THE weekend saw another successful Simon Wake Comrie Hills Relay, organised by the Strathearn harriers.

It raised money for pancreatic cancer charities and is named after a keen Harrier who sadly passed away in 2008.

The race takes a demanding route from Comrie up Glen Lednock via various twists and turns, ascending Crappich Hill and Ben Chonzie befoe finishing at Laggan Park.

It covers 43km with 2110m of ascent, attracting teams from all over Scotland.

Strong winds, rain and poor visibility added an extra challenge on the day, but with a new-look team of youngsters, the Harriers took the honours in the men's race with 3.42.00 and the ladies made it a double with their win.

Aaron Dawson took leg one in 52.46, followed by club captain Andrew Aitken and leg two specialist Phil Mestecky making good use of local knowledge on the tricky Crappich Hill.

Ben Murphy had the stern task of the steady pull up Ben Chonzie and ran well with a time of 1.19.15.

Scottish U20 champion Sol Sweeney had some time to make up on HBT and Ochil Hill Runners but did so in some style, to finish the final leg in 41.54, just 6seconds shy of the record for the leg.

In the women’s race, Sonja McFadden set the tone with the fastest women’s leg one in a very good time of 59.02, handing over to Ruth Clark and Emily Greaves.

Local knowledge again played a part, with Ruth and Emily also setting a fastest leg time before sending Greta Dargie on her way up Ben Chonzie.

Greta made full use of her strength on the hills to record an excellent 1.22.33 to overhaul Carnethy and put the women’s team in first place. Greta also set a fastest leg time.

Maddy Watson took over the last leg and set yet another fastest leg time to bring the women’s team home in 4.20.20.

The local Harriers also took first in the Mixed vets event as well as second in the Mixed event.