Megan sets a new Loch Ness Marathon record
30th September 2013
Megan Crawford took full advantage of perfect running conditions to set a new women's course record at the Baxters Loch Ness
Elly was in commanding form in the Highlands as he cruised to an impressive victory.
The Manchester-based athlete, who comes originally from the western Kenyan village of Eldoret which has produced so many world class distance runners over the years, was making his marathon
The 28 year-old never looked to be in any danger of losing and although his winning time of 2hr 27min 21sec was more than seven minutes outside the course record set by his compatriot Simon Tonui in 2009, Elly looked as though he is capable of running faster in the future.
He said: 'I was very cautious at the start
'I began to pull away and ran the rest of the
'The course is really good and I couldn't believe how perfect the conditions were. It was amazing.'
Edinburgh University's Patryk Gierjatowicz duly picked up the Scottish marathon title when finishing runner-up in 2:30:49
The postgraduate maths student becomes the first Polish athlete to win the national title.
He said: 'I'm pleased to be Scottish champion but my time wasn't so good as its about four minutes outside my best.
'I slowed down quite a lot over the final two
Ross Clark (Hunters Bog Trotters) smashed his previous best time to finish in third position overall and second in the national championship.
Ross said: 'I can't believe it. I've taken seven
'I've trained hard for this race and I was aiming for a place in the top ten but to finish third and win a national medal really is just amazing.'
Megan Crawford (Fife AC) enjoyed a marathon
The Edinburgh-based runner shaved two secs off the previous leading mark for the course set by Ethiopia's Dinknnesh Mekash Tefara in 2010.
Crawford pulled away from Romanian favourite
She said: 'I had absolutely no expectations as
'I knew I was running well in the lead up to the
'After that I felt I could run a decent marathon
Nituleasa was well below her best when finishing
Lisa Finlay (Dumfries), who won in 2011 and was runner-up last year, finished in third position in 2:52:25, but she was pleased with the outcome.
John Newsom gave his Commonwealth Games marathon qualification hopes a major boost by winning the Baxters River Ness 10K in impressive style.
The Nairn-based runner, who competes for Central AC, raced home in 30. 35 to defeat Dermot Cummins (Corstorphine AAC) by 15 secs while the 2011 race winner, Kyle Greig (Forres Harriers), was a further 51 secs seconds behind in third position.
Newsom said: ‘I put in an effort to get away
‘I ran there last year, but this time I'm
Cummins, who led in the early stages had to
Keith Hood (Corstorphine AC) won the over-40's
Alex Sutherland (Inverness Harriers) won the
Great Britain international Rhona Auckland
The Edinburgh University student, who was
Rhona said: ‘I moved into the lead after the first mile and after that I never really looked back. I was happy with the result as it's my first race since July and my time is similar to last year.’