237 competitors took on a new route in glorious sunshine at the 33rd Dumfries Half Marathon on Sunday (20 September). Starting and finishing in the grounds of Dumfries and Galloway College, the undulating course was said to be even tougher than in previous years.
Neil Renault (70:05) of Edinburgh AC and Joasia Zakrzewski (82:20) of Dumfries Running Club established clear margins in their respective fields of almost 6 and 7 minutes, winning the men’s and women’s races comfortably.
Participants had to climb up and over the hill away from the Nith back to the college. Participants enjoyed the glorious views across to Criffel in the September sunshine, as they made their way round the route.
The first Dumfries Running Club runner home was Alan Baxter in 81:23, leading Richard Beck and Kevin McQueen to retain the male team trophy for the host club. Jo Zakrzewski was joined by Sian Finlay and Amy Beck in taking the ladies' team trophy, with Sandy Shankland the leading MV55.
Sian Finlay, tweeted after the race: “Loved the Dumfries Half Marathon today, though new hilly course massively punished my lack of long runs!! Thanks to organisers. #goodcraic.”
For a full list of results, go to our race listings page.