runners had to negotiate 3 kilometres of rocky paths before finding themselves back on the estate roads.

DRC put on a fine show, with Jim Buchanan taking the win in a speedy time of 37:39, despite having to climb and descend 500 feet over the 6+miles of the race. He was chased home by Richard Beck, with Jo Zakrzewski (first lady) rounding off the top 3. Jim and Sian Finlay (3rd lady) took home the veteran prizes, with DRC also taking both male and female team accolades.

This gave Jim and Jo maximum GP points on the day, and although the overall results did not affect the final men's GP standings, Sian moved up to second place overall in the ladies' table.

Club results for the 10k are as follows:

1 Jim Buchanan 37:39

2 Richard Beck 37:51

3 Joasia Zakrzewski 38:11

6 Graeme Cross 40:46

9 Sandy Shankland 43:40

11 Daniel Queen 44:38

16 Steven Bonn 45:50

17 Craig Malcolmson 46:01

19 David Burns 47:12

20 Sian Finlay 47:38

23 Stephen Mohan 48:38

27 Theresa Lavery 50:15

32 Chris Wilson 52:06

33 Maureen Dickson 52:35

40 Mark Lancaster 56:36

41 Sarah Lancaster 56:48

47 Fiona Jardine 58:08

48 Karen Reed 58:45

50 Paula Craven 58:49

52 Satpal Burns 59:19

58 Christina Adamson 60.07

61 Kim Adamson 60:55

68 John Jarvie 62:41

75 Margaret Laurie 66:24

84 Susan Graham 81:29

The Half Marathon started 15 minutes before the 10k (so that the runners in both races could run together for a brief spell (4 miles into the Half/3miles into the 10K), and several club members opted for this race instead with Adam Dickie in 3rd place overall leading the DRC contingent home.

Club results for the Half marathon are as follows:

3 Adam Dickie 89:51

7 Norman Neilson 93:45

9 Ranjit Thomas 95:28

10 Les Hill 96:40

16 Peter Hill 109:10

Full results can be found on the race website www.whahalfmarathon.com

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