This weekend’s ‘seriously flat and rapid’ Scottish Half Marathon and 10k didn’t disappoint runners in search of a PB.
Just over 2800 runners took on the 13.1-mile challenge, and just under 1500 completed the 10K. Many happy runners from both races took to social media Sunday afternoon to celebrate new personal best times.
Central Belt clubs were well represented on the podium, with Alison Rowatt of Edinburgh TC finishing first lady (1.18.50) in the Half. Sheena Logan (Fife AC) took second (1.21.52), with Lisa Macdonald exactly a minute behind her for third (1.22.52).
In the men’s race, Howell Craske of Corstorphine AC crossed the tape first in 1.08.26. Sam Mccutcheon was close behind for second (1.08.45) while Lindsay Gordon (Lasswade AC) took third (1.09.37).
The men’s 10K saw a new record set by Marc Brown of Salford Harriers (30.49). Just over a minute behind him was Edinburgh AC’s Callum Reid (31.50). Mark Haskett of Corstorphine AC (33.40) rounded out the podium.
There was a tighter finish in the women’s 10K, with just 30 seconds separating the top three. Cade Wright came home first (36.47), with Ruth Joss (Shettleston Harriers, 37.07) and Jennifer Wetton (Central AC, 37.17) right behind.
In addition to being popular with top club runners and PB-seekers, the Scottish Half Marathon and 10K are also key challenges many for charity runners.
One of the group, Callum Strang, told the race organisers: “Anyone that knew Connor, knew that he always put 100% into his training and fights, so we all tried to draw some inspiration from his determination today.
"Another reason behind our decision is that it is time to draw an end to this stigma that is mental health and more specifically men's mental health. If by running the Half Marathon we can help at least one young man realise that it's okay not to be okay, then we will have saved one life."
Full results are available on the Scottish Half Marathon's website.
Image: Scottish Half Marathon and 10K (Facebook)