ALLOA was invaded on Sunday by hordes of Strathearn Harriers taking part in the Gartmorn 6 and Juniors Trail Races, organised by the Wee County Harriers.

This event is becoming a firm favourite with opportunities for adults and juniors to show their paces.

For the Seniors, the Gartmorn 6 was the second Championship race, with points at stake for the overall Club Championship.

Weather conditions for this race can be wild and windy, but Sunday’s race was positively warm, and in the good conditions, first Harrier home was Wattie Mackay in the very fast time of 36.01, 6th overall and first V50 runner.

Next home was Andy Gallagher in 48th position in a time of 42.31, with Wendy Taylor close behind in 50th place overall and 7th woman, in a time of 42.35.

Wendy was racing the day after a 20-mile training run in preparation for the London Marathon in April, and her performance on race day was a testament to her strength and commitment.

Maddy Watson was next woman home in 22nd position in the women’s race in a time of 46.58, with Nicola Watson next in 50.15.

Harriers Juniors outnumbered their senior counterparts, with 12 Juniors running. There were very strong performances from Duthac Mardon and David Alexander with top 10 finishes, and Elspeth Mardon and Beth Taylor 1st and 2nd in their age category.

After the first two championship races, Wattie Mackay is back at the top where he finished last season on 31.16 points, followed by Andy Gallagher on 26.03 points and Jim Alexander on 23.87 points.

Nicola Watson is in front for the women, on 25.86 points, followed by Lauren Fairweather on 20.53 points and Rowan Mestecky on 18.23 points.

Full Championship placings can be found on the Harriers website.

Also running on Sunday were a trio of Harriers at the Inverness half marathon.

Andy Aitken, in the first of what is going to be a fine collection of half marathons this year, was first Harrier home and finished in 1:39:46.

Colin Tipping and Fiona Lyle ran together and put in a very fine effort to finish in 2:16:51, with Colin beating his 2015 time by more than 3 minutes.