Sunday, October 9, 2016
In the pre-penultimate (third last) race of the club championship, four Harriers made the trip to Killin for the Meall nan Tarmachan hill race, in the most glorious Scottish autumn conditions, with wall-to-wall sunshine, dry terrain underfoot, and a Munro to climb.
The route starts at a height of about 450m up the Lawers Road and climbs the SW ridge of Meall nan Tarmachan, with a brief jaunt along the ridge before hurtling down from Meall Garbh to finish along the quarry tracks.
The race was won by Sam Alexander of Westerlands CCC in a time of 51.33. Our own Aaron Dawson finished in an excellent 5th position, in a very fine time of 57.52. Andy Gallagher continued to show his strength on the hills with a fine 1.08.46, in 23rd position, and Mark Dillon finished in 1.21.43.
The women's race was won by Jennifer Gane in a time of 1.12.07. Rowan Dillon was the sole Harriers representative, finishing in a time of 1.42.20.
Aaron's excellent effort moves him into 3rd place in the men's championship, a little over 4 points behind Andy Gallagher. Mark continues his outstanding 100% effort, racing all the championship races, plus his two wildcard races, for 5th position.