14 Dec

A Single PB

Chris Upson in action

Unsurprisingly the two Scottish parkruns which went ahead last Saturday attracted small fields - 72 runners at Edinburgh and 37 in the field at Strathclyde Park. Andrew Douglas of Inverclyde AC (15:52) was first home in Edinburgh finishing almost 3 minutes in front of Harmeny AC's Ryan Riddell (18:31), with Jane Wright (22:44) first female in 22:44.

At Strathclyde, parkrun regular Chris Upson (Westerlands) was first in 18:07 with first-timer Ross Mackenzie (19:01) second, Ellie Homewood (Westerlands) was first female in 20:34.

There was only one PB on the day - Christian Bruce was 20th at Edinburgh in 22:16, while the appropriately named Ian Midwinter finished his first parkrun in 28.06.

Strathclyde park winner Chris Upson told scottishrunningguide.com: "The course was far tougher than expected. For the first kilometre the route was reasonably clear of ice, but at the head of the Loch the path was suddenly completely obscured by rock hard snow and ice, so Adidas racing flats were perhaps not the best choice.

"The field was thin so I was hopeful of finishing first, but I also wanted to clock a half decent time. However when I hit the ice I slammed onto the ground without warning, which knocked the wind out of me, and made me pretty cautious after that."

Chris is hoping to focus on the shorter sharper races like the parkruns, the Nigel Barge, the Jack Crawford 10k and the Bellahouston 4k XC with a view towards being in the medal hunt at the Scottish Masters Cross Country at Kirkcaldy in February 2011.

For a fuller account of Saturday's Strathclyde parkrun go to Chris Upson's blog.