Thrills and spills in chal­lenge

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - HARDROCK CHALLENGE - Stephen Nor­ris

Hard rac­ing, spec­tac­u­lar spills and a new record – just some of the high­lights of the Dal­beat­tie Hardrock Chal­lenge at the week­end.

With spec­ta­tors cheer­ing on a big field of 220 along the 7stanes tracks and for­est trails, it was the Hardrock Hood­lums/Gala Har­ri­ers combo of Gary Flan­nighan and Bradley Cowan who took the team hon­ours.

The un­der-21 duo posted an im­pres­sive com­bined time of 2hrs 9 mins 38 secs over the bike and run legs to win the event, 96 sec­onds clear of the Cal­lum Dream Team of Cal­lum Waugh and Cal­lum McCub­bing.

First solo Ste­wartry ath­lete home was David Hous­ton in 2hrs 29 mins 01 secs, good enough for third solo place and 13th over­all.

David was closely fol­lowed by Kirkcud­bright’s Pe­ter Cor­son just 23 secs be­hind, fourth in the solo event and 14th over­all.

The solo win­ner was Jack Tay­lor in 2hrs 17 mins 21 secs – a su­perb com­bined time which earned him third place over­all.

First mixed team home was the Hill­bil­lies/Team Break­pad pair of Sofia Chris­tiansen and Euan McCon­nell who were 21st over­all.

The Bor­der Har­ri­ers team of Carolyn Mil­li­can and Re­becca Verry was the first all-women team in 66th spot while first solo woman home was Kim Spence in 83rd over­all.

Re­becca Bryson, of Dal­beat­tie Hairy Bik­ers, was first lo­cal woman and sec­ond fe­male over­all, just four min­utes be­hind Kim.

Thomas Corn­th­waite, of Black­burn, shat­tered the run record by more than a minute, charg­ing round the 10-mile course in 56 mins 46 secs.

Event founders Andy Web­ster and Stu­art Mcin­tosh were de­lighted that an­other Hardrock Chal­lenge – and the ju­nior chal­lenge the day be­fore – were so well sup­ported.

Stu­art said: “We had a very suc­cess­ful event once again. Num­bers were up for the sec­ond year in a row. We had more than 350 com­peti­tors in the team, solo and ju­nior com­pe­ti­tions over the two days.

“It was great to see so many spec­ta­tors too. There was a fan­tas­tic at­mos­phere for the whole thing.

“We set this up as an event for the com­mu­nity and cre­at­ing that friendly spirit is even more im­por­tant to us than mere num­bers.”

Andy added: “The weather on Satur­day for the juniors was fan­tas­tic and the rain only re­ally came on for the last hour on the Sun­day.

“Every­body seems to have been pleased with it and we have had some great com­ments on so­cial me­dia.

“We had ath­letes from the cen­tral belt, north­ern Eng­land, Cum­bria and, of course, Dum­fries and Gal­loway.

“Now we’re just look­ing for­ward to the 16th event next year.”

Tro­phies The win­ning ath­letes with day’s sil­ver­ware

Glad that’s over A cou­ple of com­peti­tors re­flect on their ef­forts

Oh, that hurts Feel­ing the strain

Crest of a wave Run­ner smiles

Find­ing a way Cy­clist picks their way through

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