18 Mar

Million Races In Scotland

Hailu Million at Inverness half marathon finish

Sunday was a busy day for runners in Scotland with several prominent events taking place around the country. Thousands of competitors took part in Inverness half marathon, Alloa half marathon and Kilomathon Scotland.

There was a thrilling finish at Inverness with Hailu Million edging out pre-race favourite Joe Symonds in the half marathon by a mere second. Inverness-based Symonds, a member of the Hunters Bog Trotters club, led with 250m to go, but Million timed his final effort to perfection and edged into pole position over the final 100m on the Queen's Park stadium track.

The Ethiopian completed his first Scottish race in 1:06:21 and seemed pleased with his performance, saying: "It was a good race and I am very happy. I was confident I could win at the finish but I was up against some good runners and I had to work hard."

Another Ethiopian who would have been pleased with his performance was Yared Hagos who finished first at the 31st Alloa marathon in 1:06:02. Hagos of Wallsend Harriers appears to enjoy competing north of the border, having won the Inverness half marathon last year. Kilbarchan AC member, Hayley Haining, was fastest female, clocking a time of. Joining them were Labour politicians Gordon Banks and Craig Miller who were running to raise money for the Gate Food Bank in Alloa and the Drop-In Food Bank in Sauchie. Ochil and South Perthshire MP Gordon finished the race in 1:56:38, while Clackmannanshire and Dunblane Constituency Labour Party secretary, Craig, completed it in 1:57:07.

Instead of a half marathon, there was a half kilomathon (13.1 metres) in Edinburgh on Sunday. The fifth Kilomathon Scotland saw over 1000 runners take to the streets of the Scottish capital in wet conditions. The event also included a 6.5k and 2.62k race. Kenneth Heney was unable to defend his title in the 13.1k, finishing second in 48:04 with Bryan Mackie of Edinburgh AC completing the race nearly 3 minutes ahead of him in 45:05. Alison Reid was fastest female in 53:58, with the midpoint runner Tracey Halbert completing the course in 1:13:06.

For a full list of results, visit our race listings page.