Emma Lawton became the youngest winner of Calderglen Harriers’ Christmas Handicap race as the running club pulled out all the stops for their annual fancy dress event.
A colourful line-up was on show last week as 18 Harriers turned out, with plenty of youngsters donning guises for the 1.2 kilometre kids race as well.
But it was 11-year-old Emma who stole the show as she claimed first place.
In almost perfect running conditions — depending on what costume you were wearing — runners of all shapes and sizes from fantasy, movie and cartoon worlds gave it everything over the four-mile course, all in the name of fun.
In the cartoon corner, Minnie Mouse, faced up to a Power Ranger, Oor Wullie and Fat Boab. The battle of the superheroes saw Super-Vegas-Man (and his dog) chasing Banana Woman, while Ming the Merciless was lived up to his name in setting the fastest time of the day (26:10).
Representing the world of wildlife, a bumblebee modelled the club colours whilst handicap of the day went to the reindeer towing a two-tonne sledge.
Emma Lawton won the handicap with the fourth-fastest time overall (26:51) to become the youngest ever winner of the Christmas handicap.
Harrier Frances Maxwell said: “Well done to all and a big thanks to all the supporters.
“A special thanks to Martin Duthie for the donations to charities of the choice of the first three runners: Emma Lawton, Russell Couper and Christina Emans.
“It was a great day, full of festive cheer and fun was had by all.”
The handicap finishing places were as follows: 1) Emma Lawton; 2) Russell Couper; 3) Christina Emans; 4) Alison Lessells; 5) Andy Henderson; 6) Frances Maxwell; 7) David Herbertson; 8) Jim Holmes; 9) Alastair Crawford; 10) Ian Rae; 11) George Stewart; Joint-12) Kenny Leinster and Billy Buchannan; 14) Julie Beveridge; 15) Hugh Simpson; 16) Richard Lawton; 17) Craig Stewart; 18) Stephen Phimister.