Mud and glory for Harriers

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THE cross country season continued in earnest with Clydesdale Harriers completing the Scottish Athletics 4k Cross Country Championships at Bellahouston Park last weekend.

In near perfect conditions, men and women raced over the flat, albeit, muddy course.

Senior and junior women were off first and the fastest Harrier was Anne Murray who maintained her excellent form with a finish of 17m.35s.

Club-mate Marina McCallum (18.20), came close behind followed by Fiona McCue (18.35), and Yvonne Green (19.57).

The senior and junior men ran next with under-20s Peter Bowman running as the fastest Harrier with an enviable time of 14.17.

He was followed by Paul Carroll (15.35), Iain Robertson (16.26), Ryan Nelson (17.02), Hugh Laverty (17.09), Paul McKendry (17.38), and Watson Jones (19.57).

The previous weekend, four Harriers ran in the Allan Scally Road Relays at Baillieston. Paul Carroll went off first running the 4.8 mile course in 28.20, changing over to Michael Diver (28.12), Mark Barrow (33.02) and Colin Gray (37.50). The team finished 26th overall with a time of 2h.7m.24s.

Forthcoming races continue this Saturday with the journey south for the Brampton to Carlisle, 10 Mile Road Race — officially the oldest of its kind in the UK.

From there, the Harriers head to Glasgow for the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International and the SVHC Open Veterans Cross Country Race, both held next weekend (26th) at Bellahouston Park.

Also on the same day is the Dunbartonshire AAA Cross Country Race at Posties Park, Dumbarton.