Bridget takes the honours in the Fling

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ALNWICK Harrier Bridget Peberdy put in an excellent performance in the 53-mile Highland Fling on Saturday.

The event is a multi-terrain race along the West Highland Way from Milngavie to Tyndrum. Bridget ran superbly to complete the course in 11.47.19, finishing second in the female 50 category in the process (provisionally) and 195th of the 362 runners.

On the same day, three Harriers took part in the Hawkshead Trail Races in the Lake District. Morag Donoghue and Carol Davison took part in the 17.2km Trail Challenge on an undulating but picturesque course, which follows footpaths and bridleways and includes the mile-long, very steep Coffin Trail.

In preparation for next weekend’s Marathon of the North, they ran together finishing in 289th and 290th in 2.06.25 and 2.06.33. In the later Trail Race over the same course and distance, Mark Doctor finished 167th in 1.38.14.

Finally that day, Phil Lee was putting the finishing touches to his preparations for his marathon debut next weekend in the Newcastle Parkrun. Phil finished 110th of the 286 runners in 23.29. Charlotte Baston was 160th in 24.57.

The following day four hardy Harriers took part in the Cheviot Summit Fell Race, held in cold and windy conditions.

The race is 6.5 miles long, takes in 2,676 feet of ascent and is the ideal training race for the forthcoming Chevy Chase. The highlights were fourth place and first local for Bruce Crombie and third female for Jo Gascoigne-Owens in her debut fell race.

Results: 4-Bruce Crombie 58.18; 8-Geoff Campbell 1.00.4; 17-David Lowe 1.05.08; 28-Jo Gascoigne-Owens 1.12.27.25.

On Wednesday, April 28, Gay and Richard Eastoe took part in the Keswick ‘Round The Houses’ race, a 5.3mile evening race round the streets of the town. Running together, Gay finished 132nd in 50.32, with Richard one place further back in 50.33.