Another busy weekend for Strathearn Harriers saw runners taking on the mighty challenge of the Highland Fling ultra marathon from Milngavie to Tyndrum on Saturday, and joining the world’s best at the London Marathon on Sunday.

Another busy weekend for Strathearn Harriers saw runners taking on the mighty challenge of the Highland Fling ultra marathon from Milngavie to Tyndrum on Saturday, and joining the world’s best at the London Marathon on Sunday.

Saturday started very early for runners and supporters, with a 6am start in Milngavie for Ruth Howie, Ruth Clark, Wendy Taylor, Susan Saunders, Julia Greenlees and Kirsty McKay.

Thanks to the wonders of chip timing technology, friends and family were able to follow their progress through the various checkpoints up the side of Loch Lomond and beyond, with supporters on the course at locations up and won the route.

Ruth Howie gave some of her supporters a bit of shock with a very fast time at the first checkpoint 13 miles into the race, with Ruth Clark not far behind. Wendy and Kirsty ran together and were in next, with Susan and Julia pacing themselves carefully in the early stages.

The order remained the same throughout, with Ruth Howie completing the event in a club record time of 11 hours 27 minutes 43 seconds. Ruth Clark was less than four minutes behind to finish in 11.31.12, with the two Ruths coming in fifth and sixth in their age category. Wendy and Kirsty finished together in 12.57.15, with Julia and Susan beating their target time to finish in 14.24.08.

In London, Roger Goddard smashed the club marathon record with a time of 2.46.36. The record has stood since the club was founded in 1984, and Roger now has the best half marathon and two of the three best marathon times for the club.

Andy Scott ran the London Marathon for PTSD Resolution, a charity which supports returning service personnel struggling with post-traumatic stress issues. Andy had a very successful run, beating his previous marathon best with a time of 3.47.28, and in doing so has raised a fantastic �2,000!

Contributions to Andy’s page can be made via the Harriers for charity section of the club website at strathearnharriers.org.uk