Senior men’s medallists with winner James Donald of Dundee Hawkhill Hariers joined by Fraser Stewart of Cambuslang Harriers (silver, on left) and John Bell of Inverclyde AC (photos by Bobby Gavin)
Dundee Hawkhill Harriers claimed a gold double at the Scottish 10,000m Champs – as this event returned to the track for the first time since 2019.
The club’s connection with the event arguably stretches back to Liz Lynch’s Commonwealth Games gold for Scotland over the distance back in 1986 in Edinburgh.
First, 25-lap newcomer Sandy McDougall savoured a fine debut on the track at the distance to win the Senior Women’s gold at 37:51.
Then James Donald took centre stage in a strong Men’s final heat as he cut six seconds from his PB to win in 29:29 after a long solo run at the front of the race.
James competed for Scotland last month in the Cardiff Half Marathon and while he was 30 seconds or so shy of his PB in Wales, Friday night in Glasgow proved the right setting for a fine performance.
When pace-maker Lewis Hannigan unfortunately had to drop out early, James took on the pace and his run for gold also landed him a £250 ‘bounty’ from meet organisers the Glasgow Athletics Association for breaking 29:40.
Following the Dundee Hawkhill Harrier home was Cambuslang Harriers athlete, Fraser Stewart, as he broke 30 minutes as well with 29:54. It was another solid run from Stewart following on from an excellent 2:18.40 marathon debut recently at Manchester.
John Bell of Inverclyde AC won the race for bronze, which changed hands a number of times over the closing three or so laps, with 30.22.
Back to the women’s medallists and there was a silver for another Masters athlete – Giffnock North AC’s Allie Chong, who clocked 38:47.
Taking the bronze was Ayr Seaforth U20 athlete, Morven Hubbard, who recorded 39:17. Morven is one of the grand-daughters of the late Johnny Hubbard, the South African who made his name at Rangers in the 1950s and also played for Ayr United.
There were also a number of Masters medals awarded and we hope to have details on those in due course.
*Big thank you to all our Officials, the Glasgow Athletics Association, the British Milers Club and all volunteers and helpers who helped make the Scottish 10,000m Champs happen.
Senior Women’s medallists – Sandy McDougall of Dundee Hawkhill Harriers flanked by Morven Hubbard of Ayr Seaforth (bronze, on left) and Allie Chong of Giffnock North AC (photo by Bobby Gavin)