National 5k Championships – Silverknowes, Edinburgh
The national 5k championship is held on the Esplanade at Silverknowes in Edinburgh each year. Despite the travel and it being the day before the Willie Jukes club race, 3 harriers headed through for the event. It is a fast and flat course if the wind behaves itself, which it sort of did on the night.
Harry McGill smashed his 5k PB with a storming run of 15.45. Shaun Lyon was not far behind at all, and also managed to dip under the 16 minute mark. Paul Monaghan made up the trio and was just under 17 minutes. The latter 2 dusted themselves down and put in strong showings at the club 5 miler the next day, with Shaun winning the race!
Results: Harry McGill 15.45, Shaun Lyon 15.52, Paul Monaghan 16.55
Mull of Knityre 10k and Half Marathon
The Mull of Kintyre running festival is a popular destination for spring holidays that take in a couple of local races. Malcolm McLean and Liz McAuslan ran in the 10k race. Whilst not being a PB route, it’s a lovely place to run in.
Robert Dolan tackled the half marathon and finished within the top 10. Whilst his eldest son Jude claimed the victory in the 14-15 age race.
10k: Malcolm McLean 46.10, Liz McAuslan 59.24
Half Marathon: Robert Dolan 89.01 (9th)
Edinburgh Marathon Festival
The Edinburgh marathon festival provides our runners with an easily accessible venue for a spring half or full marathon. The routes from Edinburgh city centre takes the runners out east towards Mussellbrough and beyond.Eileen Stevenson completed her 6th marathon in a great time of 4.40. Eileen was cheered on by her family, where husband John and eldest daughter Nicola both completed the half marathon before venturing back out to cheer Eileen home!
Oliver Reilly completed his second marathon in as many months and managed to dip under the 3 1/2 hour mark once again. Somehow, Oliver was also able to run the Chisholm Mile in close to 5 minutes a few days later! Madness.One draw back of the half marathon is the 8am starting time.
Robert Wilson was caught by this early wake up call this year, he started about half an hour late and started to catch the trailing pack of runners from 1 mile to the end. A lot of ducking, diving and weaving ensued before Robert still managed to break 90 minutes, but probably ran over 14 miles! A disaster of a day but probably a good story to tell in a few years…
Marathon: Oliver Reilly 3.25.13, Eileen Stevenson 4.40.53
Half Marathon: John Stevenson 1.25.54, Nicola Stevenson 1.48.48, Robert Wilson 1.27.20
Whangie Whizz Hill Race
Harriers continued to turn up in great number for the hill racing calendar. This one near Carbeth is touted as a great introduction to the hill racing scene!Andy McCall was first back for harriers just ahead of training pal Daniel Doherty. Mick done won the battle of the v60s against Danny McLaughlin as he continues his training for an iron man!
Great to see so many of our ladies out again, just like at Kaim the previous month. Great team photo too!
Results: Andrew McCall 34.58, Daniel Doherty 36.11, Mick Dunn 40.50, Danny McLaughlin 42.43, Stephen Reid 44.40, Nicola Stevenson 46.02, Cheryl Thomas 47.13, Eileen Stevenson 58.12, Angela Nelson 63.52, Sandra Devine 67.44, Elaine Medinelli 68.05
Ben Lomond Hill Race
The other notable hill race last month was the tough climb up Ben Lomond, the popular local munro. Andrew McCall was first back again in under 90 minutes, 2 minutes quicker than last year. Robert Wilson Jnr and Danny McLaughlin were not far behind. Helen Ridley had a great run too and found herself just outside the top 10 ladies.
Results: Andrew McCall 89.01, Robert Wilson Jnr 93.31, Danny McLaughlin 95.09, Helen Ridley 1.45.13
Kintyre Way Ultra
Paul Monaghan lined up for his first official ultra at the Kintyre Way. Paul runs ultra distances for fun in training, but this was his debut with a vest and number. The route takes runners from Tarbert to Campbell town, a 32 mile run through varying terrain.
Danny McLaughlin completed the Bishopbriggs sprint triathlon in just over 1 hour 17. Pretty good considering he forgot half his gear and had to borrow it before the start! He still looks to be going strong on the bike though in this picture. Well done Danny!
Land O’ Burns 10k
Viki Smith was very close to breaking her targeted 50 minute goal at this 10k in Ayr, but fell just 11 seconds shy. Plenty more opportunities as the 10k season gets into full swing!
Arisaig Running Festival
Lorna Coyle, Ross Neilson and Juliane Neilson all ran in the 10k at the Road to the Isles Running Festival in Mallaig. The route was quite tough with mixed terrain, hills and a few extra hundred metres at the end! Ross and Lorna both finished first in their age categories, with Ross coming 5th overall.
Results: Ross Neilson 45.05, Lorna Coyle 51.27, Juliane Neilson 73.21