Last weekend's running calendar was a busy one with a series of races taking place across the country. Almost 800 runners came under starter's orders in Edinburgh as the Meadows Marathon celebrated its inaugural event, the Down by the River 10K (Cambuslang) witnessed a new course record, and over 300 runners took part in the ever-popular Smokies 10 mile race in Arbroath.
For the first time in the event's history, the Meadows Marathon included a 26.2 mile race to join the regular 5K Fun Run and half marathon competitions. In keeping with the unpredictability of the Scottish weather, competitors braved sleet, rain and sunshine to complete the varying events. Press officer George Ward commented: "Despite the weather, despite the hailstorm, despite the cold, we're pleased with the turnout; everyone seems to have had a good time."
In Glasgow, Stuart Gibson set a new course record at the Down by the River 10K. The Ronhill Cambuslang runner clocked 31:18, finishing over a minute ahead of Robert Gilroy (32:36), while Stevie Wylie completed the top trio (32:38). Claire McCracken of Bellahouston Harriers was the first female home in 38:26.
In Arbroath, Jillian Gordon of Kinross Road Runners led an all-female field at the Smokies 10 Mile event. Jillian (61:50) prevailed in a close contest with Lisa Finlay, finishing merely 14 seconds ahead of the Dumfries RC member. Carolyn Milne took third place.
In addition to these, the weekend also saw the Combat Stress 5k at Glasgow Green, the Resolution Run in Edinburgh, the Lasswade 10 Mile Road Run and the Nairn 10k and 5k. For more information, visit our race results section.