It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Strathearn Harriers, with club members taking part in four different marathons at home and abroad, 10k races in Glasgow and Fife, and the Glasgow half marathon.

First performances were at the Loch Ness marathon. This is now one of the highest profile marathons in Scotland, attracting a high quality field. First Harrier was Phil Tipping, in 3.32.07, with Andy Aitken fighting off illness to complete in 3.47.31. Beth Fotheringham, running her first marathon, completed in 4.51.46, while flying the flag for the more senior members of the club was Colin Tipping in 5.51.17, 4th on the MV70 category.

At the same time, Nigel Hetherington and Allan MacInnes were running the Berlin Marathon. Nigel finished in 3.57.37, while Allan completed in 4.26.49 and is now looking forwards to the Istanbul Marathon in November.

Meanwhile in Fife, three runners were taking on the friendly East Neuk 10k in Anstruther organised by Fife AC. Sandy Storey ran well to finish in 27th position in 39.33. Nicola Watson, proving that’s she’s back in full racing mode, was happy with her 49.59, and Lauren Fairweather followed in 65.32.

Next up were the runners at the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow, competing over 2.5k, 10k and half marathon distances. In the Junior 2.5k race, David and Ian Alexander ran well, with David finishing in 25th in a time of 9.46, with brother Ian in 13.51.

In the Glasgow 10k, Wattie Mackay was 1st MV50 in a new personal best time of 35.40. This moves him up to the top 10 in Scotland for 10k times this year. Maddy Watson came agonisingly close to the 47 minute target finishing in 47.01.

In the Glasgow half marathon, Nigel Hetherington was first Harrier home in 1.43.28, just a week after his Berlin marathon effort. Nicola Watson was the first woman Harrier home in 1.52.08, followed by Karen Westley in 2.02.54 and John Logan in 2.07.42. Colin Tipping, also running just a week after his marathon at Loch Ness, was 3rd MV70 in 2.11.00, with Lauren Fairweather completing in 2.12.48.

And at the other end of the country, Paul and Wendy Taylor ran the Jersey Marathon with Susan Saunders. All three are in training for the Glen Ogle 33 ultra marathon in November, and Paul and Wendy completed in 4.23.35, with Susan just a wee bit behind in 4.31.14. Paul and Wendy also enjoyed a chance encounter with Olympic Gold medallist and world record holder Jonathan Edwards at the airport on the way home!

Possibly the biggest challenge of the weekend was the second running of the Glencoe Marathon. This is a tough race, starting at the Red Squirrel campsite in Glencoe with a difficult ascent of the Devil’s Staircase over the north side of the glen, into Kinlochleven and then through the Mamores into Fort William, with nearly 1700m of ascent over the whole course. First Harrier home was the irrepressible Ruth Howie, back after a knee injury, to finish in 4.54, with Cathy Tilbrook fighting off cramp to finish in 5.14.

Beth Fotheringham and Cathy Tilbrook were both running to raise money for their chose charities. Beth was running for Macmillan Cancer Care, while Cathy was running for Pancreatic Cancer Research in memory of club member Simon Wake, who died of the disease in 2008. Donations to Beth and Cathy can be made through the links on the Harriers for Charity page on the club website.