Captain’s Log

Thunder Run Boys

Gelston 2019

Captains Log nearly August 2019

The summer season is flying past us rapidly, and Harriers have been in regular action since our last log.

Our Mabie 10K was a great event having good weather, overall a good turnout and a great way to test the chip timing which ran smoothly and is all set for the Doonhamer 10K. There was also a great club turnout both for running and volunteering all around the course – thank you every one who took part in whatever capacity.

Caroline Moles has achieved a new PB on the West Highland Way and if 95 miles was not enough did a marathon along the Lairig Ghru the following week with Andy Beattie. The pair of them have just finished first mixed pair in the Montane Lakeland 50, suspect it was another PB for Caroline, and Gillian and Keith have similarly completed the Lakeland 50 as a pair – in what can only be described as truly awful wet weather.

The lads – Dougie Kerr, Marc Scott, Steve Carroll, Steve Head and Willie Martin also decided it was a good idea to have another go at the Conti Thunder Run in Derbyshire, a 24 hour team event following a technical 10K route around Catton Park. Weather conditions were apparently good except for about 45 minutes (whilst Steve H was on his first lap) and it simply turned the whole course into a mud bath for the rest of the event.

We had a good turnout for Haas Hill Race organised by ADAC’s Linda Cameron, a new adventure for some club members, and similarly for the Moffat 15K and last week for the Gelston 5 Miler in testing hot and sunny conditions. Respect for our Jog Scotland member Jacqui McLaren who also conquered this last challenge, whilst preparing for the Doonhamer 10K.

It is now about 4 weeks until the Doonhamer 10K and whilst we will be really pleased to see as many Harriers running in the event, we also need lots of marshals for the meandering course which does need quite a lot of pointing people in the right direction. Thanks are also reserved to Les Hill for undertaking the official measurement of the course and suggesting some minor tweaks to hopefully speed the course up and get all you runners a new PB. Please let race director Nicky know if you or family and friends can help out. Much work goes on behind the scenes to organise these events and what happens on the day speaks volumes for this organisation.

It is also only a week after that for the Club Championship at Carlisle Half Marathon / 10K so anyone needing a lovely hooped vest, short sleeve or long sleeve T shirt then let Carolyn know as we still have various sizes available for club members to purchase.

Hope you are all enjoying the summer holidays, try and keep a few runs going and catch you all on 25th August.

Captains Carolyn and Doug