Some of the top names in Scottish running turned out for the 50th staging of the Tom Scott Memorial Race on Easter Sunday (April 8). Performances lived up to the commemorative occasion, with Tewoldcebrhan Mengisteab taking first place in a closely fought contest and in the process leading Shettleston Harriers to the team title.
Eritrean Mengisteab finished the 10 mile event in 49:55, with Scottish international Ross Houston of Central AC not far behind in 50:08. Inverclyde AC's Andrew Douglas took third place in 50:17. Despite his impressive performance, Mengisteab's time didn't challenge the course record, set in 2008 by fellow Eritrean Tsegezab Woldemicheal with 48:45.
With three finishers in the top six positions, Shettleston prevailed in the team race with 12 points, Ron Hill Cambuslang came in second with 21, and Bellahouston Road Runners were third (41).
In the women's field, Gemma Rankin of Kilbrachan AC won for the second consecutive year, finishing in 57:45. Jennifer MacLean (Edinburgh AC) took second place with 58:54, whilst Fiona Matheson completed the top trio in 59:43.
The midpoint runner was Mark Dalgarno who ran a relatively fast 1:11:33 reflecting the fact that the Tom Scott is a popular event with club runners; the race completed on 2:02:22.
As part of the commemorative celebrations, presentations were made to the winner of the first race, Andy Brown, and to two officials who have officiated at all 50 races, Molly Wilmoth and Anna Poulton. There was also good news for the top two Scottish finishers at the race, who will be offered the opportunity to take part in the International Half Marathon in Lillebealt, Denmark, on Saturday, May 5.
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