Tuesday, October 04, 2005

DOON HILL RACE 2005

The Dunbar British Energy 10 mile race took place on a blustery Saturday morning last weekend.  Just less than 100 runners took part in this tough multi terrain event.  Athletes run from Hallhill Healthy Living Centre, out of the town to the top of Doon Hill then back to Hallhill via Wester Broomhouse and Eweford Farm.  Conditions, whilst dry, could not have been much harder with a strong Westerly breeze buffeting runners all the way to the top of the hill.  Trevor Collins from British Energy, who was himself the winner of the 1st British Energy Runner prize presented Portobello runner Benjamin Kemp, with the winners trophy.  Benjamin completed the course in a time of 56.00 minutes, second was his club mate Kenny Leitch in a time of 56.51.  Ian Sills, from the host club, managed to spoil a Portobello 1,2,3 by taking an impressive third place in a time of 57.29 minutes.  In the veterans category Peter Buchanan from Portobello was first, and fourth overall, in a time of 57.42, second was George Gilhooley of Livingston in 59.20.  The first super vet (over 50 years) was Steve Dempsey from Lothian in a time of 62.48.  Other Dunbar club runners taking part include Grant Noble finishing in 10th place in 62.20, Ian Rowland was 11th in 62.38, Ross Combe 22nd 66.29, Frank Weissgerber 39th 71.02 and, in his first run for the Club, Richard Taylor who finished in 54th place in a time of 74.10.  Kevin Smith also from Dunbar finished in 93rd place in 1:44:00. 

In the ladies race the winner was Megan Clark from HBT in a time of 63.35.  Second was Sarah Legge from Carnethie Harriers in 65.03.  Anne Hay from Dunbar Running Club was placed in a well deserved third in a time of 71.29.  Maggie Keegan was the first over 35 year old lady in a time of 68.27, second in this age group was Emer Scanlon, from Dunbar, in a time of 72.49 with Isobel Pollard taking first place in the over 40 year old age group in 73.19.  Other Dunbar ladies who competed were Clarissa Berry 73rd in 85.35, Sheila Morrison 78th in 89.24 and Sheila Kerr 82nd in 91.27.

Portobello running club took both the Men's and Ladies team prizes.

Race Director Stuart Hay thanked all the marshals, helpers, the Local Police and the staff at Hallhill for their help in organising the run and British Energy for their continued support and sponsorship.  Dunbar Club Runners are now looking forward to the Jedburgh Half Marathon at the end of October and the start of the cross-country season.