Strathclyde parkrun experienced its highest ever turnout on Saturday (15 September) as running legend Ron Hill took part in the free, weekly 5k timed event at Strathclyde Park. Almost 300 runners turned up hoping to catch a glimpse of Dr Hill who was the first Briton to win the Boston marathon.
Ron, of Clayton-le-Moors Harriers, was in Scotland to speak at a seminar hosted by Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers, along with Bobby Quinn and Claire Gibson of Kilbarchan AC. Fittingly, it was Cambuslang Harrier, Charles Thomson, who finished first in 16:27. The midpoint runner was Maggie Henry of Kirkintilloch Olympians (24:59), with 73-year-old Ron finishing the course in a very respectable 25:11.
parkrun's Richard Leyton finished one second behind Ron and said: "Fantastic parkrun today! I even got to meet Ron Hill. Lovely chap. Couldn't quite get past him in the last km, not sure I wanted to either. Great to see him enjoying it!"
Linda Jane Devlin ran the course and admitted Ron's participation was a big inspiration, saying: "The thought of getting close to a running legend such as Ron Hill was a big temptation and helped motivate me to get there on time."
For a full list of results visit the Strathclyde parkrun website.