Apr 27 2012 by Lizzie Smith, Kilmarnock Standard
SIX Kilmarnock Harriers joined 35,000 runners from all over the world in Sunday’s Virgin London Marathon.
Seasoned marathoner Les McDerment was inside his own personal best pace at the halfway point.
With temperatures rising in the second half, the Darvel man finished just outside his course best time.
Wife Liz, in her first ‘London’ and second marathon, ran well in another fantastic time.
Brian Darroch gained yet another personal best for the 26.2 miles.
Full marks to David Loudon and Kate Todd for finishing well inside their four hour target – with former UK 100k champion Kate running the course for the first time in six years.
Completing the Killie six was Ian Goudie who can be pleased with his run.
Times were: Les McDerment 3:10:58, Brian Darroch 3:42:50, Liz McDerment 3:47:31, Kate Todd 3:51:15, David Loudon 3:58:07 and Ian Goudie 4:18:00.
lTHREE Harriers helped make up the field of 66 runners at the short but steep Kaim Hill Race.
David Mitchell, Roddy Pugh and Keith Haining made the trip to Fairlie for the annual event which is organised by Irvine Athletics Club.
Runners face mud, wet feet, leg scratching heather and sinking peaty bog in the race.
The route starts off with a short road section before heading uphill on a rocky track. After a quick dip crossing a burn, it’s onto the steepest section with a scramble up the heather covered hillside towards the cairn turning point and then a fast descent back down following the same route in reverse.
Keith finished fifth in 33mins 16secs scooping the Dr David Miller Trophy as the fastest Ayrshire runner.
This is the second year in a row the Killie Harriers have lifted the trophy, Keith following on from Colin Glencourse.
David finished 26th with a time of 38mins 06 secs and Roddy was 36th in 39mins 35sec.