IT was a huge weekend for our ultra runners with the West Highland Way Race always one of the highlights on the calendar.
And it was a special event this year with winner Paul Giblin smashing his own record in the event to win in 14.20.10 for the 95-mile route in warm conditions.
Second-placed Robbie Britton came home in 14.47.48 – and that was also well inside the 15.07.29 record which Paul had set some 12 months earlier. This year’s third place went to Matt Williamson in 16.05.01.
Rosie Bell had been the women’s race winner for the past two years but the 2014 title now belongs to Fionna Ross.
Ross won it in 18.45.04 with Bell having to settle for second in 19.02.19 – quicker than her winning time in 2013 – with Keziah Higgins in third in 20.0935.
As always, the competitors themselves were indebted to their support teams and the race organisers and marshalls and with entrants from across the globe there was a marvellous atmosphere generated across the weekend.
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Scottish Para athletes were in action at the IPC Grand Prix event in Berlin.
There were debut victories for Jo Butterfield in F32/51 club throw with 14.96 (world leader) and Derek Rae in T46 5000m in 16.40.26.
And there was also gold for Stef Reid in the F42/44 Long Jump with 5.29 and a silver for Libby Clegg in the the T11/12 100m in 12.67..
At the Scottish Schools at Hampden, thanks to the SSAA, there was a guest race included for wheelchair athletes – the only 200m which will be staged there.
Result: 1 Sammi Kinghorn T53 33.57. 2 Meggan Dawson Farrell T54 35.55. 3 Colette Martin T54 39.09. 4 Gemma Scott T54 39.65. 5 Shelby Watson T33 42.34 (tops UK rankings). Men: Kyle Brotherton T54 44.33.
In the CP Grand Prix in Doncaster, there was a 400m PB in 63.01 for young T38 sprinter Ross Paterson.
Here is a late result: The London Marathon authorities have finally delivered their verdict on the team race – and Fife AC are celebrating bronze medals in the women’s race.
Serpentine took the golds in 8.38.35 with Dulwich second in 8.48.38 and Fife in third in 8.53.08.
That was down to the combined efforts of Megan Crawford (2.47.21), Sophie Mullins (3.02.03) and Amie McKimmie (3.03.44).
The Fife AC trio will now receive London Marathon British Championships team medals from UK Athletics and congratulations to all involved and their families and coaches.
In London this past weekend, three Scots were in action at the City of London Mile.
David Bishop finished fourth in the men’s race in 4.06 with Morag MacLarty picking up third in the women’s in 4.46. Claire Gibson was seventh in 5.08.
In Bilbao, Eilish McColgan took on a 3000m flat race and finished third in 9.03.89.