A field of 166 contested the Kinloss to Lossiemouth half marathon yesterday with Cambuslang's Gordon Lennox first in 1:14:29 retaining his title of 2010. Gordon finished two minutes ahead of second placed Alan Reid (Peterhead). Highland Hill Runner Roxanne Bannerman was first woman 1:25:31 ahead of Metro Aberdeen's Lynne Parkinson. Mid-point runner was Jack Caldwell-Nichols of Team Zultan (!) in 1:47:23. Despite cold south-easterly breezes, the Half marathon saw big turnouts from Keith & District, Forres Harriers, Moray Road Runners, Metro Aberdeen and Nairn Road Runners.
Further south, the winner of the previous day's Glasgow parkrun Chris Devenney (Kilbarchan) lined up against the first home in the same event the previous week, Cambuslang's Robert Gilroy in the Kirkintilloch Olympians 12.5K Road Race. After a good contest Devenney (42:25) was 6 seconds ahead of Gilroy at the line. Kelly van der Toorn was first woman in 50:25. In a field of 222 Anne Sillars was the mid-point runner in 1:3:15.
A dreich February morning - damp and windy didn't prevent another 300 plus field enjoying Glasgow parkrun no.110 on Saturday where Chris Devenney (16:07) and Clydesdale Harrier Kathryn Scott (20:40) were first in their categories.Despite the Race Director's pre-run warnings that the course was muddy and slippy in places, there were lots of great efforts with Stockport Harrier Matthew Hack celebrating his 100th parkrun with a best time of 20:42.
Your correspondent enjoyed a mid-field run despite puddles and muddy patches and was impressed by efficient course marshalling and smooth post-race times recording. Well, done to a big band of volunteers.
At Edinburgh parkrun Tony Johnston ran a PB to finish first in 16:50, as did first woman Edinburgh AC's Lianne Logan (20:01) who also set herself a nice target for further improvement. Good photos at the parkrun website.
There was another PB winner at Strathclyde parkrun - Russell McAdam (18:31) while first woman (and overall 4th) was Claire McArthur (19:45). See a full race report on the parkrun website.
Finally at a muddy Scottish National Cross Country Championships at Falkirk, Derek Hawkins (Kilbarchan) was first (senior men) in 38:35 with Freya Murray (Edinburgh AC) fastest in the senior women's event in 28:38.