May 4 2012 by Lizzie Smith, Kilmarnock Standard
MORE than 100 runners rolled up for the Kilmarnock Harriers/Brownings the Bakers Hot Cross 10k run.
The race, now in its second year, follows a testing but scenic course through the town’s Dean Castle country park and Craufurdland Estate near Fenwick.
Previous champion Iain Connell had a task on his hands to retain his title as multiple race winner David Millar was in the field.
The Irvine AC athlete set off like a whippet at the gun and Iain gamely pursued. By halfway, there wasn’t too much of a gap between the pair.
At the end of the race, David smashed the course record with an outstanding time of 33.12. Iain also beat his time from 12 months ago for second place.
Harrier James Wales held off an Irvine posse with a storming last kilometre to cement third place, while in an excellent seventh spot was David McLeod.
In the ladies race, Troon’s Laura McGarrity smashed the 40-minute barrier to claim a comfortable victory.
Rosemary McMillan was the first Harrier in a very welcome return to racing for her.
Full Kilmarnock times were: 2 Iain Connell 34.05, 3 James Wales 36.23, 7 David McLeod 39.02, 11 Alasdair Murray 39.55, 14 Richard Skillen 40.24, 19 Mike Corson 42.27, 22 Gerry Dodds 43.14, 24 Kenny Wales 43.20, 33 Alex McGhee 46.23, 34 Alex Pettigrew 46.48, 35 Rosemary McMillan 46.53, 37 Stuart Murray 48.04, 49 Stephen Chard 50.38, 50 Eve McClurg 51.05, 52 Jacqueline Neil 51.25, 53 Aimie Rankin 52.57, 54 Walter Swanston 53.06, 55 Pamela Gray 53.49.
Well done to all, and thanks to Ian Gebbie and his army of helpers on the day, to Craufurdland Estate for opening its gates and allowing an already scenic run even more spectacular, and to Browning’s the Bakers for continuing to sponsor the event and supplying excellent goody bags to every finisher.
A few days later the monthly Kilmarnock Time Trial took place, and this was the first 5k of the year after a winter of 3ks at the Kay Park. The cycle path off the Western Road continues to be the venue of choice, and 14 athletes tested themselves to see where their fitness is at before the main road racing season takes off.
Cameron Wilson’s 16.02 course record still stands, although Iain Connell did come within touching distance. Mentions to the four girls who took part with Natalie Boyce and Pamela Gray gaining personal bests, while Kara Tait and Paula Wilson cemented their return from injury.
Times on the night were: Ian Connell 16.09, Scott Martin 17.41, Kara Tait 18.22, Stewart Ferguson 18.23, Richard Skillen 19.27, Alasdair Murray 19.49, Kenny Wales 20.31, George Laird 20.36, Gerry Dodds 20.59, Alex McGhee 21.07, Tommy Wyper 21.16, Natalie Boyce 21.49, Paula Wilson 21.56, Pamela Gray 25.29.
l THINGS are moving fast with plans for Kilmarnock Harriers 125th anniversary celebrations. With five months till the Gala Ball in the Park Hotel, more than 100 tickets are sold already.
Anyone wanting a ticket should see Paula Wilson, Eddie Tonner, Kenny Wales or Scott Martin as soon as possible.
Finally, in such a massive year for Kilmarnock Harriers – and local athletics in general – it’s all hands to the pump with the many tasks needed to keep the forward thinking club one step ahead. Volunteers are urgently needed to assist those already taking on all these growing roles.
Anyone available to help, even only for a couple of hours, within the club including parents of any of the large number of junior members, should see Lindsay McMahon, Mark Smith or anyone at the Harriers.
For more club news, visit www.kilmarnockharriers.com