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Scots Conquer America!
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 club’s 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 later.

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 place.

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 of 3:50:40.

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 club’s effort.

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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