James Donald of Dundee Hawkhill Harriers headed the 8k lists in out latest Lindsays Virtual Road Challenge (photo from 2019 by Bobby Gavin)
Our latest Lindsays Virtual Road Challenge drew in around 400 submitted performances over the different age groups and distances.
Weather conditions were problematic on Friday and Saturday in various parts of Scotland but improved somewhat thereafter and hopefully didn’t put too many entrants off competing.
Once again we would like to thank members, clubs and coaches for your support for our Virtual Road Challenge events.
We regard these as semi-competitive opportunities – with athletes having to run solo of course because of current Covid-19 restrictions – and offering a target to aim for in a period where staging physical events is ‘off limits’ because of lockdown regulation.
There were some quality performances and right at the top of the Seniors 8k there were fine runs by James Donald of Dundee Hawkhill Harriers to break 24 minutes with 23:45 and from Rebecca Johnson of Edinburgh Uni Hare and Hounds to break 28 minutes with 27:37.
These two athletes led the way in terms of our Seniors and heading the Masters leaderboards were Michelle Sandison of Springburn Harriers with 30:21 and Chris Poxton of Corstorphine AAC with 26:44.
It's January and I'm missing cross country so decided to run the @scotathletics 8k virtual challenge round the muddiest, hilliest local field I could find (in the wind & rain too 😁). Good for the soul if not the leaderboard #mudisgood @CarnethyHRC pic.twitter.com/n4osNc6r09
— Mark Johnston (@runnermdj) January 11, 2021
The 6k distance was taken on by our U20 athletes and leading the way there were Ben MacMillan of Central AC with 18:01 and Rhona Mowat of Giffnock North with 23:00.
James Grant of Perth Strathtay was fastest over 5k with 15:23 as Garscube’s Louisa Brown led the female list with 16:53.
In the 4k, our top performers were Aberdeen AAC athlete Hamish McKay with 12:40 and Freya Murdoch of Stockport with 14:09.
In the 3k, our top performers were Rory Treharne of Garscube Harriers with 10:02and Dashka MacDonald of Edinburgh AC with 11:15.
And it was great to see U11 athletes out taking part at 1.5k with the fastest runs coming in from Cerys Wright of Haddington RC with 5:15 and Gregor McNaught of Springburn with 5:16.
The team events were ‘any age, any gender’ for each distance and the leading clubs were as follows:
8k – Cambuslang; 6k – Central AC; 5k – Corstorphine AAC; 4k – Aberdeen AAC; 3k – Garscube;1.5k – Haddington RC.
Well done to all these clubs.
* The next Lindsays Virtual Road Challenge is coming up over the weekend of Friday 29 January to Monday 1 February and entries are now open.
— Aberdeen Amateur Athletic Club (@AberdeenAAC) January 12, 2021