The second event of the Scottish Ultra Marathon Series (SUMS) took place this Saturday (March 31) with 97 competitors tackling the Glasgow to Edinburgh (G2E) race. Teviotdale runner Gareth Mayze continued his impressive start to the series by winning his second consecutive race, completing the 56 mile course in 6:48:36.
Starting in Ruchill Park, Glasgow, the route follows the Forth & Clyde and Union canals, taking in the Antonine Wall and Falkirk Wheel before leading runners into the heart of Edinburgh. The race started in perfect cool but bright conditions, though the Scottish weather stayed true to form - throwing the occasional shower and gust of wind at the competitors.
Grant Jeans set the early pace until injury forced him to retire at Linlithgow after a distance of 33.75 miles. A competitive field saw the first three runners complete the 55 mile course in under 7 hours, with second placed Marco Consani finishing in 06:52:46. Thomas Loehndorf (06:53:58) was hot on Consani's heels and managed to beat his own two previous fourth place finishes.
Sharon Law was the first female competitor to finish in 07:41:35, with Debbie Martin-Consani equalling her husband's performance by taking second place in 7:54:25, whilst Lorna Dewar claimed third spot 8:31:50. Despite the challenging distance and variable weather, 93 of the 97 competitors managed to finished the race.
For more information, visit the G2E website.