29 May

Scots Pair Building Dynasty

Ross Houston

Even though the Edinburgh Marathon didn't produce a home-based winner for what would have been a fitting finale to the event's 10th staging, the best-placed Scottish runners - Ross Houston and Hailey Hanning - can reflect positively on their performances in Sunday's race.

Sitting with the leading pack for almost 20 miles, Ross Houston eventually finished in fifth position. The Central AC runner, fresh from a second place at the Lillebaelt International half marathon in Denmark earlier this month, set a PB of 2:21:04. Considering the warm conditions, however, and the fact there so few runners around the 2:20 mark, the Scottish international will certainly be buoyed by his showing as he aims for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.

Racing in his home city, Houston was clearly pleased to set a PB just three months after the birth of his son: "I got a new personal best, something which I'm proud of." He added: "I need to get into a marathon where there are lots and lots of people at my standard so you can tuck in and get dragged round."

Hailey Haining

Haining, meanwhile, stepped into Sunday's race with the strongest marathon PB of the elite runners and hopeful of being the first home-based winner since Fiona Matheson in 2007. Haining came in more than five minutes behind Natalia Lehonkova, who won the race in 2:39:48.

Speaking post-race, the Scottish runner revealed she was struggling with injury just after the half-way point: "By the time I got to 15 miles, my hamstring was extremely tight. I was thinking 'am I going to have to drop out?' But I told myself my car was at the finish so I had to keep going."

Like Houston, the event is Haining's first marathon since becoming a parent, and her time of 2:45:17 represents the fastest by any Scottish female since Shona Crombie-Hicks ran a 2:44:58 in 2005. Under less punishing conditions, Haining, 40, will no doubt be likely to get closer to her PB of 2:29:18, set in 2008.

Full results of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival are available via scottishrunningguide.com.