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Centennial Cup handicap race and other events

Good numbers show up to celebrate the club's first race 100 years ago this week

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Runners, seniors and juniors, walkers and supporters turned out in force to mark 100 years since the club's inaugural race.  The weather cooperated, holding off the drizzle until all the events were over. Scottish Harriers' first run took place from Cliff House on Milne Terrace in Island Bay on 24 April 1915. After photos were taken in front of the house, senior runners returned to the flat to run the three-mile sealed handicap event. Harry Burnard was the winner under handicap of the new Centennial Cup, 10 seconds ahead of Richard Sweetman and 34 secs ahead of Tony Wolken.

First over the distance was Chris McIlroy (15:37), pipping Stephen Day by 1 second, with the talented junior Harry Burnard as third male (15:45).  First woman was visitor Hannah Viner (17:16), with Ariana Harper second (18:56) and Lindsay Barwick third (19:26). 

The J-team had a sealed handicap over 2k. The girl's handicap winner was Nynke Day (an improvement of 1:30 on 2014), while Jesse Mexted won the boys' event (5:30 faster than last year). Fastest boy over the 2k was Felix Williamson and Nimh Fyfe was fastest girl.

First photo below shows some of those attending the centenary of the first Scottish Harriers race in 1915, outside the original starting venue. The second has our youngest and oldest member (Michael Browne) cutting the centennial cake. Finally, the 2015 winner of the Centennial Cup, Harry Burnard, with three of our most senior life members, David Lonsdale, Colin Maclachlan, and Club Patron Alan Stevens.  Ray Marten was the photographer.

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