Fife AC runner Megan Crawford obliterated the women’s Loch Ness Marathon record on Sunday (27 September) with a time of 2:44:50. It was sweet revenge for Crawford who last year finished 15 seconds behind the previous record holder Jenn Wetton (Central AC).
Crawford Crushes Loch Ness Record
Crawford, who also pocketed the Scottish title for the second time in three years, was ecstatic with the result. She said: “I love this marathon. It’s definitely one of my favourites and I was actually having fun out there. One of my main motivations for doing it was to try to win the Scottish title again and I’ve done that so I’m very happy.”
In the men’s race, Tarus Elly, who returned from visiting family and friends in Kenya four days earlier, won for the second time in three years. Tarus, who has been living in Hyde for a number of years, was only a few seconds outside his best time when sprinting home in 2:25:19.
Four-time previous champion and title-holder Tomas Abyu, from Salford, had to settle for second position in 2:27:37, while Edinburgh-based Patryk Gierjatowicz (Hunters Bog Trotters) collected the Scottish national title for the third year in a row when finishing a further 10secs behind. Kenyan athlete Benjamin Bartonjo, who was expected to be a strong contender for the top prize, never appeared.
The 10K saw Neil Renault win comfortably in 30mins 33secs. The Edinburgh AC runner, who was runner-up in 2014, was chased home by Scottish 10,000m track champion Will Mackay (Aberdeen AAC) who was runner-up in 31:17 and top north of Scotland runner Kenny Wilson (Moray Road Runners) who finished third in a personal best time of 31:56.
Shona McIntosh maintained her love affair with Inverness races by winning the women’s title. It’s the second major success the Hunters Bog Trotters club member has enjoyed in the Highland capital this year following her victory in the Inverness Half Marathon in March.
For a full list of results, visit the runABC Scotland race listings page.