9 Mar

Mengisteab Takes The High Road

MengisteabTeweldeberhan Mengisteab of Shettleston Harriers edged out Corstorphine AAC’s Michael Crawley in a thrilling battle over the final mile to win yesterday’s Inverness Half Marathon. There had been little to choose between the rivals throughout the contest although Crawley held a narrow lead going into the final mile. 

Mengisteab, an Eritrean-born athlete who has been living in Glasgow for the past six years, then powered ahead and went on to win the top prize in 1:06:48 with Crawley just seven seconds behind.
 
The result made up for the disappointment Mengisteab felt on his previous visit to the race, in 2012, when he finished second behind Ethiopian runner Yared Hagos. He said: “I am very pleased to win after being runner-up three years ago. The conditions were very hard today because I felt it to be cold and windy. I am pleased with the time. It was a good race with Michael. He ran very strongly so I had to be at my best to win.”
 
Shona McIntosh (Hunters Bog Trotters) emerged triumphant at the end of an exciting women’s race in which she recorded 1:16:45 to defeat Scottish marathon champion Jenn Wetton (Central AC) by 20 seconds to win the race for the second time in seven years. She said afterwards: “It was a good race. I got away from Jenn after about four miles but I never had much of a lead. She kept chasing me and I think that’s what spurred me on to a decent time. I was only a few seconds outside my best but I wouldn’t  even have been close to that if Jenn hadn’t been there. This is the fourth time I’ve won the race. I won it when I was a student back in 2008 so it’s good to do it again. I enjoyed it.”
 
For a full list of results, visit our race listing page
 
Image courtesy of Paul Campbell