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Kirkcudbright Half Marathon and 10k

02/06/2019

The past few years have seen hot sunny conditions for the Kirkcudbright Half Marathon but this year, the 36th edition held last saturday, had slightly cooler and drizzly conditions, more favourable for the runners. 10 Dumfries Running Club members joined the field of 120 over the half marathon distance with 9 completing the 10k run, with several club members offering on course support and encouragement

The course is a new one which avoids runners going along the high street of Kirkcudbright to the finish and reverses large sections familiar to previous entrants but still makes sure runners have to negotiate the sharp steep climb at Twynholm. Whilst undoubtedly a picturesque route, it still is a real challenging course. Unfortunately defending female champion Lisa Finlay was forced to drop out after only a mile but stayed around to support and encourage her team mates. The fastest club runner was Alan Baxter who was third overall in 84.50, seventy seconds in front of Kevin Conchar and Simon Mortlock was delighted to be one second under the ninety minute mark and this trio retained the mens team title for another year.

Debut club runner Fiona Robertson had an excellent run in 97.20 and Stephen Mohan had a reasonable run in 100mins four minutes in front of a good run from Mark Hall. Laura Broatch, in training for next month’s West Highland Way ultra-run, improved her personal best by over three minutes in 115mins and was pushed all the way by Sheila Mohan. Both runners were part of the womens team along with Fiona who lost out to Troon Tortoises by the narrowest of margins.

In the 10k the fastest club performance came from Colin Holden in 6th place in 40.19 despite being directed off course twice and losing time as a result. Michael McKean was pleased with his run in 43.19 in 17th place. In a trio recovering from injury, Sandy Shankland was delighted to  finish in 44.26, thirty seconds in front of Mike Jardine with Les Hill a further minute behind. In his debut club race Robert Gordon ran very well in 51.25, three minutes in front of Skye Sarahs and in the first part of her double header, Fiona Jardine had a steady run in 57.33 and club evergreen Donald Anson thoroughly enjoyed his run in 70mins.

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