Local runner, Russell Whittington, took on the Lake Garda Marathon this weekend, coming 12th in an international field of 1,400 runners. The Bellahouston Road Runner was the top Brit in a race won by native runner Colnaghi Pietro.
Pietro took the title in a time of 2:28:23, followed by Swiss runner Oldani Lukas, three and a half minutes later. Russell crossed the line in 2:50:25, with the second Brit taking part, John Witton, finishing in 3:30:38, in 263rd place.
Russell told scottishrunningguide.com: "'The course was gently undulating with stunning views of Lake Garda and the Dolomites. The temperature was about 15 degrees and ideal for running with a light breeze. I started off a bit too quickly but then settled into a steady pace of about 6 min 30 per mile. The support in the small towns was great."
The International Lake Garda Marathon takes place every year in Italy, attracting a truly multi-national field, with runners from all over the world. Full results of the 2010 race can be found here.