A determined 15 runners lined up at the start, on a sunny autumnal morning. The scenic course was in splendid condition, added to by an attractive race village.
2015 race winner Mark Bissell was first at the one hour stage, but only by a small margin and although Mark showed outstanding qualities, he was never in a position to relax his talent and overcame the opposition to retain his title. Offering an obvious threat was Scotland’s Grant McDonald who put in a tremendous late performance for runner up position.
Early bird Les Hill was right in the mix and although slowing after a period of foot problems, was rewarded by a substantial increase on 2015.
Over M65 Geoff Russell completed a special 6 hours stint, never wavering and increasing the distance for any over 65 in GBR.
Chris House, a Wigan postman returned an excellent debut, completing a fine round in 5th place. Gary and John of Red Rose Runners – a duo who represented the club well only to lose out by one lap in the team race to Dumfries Road Runners.
Jonathan, Francis, Adrian, Simon had their own private battles, covering the 6 hour distance, in true ultra-running style.
The women`s race saw Caroline McLaughlan put in a super show, creating a new women`s course record. Caroline was followed closely by an impressive Jane Lightfoot – one for the future. Scotland’s Margaret Gray qualified for the South Africa Comrades and anchored Dumfries to a deserved Team race win. Selina made up the female category with grace and consistency.
|3||68.398km||Hill, Leslie||Dumfries RC||GBR||M||M55|
|7||58.675km||Corcoran, Gary||Red Rose||GBR||M||M45|
|8||57.719km||Naylor, John||Red Rose||GBR||M||M35|
|12||48.606km||Gray, Margaret||Dumfries RC||GBR||F||F55|
|14||46.074km||Da Silva, Selina||Newton Abbot||GBR||F||F60|