30 Mar

Perfect Tens

photo of Strathclyde Park

Easter weekend sees the Scottish calendar focus on the classic race distance of 10 miles with the Tom Scott and Tay Ten both scheduled for Sunday, 1 April.

The Tom Scott is a double header with the main title event and the 6K Round the Loch but it is the 10 miler that attracts a high quality field both in terms of those at the head of affairs and the dozens of club runners attracted by an early season test and the race's status as both a Scottish and West District Championship event.

Last year's Tom Scott saw Shettleston Harrier Wayney Ghebresilassie (49:40) finish ahead of Olympic marathoner Derek Hawkins (49:57). Katie White, the recent Inverness Half winner and listed among the entries this year, was fastest lady in 58:20.

 The midpoint time in 2017 was a very respectable 1:11:47 and indicative of a race that sees big groups from clubs like Cambuslang Harriers, Garscube Harriers, Bellahouston Road Runners and Motherwell AC. Expect to see lots of club vests among the 400 plus runners on Sunday as they enjoy a spin around the scenic loch at Strathclyde Park.

Tay Ten organisers are anticipating 300 plus for an event that they are billing as a fast and flat and good for a PB. The route is mainly riverside path with short sections of trail. Expect a good send off from George Duncan Athletic Arena and lots of cheers at the finish there too.

While the Tay Ten is, like the Tom Scott, popular with club runners Roger Clark's 2017 winning time was 58:48 and the midpoint for the Perth race was 1:26:56.

Other highlights of this holiday weekend are tomorrow's 54 mile Glasgow to Edinburgh Ultra and Sunday's Moray Road Runners 10K.