The Strathearn Harriers club championship was decided on Sunday with the championship series concluding with the club 5km race on Lady Mary’s Walk, with Wattie Mackay and Cathy Tilbrook taking the final honours. Five of the six podium places were still up for grabs, with only Wattie Mackay certain of his place at the top of the men’s leaderboard after a long hard season of racing.

All the main contenders apart from Charlie Grimson were running for places, and although conditions underfoot were wet, racing conditions were much better than had been forecast earlier in the week.

At the head of the race, Wattie Mackay and Roger Goddard battled for the win, with Roger finally taking the honours to finish in 17.49, pipping Wattie by a two second margin. Duthac Mardon was flying the flag in fine style for the Juniors finishing 3rd in 18.47, with a decent margin over Colin Lamont finishing in 4th, in 19.12. Andy Gallagher, running to preserve his place in the top three, finished in 21.45.

First woman home was Wendy Taylor, battling for the women's championship, to finish in 21.29. 2nd woman, battling for 3rd place in the women's championship, was Maddy Watson, in 23.05. Cathy Tilbrook was next woman in, in a time of 23.37, with Rachel Gallagher and Nicola Watson finishing in 25.12 and 25.14.

In the men’s championship, Colin Lamont’s late push over recent weeks was enough to move him into second place behind Wattie Mackay, with Andy Gallagher taking third place.

In the women’s championship, Cathy Tilbrook took top spot ahead of Wendy Taylor, with Rachel Gallagher in third place completing a successful season for the Gallagher household.

Top three points totals were:

Wattie Mackay 97.58

Colin Lamont 77.45

Andy Gallagher 76.94

Cathy Tilbrook 80.76

Wendy Taylor 79.17

Rachel Gallagher 71.54

A club spokesman said “It’s been a great way to end the season with such an exciting finish to the women’s championship. We’re very grateful to everyone who has raced and helped with the championship. The club has a terrific set of volunteers who make all our events possible, and the club committee is very appreciative of everyone’s efforts.”

Although the championship series is finished for the year, racing continues with the East District cross-country series, with the next race taking place at Alloa.

New members are always welcome to join the club, and if you would like to find out more about the club’s activities, visit the club website at strathearnharriers.org.uk.