HSPC was delighted to be part of the Lochness Baxters Marathon again last Sunday, with the Gerald Cooper /HSPC Cup prize for the first resident of the Highlands over the marathon line.
Gerald Coopers son Michael Cooper kindly presented the cup to David Gallie, Michael commented "The Baxters marathon is always a fantastic day, although I'm usually cheering by the roadside, as opposed to pounding the streets. It is heartening to see HSPC continuing to support Inverness' best sporting talent. Many congratulations to David on a cracking finishing time. I'm delighted to see him nominate a personal and local charity."
HSPC caught up with Gerald Cooper Cup winner David Gallie and asked the following questions:
1) Congratulations on winning the Gerald Cooper HSPC Memorial Cup, is this the first time you’ve run the Loch ness marathon?
A: Thanks! I’ve actually run it twice before.
2) Were you happy with your time? Was it a PB?
A: Yes, I was pleased with my time, and it was a personal best.
3) Have you run any other marathons? How does the Loch ness marathon compare?
A: I’ve also run the Glasgow marathon in 2000, Loch ness is more scenic!
4) Do you have a favourite type of music you listen to while running?
I don’t listen to music while I’m running.
5) If you had to run a marathon in what you’re wearing right now could you do it?
Yes, but slower!
6) What’s the hardest thing about completing a marathon?
The hardest part is doing all the training before hand.
7) Do you have any running heroes?
Joss Naylor (MBE - an English fell runner who has set a number of running records), and Billy Bland (long distance runner and prominent fell runner).
8) Finally which charity will you be donating the prize money to?
I’ll be donating the prize money to Highland Disability Swim team.