Last weekend’s Loch Mess Marathon Running Festival saw Tomas Abyu claim his fourth title in the men’s marathon, while Jen Emsley set a new course record in the women’s race. But it wasn’t just the marathon which featured the action - the River Ness 10K and 5K were full of excitement too.
Andy Douglas (North Highland Harriers) won the 10K for the second time in three years when powering through the finishing line in 30min 10secs. The GB mountain running international always looked to be in control before making his decisive move just after the halfway point. He finished 36 seconds ahead of Scotland road running international Neil Renault (Edinburgh AC) while the 2013 winner, John Newsom (Inverness Harriers), had to settle for third position in 31:11, with the 2011 champion Kyle Greig (Forres Harriers) taking fourth spot in 31:26.
Douglas said: "I wanted to get a time around the 30 minute mark, so I'm happy enough with the result. It's a great way to end the season. I'll now take a short break then begin building up for the cross country campaign."
Jenny Bannerman came close to her personal best time when leading Inverness Harriers to a clean sweep of the top prizes in the women's division of the race. The North 10Km series champion recorded 35:52, which is just 15secs short of her quickest time recorded at the Scottish championships at Stirling recently.
Bannerman said: "I am happy with the win and my time, as that’s twice I've been under 36 mins now. I think my Stirling run was still in my legs because although I started off feeling fine, I was hanging on for dear life over the final four kilometres and the wheels were certainly coming off at eight kilometres.”
North of Scotland schools 1500m track champion Liam Barnsby (East Sutherland RC) held off a strong challenge from the Inverness Harriers duo of James Geddes and Cameron Young to win the Baxters River Ness 5K. Barnsby, 16, took top spot in 17min 19secs while Geddes,16, was runner-up in 17:26, one second ahead of his clubmate Cameron Young,16. Emily Andrew (Inverness Harriers),12, was the first girl in 21:06 while Joanne Graham was second in 22:10 and Claire McGarvey third in 22:29.
For a full list of results, go to the race listing page.
Image courtesy of Paul Campbell Photography