Local police officer Dianne Lauder took custody of the Edinburgh Half Marathon trophy on Sunday, writes Rhalou Allerhand.
The 36-year-old Teri pounded the city beat in one hour 24 minutes 50 seconds, and admitted her victory came as a complete surprise.
She told the Hawick News: “I was not expecting to win at all. I didn’t think I had the fitness for it. I knew it had been won with decent times before, so my aim was to just go and enjoy the day.”
Dianne paid tribute to the crowds, which she felt gave her a big boost on her way to victory. “As it’s an early race there’s not usually many people about, but there were lots of spectators out already cheering along the seafront, so that made a huge difference for me.”
Dianne made an early start for race day. She continued: “The race started at 8am so I had to leave Hawick at 5.30am, but luckily I often train before work, so I’m used to running early in the morning.”
The Edinburgh Marathon Festival has gained huge popularity since its inception. “The event really seems to be growing,” she said. “ I did the first half marathon three years ago and it’s just got bigger and bigger since then.”
“It was a real mixture of people, but I didn’t recognise anyone. The girl who came second was South African and the girl who was third was Irish, so people had come from all over the world to run in it.”
Dianne, who first started running when she joined the police eight years ago, added: “The highlight was the finishing line! That was the busiest part of it.
“I was happy just to finish, though, as I felt I was struggling a bit.”