|Fraser Turner, left, and Cameron Burt hit
the 22 mile mark stride for stride.
Feats of magic were performed at the Philadelphia Marathon
by the Wanderers sister club the Hares and Hounds of
Glasgow University in Scotland. Two of the clubs runners
Fraser Turner and Cameron Burt finished 99th and 100th respectively
out of a field of 4,724 runners in the November 24th race.
Fraser was timed in 2:54:37, while Cameron finished 10 seconds
The Wanderers performed very credibly themselves in the Philadelphia
Marathon. Bob Alig in his inaugural marathon blistered the
course in 3:42:41. Chris Moore, also in his debut marathon
effort, began running on empty mid-way through the race but
still finished in four hours and one minute. Mr. Consistency
Scott Quitel turned in another strong 4:36 effort. Not to
be overlooked was Alison Games who ran the Rothman 8-k race,
which was held simultaneously, in 37:02 to finish in 309th
All of the Scots ended up completing the race in less than
four hours. After Fraser and Cameron, Drew Neill finished
his first marathon in 3:06:11. Patrick Matarazzo, a Boston
College student who attended Glasgow University last year,
was then timed in 3:24:07. Richard Dobson continued the parade
in 3:41:53, with Romey Fisch finishing in a dynamite time
|The Scots look ready for business at the Wanderers' Clubhouse prior to the race.
Meanwhile, down in the trenches, the Wanderers staffed a
water stop at the 18/22 mile mark with the New Freedom Striders.
The Wanderers were working with a master Bill McClelland who
has been running the water stop for more than 10 years for
the New Freedom Striders. Although he frowned on the Wanderers
doughnut consumption, Bill seemed to be impressed with the
Wanderer supporters must have thought they were suffering
from double vision when they saw Beth Hillman and her twin
sister Jean working both sides of the table at the water stop.
The water stop attracted an international cast of Wanderers
with Simon Newman flying in from Scotland for the affair as
well as Pieman Tom Humphrey motoring in from Cleveland and
Susan Branson from Dallas. Hares and Hounds member Tony McCue
was knocked out of marathon because of a flu earlier this
month, so he ended up working the water stop as well.
A special thanks for the marathon effort goes to Jan bin
Reuter and Darragh Muldoon and Jennifer Parker for providing
accommodations for the Glasgow runners.
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