7 Sep

Cheeky Mackie Wins Scottish Half

Elite runners at start of 2014 Scottish Half Marathon

Local hero Bryan Mackie (1:11:22) won yesterday's Scottish Half Marathon (Saturday 6 September) and set the record for the new East Lothian event. Mackie broke the tape ahead of Ryan Riddell (1:13:02) and Stuart Johnston (1:13:11). First woman was Helen Bonsor in 1:26:19 followed by Charlotte Black (1:27;54) and Rhona Anderson (1:28:11).

Afterwards Bryan Mackie said: “I really enjoyed the event today. Great course, great weather, great medal - what more do you want! I’m delighted to have set the course record.”

Helen Bonsor said: “I’m delighted to have set the female record in the event. The running conditions today were perfect, I loved the course and enjoyed the fantastic support along the route. It was great to be a part of this race.”

Olympic and Commonwealth judo silver medallist Gemma Gibbons was the official race starter and set the thousands of runners off from Meadowhill Sports Centre in Tranent at 11.00am along the scenic East Lothian coastline to the finish at Musselburgh Racecourse.

Gibbons said: “It was a real honour to be the official race starter for the Scottish Half Marathon, it was an incredible sight at the startline. Since moving from London to Edinburgh in 2012, Scotland has become my adopted home and it was really special to be part of a brilliant occasion.

“Congratulations to all those who completed the half marathon. Running 13 miles is a real achievement! Thank you to all those who took part and all those who raised so much for good causes, including for Cancer Research UK, a charity that is particularly close to my heart.”

Big crowds packed the streets to support runners in bright and sunny conditions.  An estimated £500,000 was raised for charity by runners, in particular for official race charity Cancer Research UK, for whom Gibbons is an official ambassador.

Among those who completed Saturday’s race was Darren West who is running 52 half marathons in 2014. The Harrogate Harrier is aiming to raise £5,200 for Martin House Children's hospice over the year. After his Saturday endeavours Darren headed south to take part in the Great North Run.

Among those most colourful runners was Edinburgh’s Hannah Lithgow. Dressed in full fluorescent orange with a traffic cone hat, she was running for MS Scotland in memory of her father who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis seven years ago.

Feedback on yesterday's Scottish Half Marathon on social media was overwhelmingly positive however a number of runners commented that they had recorded running distances around 13.4 miles.

Image - Eventual Scottish Half winner Bryan Mackie checks his kit pre-race while club mate Richard Meade (253) was happier here than at the finish. courtesy Lesley Martin

Check out Scottish Half Marathon results at scottishrunningguide.com