Thursday, September 11, 2014
We had a big turnout at the Perth 10k, with 21 Harriers competing and setting some fine fast times. Harriers Championship leaders Will and Wattie were battling for Championship points, but both were pipped by Patrick, making a late surge in the second half of the season. The race was won by Ronald Gauld of Stonehaven Running Club in 34.02, with Patrick first Harrier home in 36.39, to win the M50 category, with Wattie not far behind finishing in 36.54, second in the M50 category. Will was third Harrier home and third in the M40 category in 37.27, having struggled over the last 3km with an injury. Charlie ran well after suffering an injury during the Ceres 8 road race last month and was fourth Harrier home in 37.51, to give Strathearn Harriers four runners in the top 15 - we're starting to make a habit of this!
The women’s race was won by Gillian Sangster of Dundee Road Runners in 38.33, and for the Harriers, Lorna was first Harrier home in 47.29. Ruth was next woman home in 49.18, taking a massive 8 minutes off her previous best time to finish sixth in the F50 category. This time last year, Ruth was hardly running at all, and her efforts to get herself in racing trim have been an inspiration to many in the club. Next Harrier home was Ali in 49.21, fifth in the F40 category, with Maddy next in 53.55.
For the women’s Championship leaders Wendy Taylor, Nicola Watson and Julia Greenlees, this race was treated as a gentle piece of training prior to the Clydestride ultra-marathon later in September, rounding off the race with a run back to Crieff from Perth.