3 Nov

A Wet Success for Queensberry Half

Queensberry Half Runners

It was a fantastic turn out for the second staging of the Wallace Hall Academy Queensberry half marathon at the weekend. Numbers had almost doubled from last year with a cross section of runners choosing to take part, including a couple who chose the race as their first half marathon.

As with last year, the weather didn't 'play ball' and it rained constantly, causing a fine mist to clouded the stunning views around the course. However, runners appeared to be unaware and their spirits were high, buoyed on by cheery encouragement from the marshals.

The half marathon course had some changes to last year, and these were met with approval from returning runners pleased that the route still posed a challenge.

The victor of the Queensberry Half Marathon was Casey Morgan from Shettleston Harriers with an impressive time of 78:44. Other notable local runners were Sandy Shankland from Dumfries in 8th, Malcolm Lyons from Gretna in 13th, Simon Mortlock from Dumfries in 14th and Damian Scott from Penpont in 15th place in the Half Marathon. Race committee member and Thornhill lady, Sally Coombs was 2nd lady home.

There were mixed reviews about the changes to the Drumlanrig Demon 10k course, with faster runners finding it more challenging and the others finding it a little less gruelling! The 10k event was won by David Parrish of Dumfries Running Club with a time of 37:36. Thornhill boy and Wallace Hall pupil, Chris Ponton, was second overall and took the Junior prize, Chris Wood, Graeme Cross and James Buchanan from Dumfries were 4th, 5th & 6th respectively. Former Wallace Hall pupil and committee member, Stephanie Lawrie was the first lady home.

The fun run was very well attended, more than trebling numbers from last year. The winner was Gavin Hogarth, second was Fraser White and third was Craig Jardine.

Wallace Hall Academy Head Teacher, Barry Graham, said: "This was our second go at running such an event and I was very pleased with the progress we have made in one year. The feedback from runners and supporters was excellent. This was a big triumph for the school and the community and I would like to thank everyone who helped to make it such a success. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the hard work of the race committee and thank them for their efforts over the last few crucial months."

You can check the results here and find out more about the event here.