Helensburgh 10k

The second week in May can only mean one thing - the Polaroid 10k Series is back again as runners tackle four races in four consecutive weeks. Kicking off at the Helensburgh 10k, Colin Thomas led home the 30+ strong Bella contingent by finishing in third place overall - the highest placing in the series by a Harrier since 2010.

Taking in a modified route from previous years, the race was struck by warm weather that saw the chance of PBs evaporate quicker than the sweat off a runner's forehead. The weather and the course were the same for all runners, of course, and the band of Harriers acquitted themselves well with an excellent nine runners in the top forty-one positions.

Crispin Walsh finished high up the field in fifth place ahead of next week's Brathay Windermere Marathon while Darren McQuade and Stuart Miller battled from the gun to the tape, Darren edging it by 10s. The combined efforts of the top three was enough to secure the men's team prize.

There were further battles down the field as Ian Taggart and Donald Kennedy were separated by six seconds, Brian MacFarlane and Rhona Martin by eight seconds, and Rebecca Simister and Lisa Gilmore crossing the line at the same time.

Next Thursday sees a trip to Clydebank for race two of the series and runners will hope for cooler weather as they aim for a spring PB.

Full results can be found here.

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