Local runners share success

Margaret Dodds and Zerena McGurn, centre, ran the race for charity
Margaret Dodds and Zerena McGurn, centre, ran the race for charity

Local Girvan runners have been sharing the success of late with personal bests in races local and in other places in the country with Troon 10k the start of the first of PB’s for Paul Ross and Kate Wilson.

Allan Houston was making his 10k debut at Troon and came in with an impressive 48:30 just two weeks since making his marathon debut at Fort William in the Lochaber marathon where he ran 4.35:11. Paul Ross taking over three minutes of his 10k time with a 44:54 time on what wasn’t the prettiest nights for racing and completing the hat-trick of good times for Girvan runners was Kate Wilson who took forty seconds off her time from last year’s race with a 56:57 time.

No rest for the runners as just three days later Allan and Paul were joined by Stephen Flanagan and made the trip to Kinross for the Loch Leven half marathon and again Paul PB’d at the distance recording a time of 1 hour 48 minutes with Allan carding 2 hours and 4 minutes again on a horrible day with a tougher wind from Wednesday’s night race at Troon to deal with. Stephen Flanagan showing he can still record decent times for any distance with a 1 hour 38 min time and like Alan just two weeks since Lochaber marathon where Stephen ran 3 hours and 39 minutes. With Culzean Trail race in between it was a tough schedule for the Girvan duo but that didn’t stop them as they headed over the country to the

Loch Leven half marathon. Race course was described as undulating. Miles 8,9 and into 10 with a head wind and with the runners setting off in a stiff cross wind in sunshine with nice scenery round the loch to begin with. The three runners all agreed it was a great race up to mile 8 to 10 as all three really felt their legs getting hammered.

The following day it was the turn of the Girvan ladies to bring back new best times for the 10k distance with the Women’s 10k race in Glasgow where again Kate Wilson took her second PB in five days recording 56:11 for the race that attracted over 4000 ladies. Local Asda ladies Margaret Dodds and Zerena McGurn who ran the race for charity aswel as the competitive side were just outside the hour mark with both ladies recording 1.00:24 on a cool and wet morning.

To round off the month five Girvan runners headed south to Kirkcudbright for the annual half marathon and all came away with more personal bests! First home for the team was Brian Wallace who ran 1 hour 31 minutes and was followed shortly by Stephen Flanagan and Angus MacTaggart in 1.35 and 1.36 respectively. John Rennie and John Goodenough were seconds apart with Rennie recording 1.44 and Goodenough 1.44:20.

With Stranraer half marathon being cancelled next weekend the Girvan runners can now turn their attention to the Girvan half marathon which is in July and date set aside for it is Sunday 14th. See Girvan AAC website for for information.