Wednesday (17 May) saw the third running of the Antonine Trail Race 10K (ATRX), organised by Scottish race winning ultra runner James Stewart. The increasingly popular race saw 136 runners take on the challenging, hilly and scenic course along the ancient route of the Roman ruins of the Antonine Wall in Lanarkshire.
Volunteers, marshals and supporters throughout the course saw both the male and female course records fall. Hilary Robinson (Cani-Fit) retained her title in 47:44, beating the course record by 14 seconds, while Stephen Porteous (Garscube Harriers) shaved seven seconds from John Connolly's 2016 record to take the podium top step in 40:11.
Steven Prentice (North East Marathon Club) and Michael Healy (unattached) completed the men's podium in 41:02 and 41:07 respectively, with Elsie MacDonald of Garscube Harriers in second (49:04) and Rachel Hunt winning a tough battle to take third in (50:30).
Chris Upson (Cambuslang) took the spoils in the men’s V50 category with Linda Lucey (Falkirk Victoria) holding on to her FV50 title.
Stewart is proud that the course record is yet to dip below 40 minutes on the undulating route, commenting: "We are a community race, with a serious and smiling face and it was brilliant to see so many people enjoy this great event. We are blessed with terrific trails, fantastic friends and awesome athletes."
runABC's Alex Osborne finished 15th with a course PB of 44:35. He said afterwards: “A truly excellent race which, like the Scottish weather, offers up everything in an hour – trails, hills, roads, crazy cheering marshals and unique race 'medal' for every runner.”
The 2017 ATRX was supporting local charities Kilsyth Community Food Bank (kilsythcommunityfoodbank.com) and Play and Learning Support – (playandlearningsupport.co.uk). Lewis the Lion, PALS mascot was on hand to start the race and hand out the race prizes.
Full results are available on our race listings page.
Th full Antonine Trail Run (13.8 miles) will take place on Sunday 29 October. For more details go here.
Photo courtesy PALS