Congratulations to all who took part in this year's Glen Clova Hotel Half Marathon, held on Saturday, November 14. It was a miserable start to the day with persistent rain making conditions wet underfoot, in particular in the last five miles. Miss Bachelor kept with tradition and got the race off at 12 noon sharp much to the delight of the 252 runners waiting in the rain. Thankfully it was mild and the easterly wind helped competitors especially near the race finish.
Saturday's race enjoyed one of the closest finishes in years, with Fife's Stephen Reid, running his first half marathon, in a time of 78:45. Thirty year old Reid was 11 seconds clear of runner-up Roger Van Gompal of Dundee Hawkhill. This was the Dundee athlete's third half marathon of the season and his best time to date. Third prize went to local runner, sub three hour marathon racer, Brian Bonnyman (Forfar RR) in a time of 79:20. First male super vet was Fife's Jeremy Tomlinson, who placed fourth overall, in 80:10 and first male vet was Steven Crawford of Kinross RR, who placed ninth overall, in 84:03.
Male Team Results:
1st: Fife AC (Reid 78:25, Tomlinson 80:10, Kay 82:03)
2nd: Arbroath Footers ( Campbell 80:57, Edgerton 86:44, Gray 89:35)
3rd: Fife AC 'B' (Scott 53:52, Brown 91:15, Liddle 92:09)
4th: Dundee HH (Van Gompel 78:56, Forte 92:54, Smith 92:55)
Experience told in the women's race where Arbroath Footer Marion Wood was first woman home, and first super vet, in 86:10. Running in her fifth half marathon of the year the 51yr old finished well clear of Carnegie Harriers Pauline Walker (FSV) and Gail Murdoch (FV) in 93:02 and 95:48 respectively. Jane Chalmers (FSV) of Gala Harriers claimed fourth in 96:06. The first local woman was, relative youngster, Tracey Morgan (Forfar RR) in 96:64.
Women's Team Results:
1st: Arbroath Footers (Wood 86:10, Rainey 97:25, Sangster 102:02)
2nd Fife AC (Brown 96:49, Provan 98:27, Sangster 102:02)
3rd Forfar RR (Morgan 96:54, Pass 101:15, Penman 102:52)
4th Carnegie Harriers (Walker 93:02, Murdoch, 95:48, Rennie 115:56)
The race was closed by female super vet Susan Sturrier who placed 250th in a time of 157:49.
Speaking to www.scottishrunningguide.com Brechin's Steven Grieve, who finished in 160th place with a time of 115:22, said:
"This is my favourite race of the year, I've run it four times and I'd be sadder if one of my four race mugs got broke than if I lost one of my two London Marathon medals. The race is superb value for only a tenner. The organisation is brilliant, the stovies are lovely and drizzly Angus in November is still gobsmackingly beautiful. After a summer of not much running, I had no target other than to complete the race. I achieved a PB of 98mins here two years ago but thought that 118mina was more likely this time. After about three miles I got chatting with Lyndsay Mearns of Perth Road Runners, who grew up in the glen. She was running on her own and determined to beat 115mins. So from that point on, helping her to achieve that time was my goal. We ran every step together and squeezed every second we could manage but the conditions were against us and she finished just short of her target in 115:22. I hadn't ran at all in October, and hadn't run ten miles since London in April, so I was well chuffed to still feel strong at the end. I go up to the Glen Esk Highland Games every year now. It's free and pure and unsullied by commercialism. In 2009 that's rare. I view the Glen Clova Half in the same way. The three bar fires hanging off of the ceiling in the changing hall give you an indication of the type of event it is. I run with good people, in a race organised brilliantly every year, even in the foulest of weather, by volunteers. I get wet, eat stovies with one pint of Guinness and then drive home to Brechin feeling everything is good in the world!"
Next Year's Race
The 2010 Glen Clova Hotel Half Marathon will be held on Saturday, November 13. The race is always sold out. Organisers had to turn down 120 applications this year. If you want to participate in next year's event then please register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and you will receive forms as soon as they come out. 2010 may see some changes in the way entries are processed so please register early.