In some of the most brutal weather the wild side of the West Highland Way showed its colours as gale force winds and heavy rain battered the competitors travelling from Milngavie at 1am on Saturday heading for Fort William that evening or into the early hours of Sunday morning.
With Rob Sinclair arriving 1st home in a new course record of 13 hours 41 mins very few followed that quickly as the weather deteriorated as darkness descended.
Lesley McKerral cut a determined figure as she glided through the checkpoints hoping to add another goblet in the family household with husband Calum already a successful finisher previously.
This was to be Lesley’s longest race by some distance but she duly arrived in Fort William to finish in an impressive 27 hours 23 mins and 24 secs for 100th overall of only 159 finishers (209 started).
Massive congratulations to Lesley and her support team for getting through a truly remarkable challenge.
Sadly John Kynaston had to withdraw at Balmaha with an ankle injury not allowing him to collect a 7th goblet. Best of luck in recovery John.
Kirsty Costello competing in Hammer on what was one of the windiest days this season broke her existing Scottish record (54.90m)With an opening throw 55.81m and then with her second throw achieved 55.92m.
Jemma Reekie continued her emergence as one of Britains stars of the future at the weekend. Jemma was competing in the under 20s British Championships at Bedford, which were also the trials for the European Athletics under 20s Championships and she competed a remarkable double, against Britain’s best, winning both the 1500m and 3000m events.
On Saturday Jemma won the 1500m in a close finish, time 4:18.38. Then on Sunday, Jemma won the 3000m breaking clear to win by 25 metres in 9:37.22, making it a memorable weekend.
Locally, Callum Hawkins won the Brian Goodwin 10K at Bellahouston, time 29.12, and it was a double for the Kilbarchan club with Elspeth Curran winning the Womens race, time 36.25..
The Mens 10K was also staged in Glasgow at the weekend and there were top performances by two of Kilbarchan’s more senior athletes, Robert McCulloch, who won the over 50s award in 36.21 and by Donald Petrie who was first in the over 55s category, time 37.36.
With the women’s 10k two weeks previous it was the turn of the men to pound the streets of Glasgow on a warm Sunday morning. The route took the runners from the Riverside Museum, over to Glasgow Green before returning to the finish in George Square.
Robert McCulloch showed his form once again to come home 1st M50 (15th overall) in a season’s best of 36:21.
Donald Petrie followed not far behind with a very impressive 37:36 to finish 31st (1st M55-59) in one of his final races as an M55.
Martin Begg finished 78th in 39:46 & Neil Maclean 1523rd in 57:59.
Callum Hawkins and Elspeth Curran both ran out dominant winners at the Brian Goodwin 10k in Pollok Park last night. Callum broke the course record in a chip time of 29:12, Luke Traynor (Giffnock North) was neck and neck with Callum at halfway but pulled away midway through and won comfortably.
Elspeth Curran ran 36:25 to take the win in the women’s race.
Tony Carroll was 91st in 39:07, Andy Cochran 237th in 46:25 with Brian Graham 346th in 53:04.
Well done everyone who ran in warm but nice conditions.