Loch Ness Marathon action (see details further down this story). Photo by Paul Campbell
Well done to all the young athletes who represented Scotland at the Mini Marathon in London.
Scotland U15 Boys took team golds in their race with a superb series of performances with Oliver Patton second, Rhys Crawford third and Craig Shennan in fourth!
And our Scotland U17 Men took second place in the team race in the British Athletics Champs as Corey Campbell finished fourth with Fraser Gilmour (11) and Reuben Macdonald (15) also in the top 15.
Louisa Brown took second place in the U17 Women’s race with Scotland taking sixth place in the team race.
The U15 Girls were led home by Olivia Robbins (12) and Amy Teasdale (14) and took fifth place in the team race.
The U15 Boys team also featured good performances by Kieran Fulton (16); Luke Cullliton (20) and Andrew McWilliam (27) for an excellent team effort.
With four to count, Kai Crawford (16) completed the scoring team, with Tendai Nyabadza (26) and Hamish McKay (46) also representing Scotland.
In the U17 Women’s race, Louisa was followed home by Valencia Wright (24); Katie Johnson (27); Maja Thomson (39); Olivia Clarke (53) and Erin MacFarlane (70).
In the U15 Girls race, Olivia and Amy were supported by the performances of Millie McLelland-Brooks (17); Orlaith Shepherd (40); Charlotte Macphie (47); Katie Sandilands (58).
Weynay and Kenny together at Loch Ness Marathon on a previous occasion
Well done to Weynay Ghebreselasie of Shettleston Harriers on 2:16.27 run in London for 12th place in the Elite race.
And well done, also, to Kenny Wilson of Moray Road Runners on winning the mass race in London with a PB run of 2:18.42.
Central AC’s Jamie Crowe posted 2:22.48 on his marathon debut.
There were also good pacing efforts by Eilish McColgan and Adam Craig as they sought to help others towards good times.
Huge congratulations to everyone from across our club who raced the London Marathon on Sunday.
Megan Crawford celebrates in Inverness with Sheena Logan and Shona McIntosh (photo by Trevor Martin)
By Fraser Clyne
Corstorphine’s Stuart Livingstone became the first Scottish men’s winner of the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon for nine years when he sped to victory in a personal best time of 2:32:21.
The Edinburgh-based energy consultant, who was competing in his sixth marathon, took more than four minutes off his previous best, set at London in 2019, on a day when major road racing made a welcome return to the Highlands after an 18 month hiatus.
Welshman Geraint Williams was runner-up in 2:35:06 and Chris Poxton (Corstorphine AC) finished third overall, first in the over-40 age group, in 2:36:03.
‘My training had gone well so I knew a good time was on, but winning was a bonus,’ said Stuart.
‘It was only when I read a preview of the race, which suggested it could be wide open, that I felt I might have a chance.
‘It’s the first time I’ve done this race but it’s one I’ve always wanted to do. It’s the same day as the London marathon, but the experience couldn’t be more different. I was surprised by the level of support on the course, there was such a buzz. It was brilliant.’
Megan Crawford (Fife AC) took the women’s title for the third time in eight years in 2:48:15. Crawford’s Fife clubmate Sheena Logan, who won here in 2018 and was third in 2019, finished second in 2:51:32 and Shona McIntosh was third in 2:52:01.
Sean Chalmers is joined by Max Abernethy and Ewan Davidson (photo by Trevor Martin)
Scotland cross country international Sean Chalmers dominated the Baxters River Ness 10k to win in windy conditions in 30:15.
Max Abernethy was second and Ewan Davidson third.
Great Britain junior international Megan Keith was an impressive winner of the women’s race. The Edinburgh University sports science student recorded 34:22, a time bettered by only 15 men. Jenny Bannerman was second and Michelle Slater third.