Shettleston Harriers won the men’s team golds at the West District Hill Champs
The West District Hill Running Championships was held at the Luss Lollipop on Saturday.
Low cloud and rain welcomed the runners on the hill above Loch Lomond. The runaway winners in the open event were Rory Abernethy (Ochil HR) and Caroline Marwick (Highland HR).
Harry Pulham (Shettleston Harriers) finishing in second place overall took West District honors and led his club home to take the team title, backed up by Chris Grant Pantry (third overall and first MV40) and Lloyd Clayburn (third male senior).
Westerlands CCC were second male team home. Westerlands runners Chris Furse and Damien Theaker won the MV50 and MV60 titles.
In the women’s event first FV40 was Sue Hewitson (Greenock Glenpark Harriers) and FV50 was Lorna Mahoney (Westerlands CCC).
There was also a good turnout in the junior race where runners ran up the shoulder of Ben Dubh and every finisher received . . . a lollipop.
*Thanks to Niall McAlinden and Westerlands for organising the event.
With thanks to Angela Mudge
Laura Muir and Jemma Reekie were back in action after the Olympics as they lined up in the Eugene Diamond League meet.
Both found it a tough outing, however, after each sought to stay with the Olympic champion in their 1500m and 800m races.
Athing Mu duly won the 800m in a new American Record with Jemma home in 8th place in 2:00.27.
It was similar in the longer race as Faith Kipyegon dominated and Laura, initially at least, tried to keep in touch. In the end, though, the Scot had to settle for 12th place in 4:05.92.
Good luck to Laura and Jemma for remaining Diamond League dates coming up back in Europe over the next two or three weeks.
Jamie Crowe at Grangemouth as he wins 5000m gold (photo by Bobby Gavin)
Jamie Crowe won the National title at 5000m on the track after a fine performance in the 4J Studios Senior Champs at Grangemouth.
And the Central AC athlete followed that up on Sunday with seventh place in London in the Vitality Big Half Marathon as he clocked 64.19.
We make that an improvement on his half marathon PB (from 64.38) and good signs ahead of a marathon debut this autumn.
Jamie is part of our scottishathletics Marathon Project which has the clear goal of raising standards in the marathon.
Roon the Toon returned to Kilmarnock on Sunday and it was brilliant to see a road race event come back with close to 1150 starters.
There were some strong performances, too, with Course Records posted in the men’s, women’s and wheelchair races to land £100 bonuses.
Daryl Reid of East Kilbride led the field home in 30:43 for that record with the 1-2-3 completed by Lewis Rodgers of Fife AC in 30:48 and Lewis Hannigan of Kilbarchan AAC in 30:53.
Scotland international Annabel Simpson, who is also part of our Marathon Project, took the women’s race in 33:40. That was a PB by almost a minute for Annabel, who is also on our Marathon Project.
Following Annabel home were Kayleigh Jarrett of Shettleston in 37:25 and Valencia Wright of Giffnock North in 37:34.
Sean Frame clocked 24:51 to set that new record in the wheelchair race.
And Alastair Walker of Teviotdale Harriers finished in 35:39 to improve his own British M65 mark (from 35:59). Congratulations!