Another busy weekend saw Harriers competing in far flung locations like New Jersey, USA and Tiree, as well as places closer to home.

The biggest event of the weekend, in more ways than one, was the Highland Fling ultra-marathon from Milngavie to Tyndrum.

This 53-mile epic takes in over half of the West Highland Way long-distance path and is now one of the major events in the UK ultra running calendar.

The race was won by Donnie Campbell in the scarcely believable time of 6.51.06, setting a new course record, with a new women’s record also being set by Beth Pascall of Raidlight UK in a time of 7.52.55. Iain Thomson was first Harrier home in a time of 11.56.33, with Julia Greenlees and Nicola Watson running together for the entire race to finish in 12.54.30. Former club captain Phil Tipping also started the race but had to withdraw at the 27 mile mark at Rowardennan with a calf injury, and is now focussing his efforts on the Strathearn Marathon at the start of June.

The other local event was the Stuc a’Chroin 5000 race. This is a demanding hill race starting in Strathyre with 5000 feet of ascent and descent as the route climbs out of Strathyre and crosses into Glen Ample and up the south-west ridge of Stuc a’Chroin and then back again into Strathyre. Conditions on the day were challenging, with snow and sub-zero temperatures at the top of Stuc a’Chroin. The race was won by Finlay Wild (Lochaber AC) in 2:25:24. Will Manners was the lone Harriers representative, finishing in a very good 10th position overall, and 2nd MV50, in a time of 2.44.48.

Further afield, Andy Aitken took himself all the way to Tiree for the first of a planned series of trips to the Hebridean islands for a series of half-marathons. Andy completed the race in 1.36.49, to finish in 20th position. And even further afield, Dawn Gleeson ran the New Jersey marathon, completing the race in 4.56.19.

Not all Harriers race such extreme distances, and the club is open to runners of all abilities. If you want to find out more about the club, visit the club website at strathearnharriers.org.uk.