Scotland women 2-3-4: Hayley Haining, Lesley Pirie and Jenny Bannerman
There were two winners at Saturday’s Lillebealt Half Marathon in Denmark – the Scotland teams who took five top four places and the searing heat which rendered PBs a distant fantasy.
Commonwealth Games marathon runner Hayley Haining made a welcome return to international competition with the women’s runner up spot in 78:48 while her two team mates were making their international debuts.
Lesley Pirie took third place in the women’s contest in 81:50 while Jenny Bannerman was fourth, recording 88:39 in her first half marathon.
This gave the Scottish women 18th, 34th and 72nd places overall in an event which attracted over 11,000 entrants.
At the front of the field, Andrew Douglas and 2010 marathon contender in Delhi, Martin Wiliams, were in an early leading group of four.
Douglas was still in second place with three miles to go but in the end had to settle for third in 69:02. Williams finished fourth in 71: 28 in a race which saw five Scots on the prize podium.