Runners were treated to glorious sunshine as they poured over the line at Sunday’s (23 September) Scottish Half Marathon & 10K at Musselburgh Racecourse.
The Scottish 10K kicked off proceedings at 9am, with around 2000 runners toeing the line. The race was won by Harry Burnard of Wellington Scottish in a time of 32:42, closely followed by Michael Carroll of Perth Road Runners. James Taylor of Corstorphine AC took the third podium spot.
The first female to cross the line in the Scottish 10K was Hunters Bog Trotters' Shona McIntosh, who raced home in a time of 36:56. Freya Ross of Falkirk Victoria Harriers and Zoe Pflug of Edinburgh University Hare & Hounds finished second and third.
At 11am, around 4000 half marathon runners set off from Meadowmill Sports Centre for their 13.1-mile challenge.
A keenly fought battle unfolded at the sharp end of the field, with Kevin Liddle of Garscube Harriers eventually pulling ahead to take the win in a time of 1:12:17. He was chased home by Paul Featherstone of Hermitage Harriers, with Jason Kelly of Stonehaven RC clinching third.
Speaking after his win, Liddle said: "Today was great, the weather was better than anticipated. There were four of us together at the five mile mark and then I dropped back slightly up to the half-way point. But I stuck to the pace and eventually caught them up again. I only really shook Paul (Featherstone) with one mile to go, so I'm delighted to take the win today."
The crowds were treated to an incredibly close finish in the women's division of the event.
Kiera Gore of Lasswade AC eventually took the win in a time of 1:23:35, pipping Chloe Cox of Edinburgh AC, who finished just two seconds behind in 1:23:37. Claire Thompson of Victoria Park City of Glasgow was third.
Further down the field were some incredible performers raising valuable funds for a variety of charities by running the fast, flat and picturesque route. In excess of £250,000 was raised for over 300 charities, led by the event's official charity Cancer Research UK, and its three established Scottish charities; Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, Alzheimer Scotland and Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity.
Event director Sandra Scott said: "Congratulations to everyone who crossed the finish line today. It's truly inspiring to watch the determination and strength that each participant demonstrates by placing themselves on the start line and beginning their personal challenge, whether it be to fundraise and raise awareness for a particular cause that has touched their lives, to try something new or to gain a PB.
“We want to particularly thank the local communities of East Lothian for their support of all the runners along the route today and for those on the Event Team who have given their time and enthusiasm to support and keep the participants safe as they completed their very personal journey today."
More information and full results are available at the Scottish Half Marathon website. Early bird entries for the 2019 event are available from now until Sunday 7 October.
Image: courtesy GSi Events Ltd.