THE Strathearn Harriers got June off to a flying start with a number of impressive performances across a variety of events.

In race number two of his island odyssey, Andy Aitken took himself to Benbecula for the scenic half marathon in bright sunshine and a stiff breeze. The breeze put paid to hopes of another personal best time, but Andy’s 1.34.32 was good enough for 14th position. Next stop on Andy’s island hopping is the slightly easier destination of Skye.

Meanwhile, in Glasgow, eight Harriers joined the throngs for the Great Women’s 10K. The First Harrier home was Maddy Watson in 45.29, in 55th position, followed by Sonja McFadden in 46.57, in 82nd position, with Nicola Watson in 48.15 (10th in her age category).

Lauren Fairweather finished in 53.06 with Susan Sharp, on her club debut, close behind in 55.40. The trio of Fiona Lyle, and Julia and Kate Greenlees completed in 1.01.37, with Fiona in the top 20 for her age category.

The weekend also saw the final running of the Highlander Mountain Marathon, a two-day event for pairs of runners, centred in Glen Cannich.

The event is a bit unusual for mountain marathons, featuring a bar and ceilidh at the overnight stop on Saturday.

In the 60km A Class, Will Manners and Andy Greaves finished day 1 in 23rd position, but improved their placing on day 2 to finish in 12.51.05, for 22nd overall and 6th vet team.

In the 50km B class, husband-and-wife team Doug Flint and Cathy Tilbrook finished 7th vets team and 22nd overall, just 1 place ahead of Emily Greaves and Rhian Evans.