Around 5,000 runners crossed the finish line in Sunday’s (24 September) Scottish Half Marathon and 10K – a day in which records tumbled. A bright East Lothian morning welcomed the runners, who took on the route along the magnificent Golf Coast and finished in style at Musselburgh Racecourse.
In the half marathon, it quickly became apparent that the battle to the line would be between Ross Houston (Central AC) and Peter Avent (Shettleston Harriers) who had broken clear from the rest of the field. But it was Houston whose strength showed in the latter stages, as he pulled away and took victory in a new course record of 1:07:42. Avent stayed strong to the line to finish in 1:08:45, with Sunderland Harrier Andrew Powell taking third.
Speaking after his win Houston said: "I've been running around 100 miles a week as I prepare for a marathon next month, so I'm pretty tired now! It was a lovely flat course. I was running with Peter (Avent) for much of the race and just managed to pull away towards the end."
Another course record was smashed in the women’s race, as Lisa Finlay of Dumfries RC sped home in 1:20:56, taking the previous course best down by some three and a half minutes. Jill Knowles of the Scottish Prison Service and Catriona Probert of Edinburgh AC made up the other podium spots.
The 10K race was won by Lithuanian runner Dalius Pavliukovicius in a time of 33:01. He was chased home by Corstorphine AC duo Bryan Clark and Mark Haskett who completed the top three.
The first female home in the Scottish 10K was Ella Revitt in a new course record time of 36:15 with Lisa Macdonald and Samantha Woodward in second and third.
Afterwards Ella spoke of her delighted: "I wasn't expecting to go so fast today, the conditions were great and the course was really flat. My family live in Switzerland and I've just started at Edinburgh University so I haven't yet joined a running club up here. It was great to get the win today."