Captains Log 25th August 2019
The Dock Park and the River Nith were the perfect backdrop for the Doonhamer 10K today, a great late summer race with fantastic support from other local clubs, ADAC, Dumfries Running Club, D & G Tri Club and Newton Stewart Striders as well as Team Harriers. It cannot be often said that we might have asked for the temperature to be turned down a notch or two.
As part of the race organising squad, Doug and I, are both truly grateful to the rest of the squad – Nicky Wood Race Director, Willie Martin, Stephen Carroll and Jason Little for all the fantastic behind the scene work they have done to bring this event to fruition and for an early morning start today to get everything set up and cleared away afterwards. We had so many other members of the club and friends / family who volunteered to marshal, and did a great job keeping everyone safe and yet supporting them the whole way round, and also to everyone who provided us with a well stocked tray bake table for the finishers Finally a huge thanks to Bob & Berts and The Frothy Bike Company for the amazing support they have provided today.
August has seen quite a lot of off road activity, Captain Carolyn completed her goal for 2019 the 42 mile Devil O’ the Highlands Footrace with huge support from Team Wood, and there have also been runners at Philiphaugh Hill Race and Blackwood 10K, and before the month end next Saturday Andy Beattie will be representing us out at the Ultra Trail de Mont Blanc (UTMB) a mere 171 km (106 mile) circumnavigation of Mont Blanc through France, Italy, Switzerland and back to France. Have a fantastic race Andy.
Us mere mortals just take on the club championship next Sunday over the half marathon and 10K course in Carlisle, and we hope that everyone has a cracking race.
Over the summer Dumfries & Galloway Council have pulled out of their support for Jog Scotland, but with a number of qualified Jog Scotland leaders the Harriers are taking on the role in our own right and all Jog Scotland runners will become members of the Harriers, the new programme starts this Wednesday. So please give your support to these people starting out in their running journey, we had some great results from existing JS members in the Doonhamer 10K – Craig Fleming, Jacqui McLaren, Jane McLean, Wendy Jones and Wendy Gass – well done all of you.
Thanks again for everyone’s support of Team Harriers
Captains Carolyn and Doug