Wayney Ghebresilassie stormed to victory at the first race of the new Babcock 10K Series in Helensburgh last Wednesday (3 May) with an impressive time of 30:55. The Shettleston Harrier finished over a minute ahead of closest rivals Iain Reid of Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers (32:13) and Daniel Johnson of Gateshead Harriers (32:18).
Defending champion and two-time winner Paul Sorrie led the proceedings early on, but perhaps more surprising was the presence of both Johnson and Reid.
London 2012 Olympic steeplechaser Ghebresilassie’s pace at the front was unrelenting on a warm but sometimes blustery evening, and he eventually secured a comfortable victory, showing little signs of a recent chest infection.
Reid held off a resilient Johnson for second and, despite his strong start, Sorrie had to settle for fifth. Stuart Scott of Helensburgh was the first local man, in 13th place, and picked up the award sponsored by his employers the Community Advertiser.
Jill Knowles (Scottish Prison Service) won the women’s race in 37:37, while Lindsey Currie (Dumbarton AAC) came second, triumphing in the V40 category. Clubmate Charlene Kelly completed the podium.
The series moves on to Dumbarton on Thursday (11 May) at 7.30pm. Entries are still open at Entry Central.