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Newman Wedding Day Gallop

by Pieman

On the morning of 3 July 2003, the Newmans squared off against the Wanderers in the Wedding Day 5k Gallop in Glasgow, and the Newmans won hands down.  The victorious Newmans included Giles, Jeremy, Christopher, and Simon.  The Wanderers were well represented by Bluemont Phlash (Alison Games), LoneStar (Susan Branson), and poorly represented by the unmistakable Pieman (too embarassed to furnish a name).  The field was rounded out by stellar performers Victoria Sams and Elizabeth Hughes.  

The 5k gallop started runners at the front of the Burrell Collection at the center of Pollack Country park in Glasgow, and sent them through the North Wood, by Shinty Field, and past Pollock House.  All of these had been duly marked out on the detailed course map handed out by race organizer Simon Newman, who spent the afternoon getting married to Marina Moskowitz.  Some runners could not figure out which way to go.  But the lost runners (Pieman!) made their (his) way back to the course just in time for the other runners to see him and get a good laugh. 

The race included several demanding climbs, fabulous roads, Highland cattle, cricket fields, and well-marked single-track trails.  Jeremy and Christopher Newman wisely started well before the plodding Wanderers to mark out the course.  Even though they walked, they finished well in front of the field.  Bluemont Phlash then pipped Pieman at the line to take the pack sprint.  Simon Newman, on that day known as The Groom, and Elizabeth Hughes finished immediately after, and were followed closely by Victoria Sams and LoneStar.  Times were irrelevant. 

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