AS PART of its ongoing commitment to supporting local groups, Strathearn Harriers club President Gordon Morrison was delighted to present a cheque for £264.80 to Donna Mackintosh and Emma Sutherland, of the Muthill Pre-School Group.

Each year, Strathearn Harriers donate a proportion of the income from the Strathearn Marathon and the Crieff 10k to a local charity nominated and voted for by club members. This is in addition to the donation the club makes to research into gastro-intestinal cancers, with money raised from the annual Simon Wake Comrie Hills relay.

Now a regular fixture on the Scottish running calendar, the Loch Ness Marathon and 10k attract runners from all over Scotland and beyond. Four harriers were running this year, with Aaron Dawson setting a very good time of 3.08.41, to finish in 67th position in a field of nearly 2500. Next in was Andy Scott, in a time of 3.53.03. Much of Andy’s training is done on a treadmill onboard ship when he’s working offshore, so he was happy to running on solid ground for a change. Andy was running to raise money for Marie Curie, in memory of his mother Elizabeth Scott. To date, he has raised nearly £1500.

Next Harrier to finish was Julia Greenlees, in a time of 4.13.03, in preparation for the Glen Ogle 33 ultra marathon in November, with Colin Tipping completing the quartet in 5.14.29. Unfortunately, there is no MV70 category for Colin, but his continued participation in races is an inspiration to his clubmates. The men’s race was won by Mohammad Abu-Rezeq (Altrincham) in an excellent time of 2:20:52, with Jennifer Wetton of Central AC taking the women’s race in 2:47:03.

Contributions to Andy Scott’s fun-raising efforts can be made through his JustGiving page at justgiving.com/fundraising/Andy-Scott15 or via the Harriers for Charity page on the club website at strathearnharriers.org.uk.

Opting for a slightly less demanding race, Nicola Watson, Lauren Fairweather and Iain Thomson made the trip to Anstruther for the East Neuk 10k. Iain headed the harriers home in a time of 46.24, with Nicola Watson in 47.44 and Lauren Fairweather in 55.04, taking 10 minutes off her time from the same race last year.

Aaron Dawson and Iain Thomson played championship wildcards at Loch Ness and East Neuk. Aaron moves to within a couple of points of Ben Murphy for third place in the championship, while Iain consolidates his seventh position.

The next club championship races are the Meall nan Tarmachan hill race and the Neil McCover half marathon in October and the East District cross-country league races kick off in mid-October. If you are interested in running and would like to know more about the club, please visit the club website or come along to one of the club runs.