Photo with thanks to Owain Williams
Once again our latest V4J Studios Virtual Challenge event has helped focus minds (and bodies) during lockdown.
Hundreds of athletes competed with solo runs last weekend in the Relay Challenge 2 event.
The various team events offered options for distances for all from U13 through to Seniors and Masters athletes and once again we’re grateful to clubs and athletes for the support of these Virtual Challenges.
While the events have been free to scottishathletics members, we have asked for donations of £2 per runner for those who wish to support the Events team in delivering these challeges.
In that regard, we pass on our thanks to numerous individuals as well as Cambuslang Harriers, Law and District AAC, Bellahouston Road Runner, Harmeny AC and Garioch Road Runners.
Your support really is much appreciated by all at scottishathletics.
Our ‘rules’ are now well-established with no point-to-point runs and no overall downhill advantage to be sought.
Graphic created by Bobby Gavin
In the two main team races, both over six-stages with three 10k and three 5k runs, there were wins for Cambuslang in the Men’s race and for Bellahouston Road Runners in the women’s.
Following Cambuslang home were Kilmarnock Harriers and Greenock Glenpark Harriers. Following Bellahouston Road Runners home were Giffnock North AC and Shetland. Great to have one our island teams on the ‘podium’ for a Virtual Challenge event!
The Masters 4-Stage events were dominated by Perth Road Runners as they topped the leaderboards for both the men and for the women.
In the Masters men’s table, Cambuslang were second and PH Racing were third. In the Masters women’s table, Dundee Road Runners were second and Kinross Road Runners third in what seems to have been a primarily Perth and Kinross and Tayside event!
Kilmarnock Harriers featured prominently throughout the tables and particularly in the younger age groups as they took the win in the Open 4-Stage event for U13,U15,U17 athletes. Edinburgh AC were second there with Dundee Hawkhill Harriers in third.
In the U13 Boys relay, Kilmarnock won it from Inverclyde AC and Law and District AAC.
In the U13 Girls relay, Edinburgh AC won it from Dundee Hawkhill and VP-Glasgow.
On the individual front, the Provisional Results download details performance in various age groups and should give you a category place.
Inverness athlete Graham Bee was fastest over 10k in 32:52 with Richard Mair of Kilmarnock Harriers fastest over 5k in 15:19.
On the women’s side, Kirsten Maxwell of Gala Harriers was fastest at 38:39 with Kara Tait of Kilmarnock Harriers fastest over 5k at 17:38.
The top Masters over 10k were Donnie MacDonald of Inverness Harriers and Michelle Sandison of Shetland AAC. The top Masters over 5k were Mark Gallacher of Motherwell AC and Lisa Allan of Fraserburgh.
In the U20 division, there were good runs at 10k by Dundee Hawkhill Harriers duo Shania King and Kristofer Hernandez and at 5k by Andrew Carey of Cambuslang.
Many thanks to all who competed in the 4J Studios Relay Challenge 2.