Competitors braved below-freezing temperatures at the Anglo Celtic Plate 100K Ultra in Perth last weekend as the Scotland men's team reclaimed their crown at the event. The Scots comfortably saw off the more-fancied English team and the Welsh, with several Scottish athletes also winning individual medals in the first British Athletics Road Race Championship of 2013.
Ireland's Dan Doherty was the overall race winner with a well-judged performance to record a new PB of 7 hours 05 minutes 23 seconds, narrowly missing Thomas Maguire's Irish 100k record by 17 seconds. England's Craig Holgate (ELY) also set a new PB as he took second place in 7:12 :55 to claim the British title.
Scotland's Donnie Campbell (Glasgow) running in his first 100k event, finished third (second GB) in 7.16.18 and with that also took the 2013 Scottish 100K title. The Skye native who now works in Edinburgh has shown consistent form in trail ultras over the last 12 months and was able to translate that to the roads with great effect. Campbell was backed up superbly by Marco Consani of Garscube Harriers in fifth place overall clocking a new PB of 7:21:49, with Paisley's Paul Giblin, seventh overall in 7:34:19. Other Scottish team placings were debutant Ian Symington (Calder Valley) in 7:47:20 for ninth and Dave Gardiner (Kirkintilloch) 8:12:21 for 11th.
There was more Scottish success in the women's British championship with Charlotte Black (Shetland AAC) claiming a surprise bronze medal. Wales's Emily Gelder (Dulwich Runners) was a comfortable winner in 8.16.55 to claim a fourth successive GB 100km crown. Isobel Wykes (England /Truro Running Club) took second with 8.34.32 and New Zealander Antonia Johnson (currently living in Edinburgh) took third place in 8.44.56. With Johnson not eligible for GB medals, it was Black (8.54.50) in fourth place who ensured the GB medals were again shared out among different home nations and with it claimed the Scottish title in her first attempt at the distance.
Relatively new to ultra running and never having raced beyond 40 miles before, Black showed great poise to handle a bad spell mid race and finish strongly in the last 10 miles. The more experienced defending Scottish champion, Issy Knox (Hunters Bog Trotters), admitted she had a 'bad day at the office' but still claimed the Scottish silver medal, with evergreen Pauline Walker (Carnegie) taking the bronze.
Race co-ordinator Adrian Scott thanked all those involved for their help: "The race could not have been successful without the help, input and support of British Athletics, Scottish Athletics, Perth and Kinross Council and Run and Become. Also a huge thanks to all the athlete support crews, so vital to the runners, and the many selfless volunteers - too many to mention - who as always gave up their time, and without whom all athletic events, large and small, just wouldn't happen."
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