STRATHEARN Harriers held their annual ceilidh and prizegiving at Morrison’s Academy on Saturday, with trophy presentations from Gordon Morrison and live music from DeVille.

Club champions Wattie Mackay and Cathy Tilbrook were presented with their trophies for consistent performances throughout the racing season.

Wattie was successfully defending his 2014 title, while Cathy’s win saw her repeat her championship win from 2009.

Cathy’s win was only confirmed with the last race of the championship series in a tightly-fought tussle with Wendy Taylor.

Wattie’s win was slightly more comfortable, having established a commanding lead in the first half of the series with a dominant set of race results.

The President’s Trophies, as voted for by the club membership, were awarded to Julia Greenlees and Andy Aitken in recognition of their overall contributions to the club.

Achievement awards were presented to 28 runners for their performances over 10k, half-marathon and marathon distances, with Wendy Taylor being the only runner to complete a clean sweep over all distances.

Certificates were also awarded to club members who completed the ‘Marcothon’.

This is an informal challenge which consists of runners completing a run every day in the month of December, and the 2015 Marcothon will be remembered as being particularly challenging and wet!

A full list of Achievement Award and Marcothon winners is available on the club website.

As with all club events, a small army of volunteers and helpers contributed to the success of the evening, but particular thanks are due to Susan Saunders in her role as Social Secretary for the club.

Susan is standing down form her post this year and will be a hard act to follow!

Earlier in the day, a small group of Harriers made their way north to Forres for the National Masters Cross-Country Championship.

Having taken 2nd place in the MV50 category at the Scottish National Cross Country Relays in October, hopes were high for a good set of results.

Sure enough, the V50 team of Will Manners, Wattie Mackay and Patrick O’Kane came home as 2nd placed team again, and now have the National Cross Country Championships in Falkirk to look forward to at the end of February.