Dale scorches to ti­tle in heat

Jonathan sees off chal­lengers for Beeches win

The Galloway News - - THE WEEKEND TICKET - Bob Ged­des

Around 80 run­ners set off at the same time as the half marathon for the 11k Beeches Run which also started and fin­ished in the academy grounds.

It was a tri­umph for Dum­fries RC ath­lete Jonathan Dale who was first in a time of 43.24 af­ter fight­ing off a strong chal­lenge from Ritchie Thom­son, of Penicuik Har­ri­ers, who was just 29 sec­onds be­hind with Hamil­ton Har­rier An­drew Bick­er­staff third in 44.43.

Just over a minute sep­a­rated the first three run­ners.

Jonathan, who won the award for the vet male sec­tion as well as the Beauty and Fit­ness Stu­dio Tro­phy for the over­all win­ner, ad­mit­ted: “It was very close and I’m just de­lighted to win. It’s a scenic run and it was nice to get the vic­tory but it was very warm and I was feel­ing the heat.”

It was a good run for Iain McMur­trie, of the Hardrock Hood­lums, who was fifth in a time of 45.52.

Sian Finlay, of Dum­fries Run­ning Club, took the Lyn­d­say Line Quaich for over­all fe­male win­ner with a time of 47.17. She also won the award for the vet fe­male and fin­ished eighth over­all.

Sian said: “It was a good race through some lovely coun­try­side. It was warm for ev­ery­one but it was a good race and I’m just de­lighted to win the ladies’ ti­tle.”

Gary Burns, of the Hardrock Hood­lums from Dal­beat­tie, was ninth over­all in a time of 47.36 and was sec­ond in the vet male sec­tion.

Lu­cas Ped­ley was 10th over­all and first in the un­der-18 sec­tion in a time of 49.01, while for­mer An­nan Ath­letic player Chris Jar­dine fin­ished in a time of 50.06.

Cool­ing off Girls douse them­selves with water

Top Beeches win­ner Jonathan Dale, cen­tre, with An­drew Bick­er­staff who was third on the left and Ritchie Thom­son

Beeches Thank good­ness Gor­don Kerr fin­ishes

A lit­tle help from my friends End of the fun run

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