The Alloa half marathon celebrated its 30th year on Sunday (March 18) with the event recording its highest number of entries. In bright and cool conditions, 1111 runners completed the commemoratory race, with Central AC's Robert Russell coming in first position with a time of 1:08:49. Russell prevailed in a closely fought contest with club-mate Lewis Millar, who finished just 6 seconds behind (1:08:55). Jethro Lennox of Shettleston Harriers took third place with a time of 1:09:03.
In the female competition, pre-race favourite Alyson Dixon lived up to expectations with a winning performance. The Chester-le-Street and District runner finished first in her field and ninth overall with a time of 1:13:32, more than 3 minutes ahead of second placed Gemma Rankine (1:16:54). Jennifer Maclean of Edinburgh AC completed the top trio in 1:17:51.
After her victory in Alloa, Dixon will continue her London marathon training with high-altitude work in Kenya. The London event will be the final race in which she can secure Olympic qualification and would join Paula Radcliffe and Mara Yamauchi if selected. Despite her strong performance, one of Dixon's closest competitors for the remaining Olympic slot, Freya Murray, recorded a quicker time of 72:32 at the New York half marathon, also run on Sunday.
Even though there was a technical glitch with the PA system, feedback from runners who completed the Alloa event suggests the 2012 race was a resounding success. Brain Morris, a teacher from Braes High School who featured in scottishrunningguide.com last week, commented: "Thanks for a brilliant race. Enjoyed my first half marathon. Will be back next year."
To find out where you finished at the Alloa half marathon, visit scottishrunningguide.com's result's section.