The 12th running of the annual Scottish Gas 5k and 10k Road Races took place in glorious sunshine in Edinburgh on Sunday August 2. Both races started simultaneously at 10:30 am outside of the Scottish Gas HQ at Waterfront Avenue in the Capital’s Granton district and made their way downhill for the first kilometre. As runners glanced at their watches to check their pace, many must have felt a PB was on the cards.
However the course then turned left in to West Harbour Road and athletes found themselves having to struggle against a strong head wind until the turning points on the Granton to Cramond esplanade, the 5k turning at Silverknowes and the 10k at Cramond. The in and out nature of the course allowed the majority of runners a look at the leaders as they headed back towards the finish. Mysteriously as competitors turned around the wind disappeared and there was no wind behind their backs as they made their way slightly uphill back along the esplanade and along West Shore Road before turning a sharp right and heading up a steep path to Caroline Park Avenue and alongside the modern Scottish Gas office block before a sharp left took them along the front of the building to the welcome sight of the finishing line.
First to cross the line in the 10k race was Shettleston Harrier Amanuel Hagos in an impressive time of 31:07, 7 seconds in front of Kirkintilloch and DePaul University teenage sensation Matthew Graham. Pitreavie’s John Newsom had a strong finish to claim third spot in 32:21, pushing Shettleston’s Paul Sorrie into fourth place with a time of 32:35. The fifth prize went to Cambuslang’s Alan Mcpherson who finished in 32:48. Alan’s club mate Kerry Liam Wilson finished first MV35 in 33:07, with Arbroath Footer Stewart Campbell being the first MV40 in 34:19.
In the Women’s Race, Olympic Team GB’s reserve runner Hayley Haining (FV35) stormed home in 34:29, the Kilbrachan runner beating Central’s Alison Docherty by 2:45. Fife’s Morgan Murphy narrowly outpaced her club mate Helen Sharpe, by 2 seconds, to claim third place in 37:24. Ayr’s Toni McIntosh made it onto the prize list by finishing in fifth position with a time of 37:40. Bellahouston Road Runner Shona Donnelly was the first FV40 completing the race in 43:52. Unattached Laura Wardrope finished in 409th position to close the race in 1:19:07.
Portobello’s Zak Boukelia won the 5k race in a time of 16:21. The Algerian athlete beat Edinburgh’s Neil Calder by 14 seconds. Pitreavie’s Jeff Farquhar (M35) finished in third spot with a time of 16:51. In overall fourth place was first women Sarah Inglis of Lothian in 17:21. Carnegie’s Nicola May (F35) took second place with 20:18 and unattached Audrey Millar (FV35) finished third woman in 21:52. Scottish Gas employees Louise and Les Mack finished in places 138 and 139 to close the race in 45:50.
Ferranti AAC's Julia Drewar, who finished in 137th place in the 10k race in a time of 46:34, told SCOTTISH RUNNING GUIDE "I really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere of this local race, although it was hard running into the wind! It is always nice to see so many familiar friendly faces at a race".