The Harriers returned to the Balloch to Clydebank Half Marathon on Sunday, following the races year hiatus in 2017.

A healthy contingency of 8 runners braved the shockingly early start to board the 7:45am shuttle to the start line (really 6:45am when you consider the clock change!). In addition, Cat arrived just as the last bus was pulling away and was promptly reprimanded by the driver for her punctuality!

This race acted as our club Half Marathon championship this year, and a few intriguing battles were set to take shape. Following some storming training runs recently, Kenny had shifted his sights on to targeting James and Cat on his half marathon debut, whilst Andy and Craig looked set to compete for the top honour.

Upon arriving at Balloch and waiting out the lengthy toilet queue, it was time to line up and get going. The race begins just behind in a street across from the Loch Lomond Shores shops, before quickly looping onto the Clyde canal path towards Alexandria.

Craig and I both started quite far up and ran together for the first few miles until the crowd dispersed slightly, allowing Craig to kick on. Andy passed me shortly after this following a gradual start from the back of the pack. He was now beginning to pick up the pace and pass plenty of runners, however I will forever be commemorating this as the day I beat him over 5k (they all count).

As the race passed through the cycle path at the back of Dumbarton, I was on track for a 1:30 however beginning to feel tired. My splits began to creep up slowly from the half way point and the slight inclines towards Bowling really sapped it out of me. Accepting that it wasn’t going to be my day I was happy enough to just get over the line as we approached Clydebank. Managed to pick up slightly after passing Kenny at the turn for Singer and caught a few runners on the home straight to finish in 1:33:30.

Elsewhere, Andy had reeled Craig in at the 10 mile mark and promptly shot off into the distance. A superb run in 1:26:15 to clinch another Half Marathon Championship trophy. Craig was 2nd, running well in the last mile to duck in just under the 90 minute mark. Lochlann had a great run on his half marathon debut, running a very impressive 1:38 followed by James in 1:45

We then settled in to watch who out of Kenny or Cat would come in next. In a result that will live long in the memory however, Chris pulled an unbelievable run out of the bag running his fastest half in years to come in 6th Harrier. In a brilliantly paced run, he wore down his old nemesis Cat before passing and holding onto the lead in a great finish. Kenny followed in 1:52, running a 10k PB before remembering he had another 6 miles to go! Linda followed in 2:01to complete the results for the Harriers.

Some great results and a good day out for the team. Many thanks to all at Dumbarton AAC for their organisation and helpful marshalling. Congratulations to Andy and Cat who are this years club Half Marathon champions.

60th – Andy Sutherland – 1:26:15
79th – Craig Perrie – 1:29:46
106th – Scott Coulter – 1:33:30
146th – Lochlann Henderson – 1:38:50
198th – James Prior – 1:45:44
213th – Chris Hever – 1:48:19
216th – Cat Nisbet – 1:48:30
244th – Kenny Henderson – 1:52:13
292nd – Linda Sinclair – 2:01:17

375 finishers.

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