Sunday, November 4, 2018
After the final championship race, Wattie Mackay and Lauren Fairweather are confirmed as men's and women's club champions for 2018.
For Wattie, this is his fifth straight year as champion, and has been marked by a consistently strong series of races, achieving numerous 1st MV50 prizes, and race times putting him in the top 100 for his age category in the UK at parkruns, 5 miles, and 10k distances, and whilst shying away from the longer distances, ran an impressive 65.02 at the Tom Scott 10 mile road race in April.
Lauren's journey has been different, but no less notable. Lauren ran more championship races than anyone else in the club in 2018, and has improved her performances at all distances, with pbs tumbling down to an excellent 3.30 for the Loch Ness Marathon and 1.39 at the Neil McCover half marathon.
Tony Wayte was runner-up in the men's championship, with solid performances, particularly at his favoured half-marathon distance. Andy Gallagher completed the podium, with a spirited fight-back after being overhauled by Ben Murphy in the closing stages of the championship.
Maddy Watson led the way for much of the women's championship until studies and university responsibilities got in the way of competition. Nevertheless, Maddy's performances in the first half of the year were some of the best we've seen from Harriers women in recent years.
Final championship standings are here.