Now that summer is drawing to a close, the focus of the club’s endurance runners switches to cross country with the district, regional and national relays in October now fast approaching. There are though still plenty of road running events most notably the Great Scottish Run at the end of September. Hopefully this year will see a good turnout of cross country runners across all age groups.
Listed below are a number of the notable endurance running performances from the last few weeks.
Lewis Priest finished 2nd on his marathon debut at Fort William on 29th July. With the route described at scenic and undulating (i.e. hilly) and much of it on forest trails his time of 3 hours 1 minute 10 was most impressive.
Rhian Dawes was first female in the Sandwich (Kent) 10k on 24th June in a time of 41.13 and on 19th August Donna Finlayson completed the Paisley 10k in 44.40
Gerry Craig placed 4th in the John Lucas Memorial Round Strathaven ultra-run completing the 50 mile course in 7 hours 10 minutes
Club athletes took part in various parkruns in the UK and abroad during the summer months. Sandy Gardner travelled the furthest (over 4,000 miles) to Florida for the Clermont Waterfront parkrun beating the 2,800 miles that Thomas Connolly and I travelled to run in the Volgograd parkrun, Russia.
Closer to home, Claire Thompson strung together a series of excellent performances finishing first female at Pollok (30th June and 7th July), Portobello (14th July) and Drumchapel (21st July). Becky Dumphy was 1st Female at Tollcross (28th July).
Andy Law was 2nd male at Ganavan Sands, Oban (4th August) and Robyn Connolly was 2nd female (18th August). Saul McGlennan was 3rd at Harrow (25th August). The fastest time posted was Paul Lennie who ran 18.49 at Victoria Park on 18th August and with Peter Jardine running 19.02 at Springburn on 14th July and myself running 19.03 at Springburn on 4th August we are hopeful that we can get a strong Vet 50 team competing this year.