Despite the Men’s Health 10k being held in Glasgow, the East Kilbride Half Marathon and 10k road races were not adversely affected as over 1500 runners took to the dual carriageways, roundabouts and under paths of the Lanarkshire new town.
Both races started together, with the Half Marathon competitors running the route twice. Despite a dubious PA man and a bizarre false start, the races were well organised and well marshalled. Plenty of water was provided, in perfectly sized bottles, and most runners enjoyed the event.
Teweldeberha Mengisteab of Shettleston Harriers won the Half Marathon in a time of 1:05:49, followed by Cambuslang pair Martin Williams (1:07:09) and Alan Macpherson (1:08:27). Ayr’s Toni McIntosh won the woman’s race in 1:19:28, followed by Kilbarchan’s Lee Ann Hamilton (1:21:20) and Hamilton’s Claire McArthur(1:27:02).
Local runner, Stephen Mathews won the 10k race in a time of 33:32, with Shettleston’s Adam Lee claiming second spot in 35:43 and James Conner taking third prize in 37:16. The women’s race was won by Kate Williams in 39:31, followed by City of Glasgow/Victoria Park’s Jaqui Thomson in 40:29 and Rhona Simpson 41:57.
Red Star’s Colette Martin won the wheel chair race in a time of 42:31.