Strathearn Harriers - New Year's Day Run 2014

Stirling Marathon

Monday, May 22, 2017

Sunday May 20 was one of the most eagerly and nervously awaited days in recent years for Strathearn Harriers, with no fewer than 15 club members taking part in the inaugural Stirling Marathon. Runners included hardened marathon veterans like Roger Goddard, Will Manners, Wendy Taylor and club Ladies captain Nicola Watson, and marathon debutants like Lauren Fairweather, Richard Collingwood and Sonja McFadden.

The race, newly established by the Great Run organisation as one of a nationwide series of events, saw more than 4000 runners from all over Scotland and beyond, take a route from Blair Drumond to Stirling, with fine opportunities for friends and family to support over three laps of Stirling at the end of the race. The verdict on the laps was mixed - it seemed to be good for spectators, but many runners found it hard to deal with.

The race was won by Scottish international athlete Andrew Lemoncello in a time of 2.25.01. The women's race was won by Lesley Pirie in 2.47.36 in a time of Other notable appearances came from Zola Budd and Scottish running legend Liz McColgan.

 For the Harriers, Roger Goddard led the way with a very fine time of 2.54.57. Will Manners achieved his goal of a sub-3 hour race, finishing in 2.59.18. Andrew Aitken was next with a time of 3.30.14, with Wendy Taylor finishing in a very good 3.35.07 as first Harrier woman.

Second Harrier woman, running the marathon just two weeks after completing the Glen Lyon ultra, was Nicola Watson, in 3.56.56, just less than a minute ahead of Cathy Tilbrook, in 3.57.50. Cathy's run came the day after she achieved a 6th place ranking in the Scottish Orienteering Championships at Gullane, earning her the right to a well-deserved rest. Nicola and Cathy both attained a Good for Age qualifying time for the 2018 London marathon.

Lauren Fairweather saw her time agonisingly recorded officially as 4.00.01, although her own watch recorded a time of 3.59.58. A glitch with the technology on the Great Run app gave friends and supporters of Janine Grant, with her finish going unrecorded and her time stretching into 7 hours. Fortunately, the technology finally came good to give her a fine time of 4.32.51.

Wendy Taylor's sister Susan Saunders was running her second marathon in the space of five weeks, raising money for the daughter of a friend with communication needs. To date, Susan has raised £1320. Also running to raise money for a deserving cause was Andrew Brown, running for Strathcarron Hospice, and raising a terrific total of £1540.

Full Harriers results are:

 

Time

Achievement Award

Roger Goddard

2.57.47

Silver

Will Manners

2.59.18

Silver

Andrew Aitken

3.30.14

Club

Wendy Taylor

3.35.07

Gold

Richard Collingwood

3.55.12

 

Nicola Watson

3.56.56

Silver

Cathy Tilbrook

3.57.50

Silver

Lauren Fairweather

4.00.01

Bronze

Sonja McFadden

4.04.11

Bronze

Janine Grant

4.32.51

Club

Susan Sharp

4.35.19

Bronze

Dawn Gleeson

4.36.28

Bronze

Dave Griffiths

4.42.04

 

Susan Saunders

4.42.17

Club

Andrew Brown

5.15.53