The latest Scottish Athletics virtual event took place last weekend with different distances once again for each age group, as well as a half marathon option for those who were looking to test themselves over a longer distance.
The majority of the PH competitors chose to do just that with the half dozen who took part all placing top 5 in their respective age categories. Fastest of the six was Paul Kieran who was 1st M45 and 4th overall with a time of 1:15:47. Kristin Lownie was overall 1st female, timing at 1:21:34 despite a fall near the end of her run and Julie Menzies was 1st W45, completing her run in 1:28:22. These three and Martin Butcher, 3rd M40 in 1:26:22, all posted their runs, individually of course, at Rosyth Dockyard. Iain Taylor secured 3rd place in the M50 division with his run of 1:25 dead at the Pan Handle Loop while Mark McLean, also M50, was 5th. His run of 1:27:58 was an out and back between Windygates and Leven.
The under 17s had to run 5k and Andrew Thomson excelled once again, placing 5th with his run of 16:40. Aaron Bennet fell foul of the strict rules on start and finish points with his sub 18 run not counted because he finished at the opposite end of the Dockyard to where he had started. With both improving rapidly, it hopefully will not be long before they are able to have another attempt in a real race.
Lastly the seniors and masters were tasked with a run of 8k, just shy of 5 miles, and fastest of the four who attempted this was James Adam who finished 11th overall and 6th senior in 28:05, again at Rosyth Dockyard! Michael Lindsay also found his way there to complete his run in 33:22 and finished 5th M35. Ed Norton stayed close to home running a time of 34:41 at The Loop to win the M65 category and, also at The Loop, Scott Love ran 29:55, 8th M40.
There was also an inter-district element to the shorter events with the half marathon results not counted. Thomson’s performance helped the East District to 1st place in the under 17s while Adam and Love’s times contributed to 2nd place in the senior/40/45 banding. Norton was a counter in the 50+ band where East were also 2nd. West triumphed overall with East beating North into 3rd place.
Well done to all who took part and thanks once again to Scottish Athletics for keeping us competitive with these events. It was sad to see yet more events cancelled this week including the National Cross Country Championships.
Image of Paul Kieran by Steve Adam.