It was a good day for Scottish athletes at the English Road Relays at Sutton Park on Saturday during a hectic weekend on various fronts.
Central AC headed south determined to make their mark once again in a higher level of competition than in Scotland, where they are often dominant.
And Derek Easton’s squad did so with a fine fourth place finish overall with the combined time only 20 seconds adrift of the bronze medal positions claimed by Sale Harriers. Central also improved by one their place from 2013.
There was considerable consolation in Andrew Butchart’s run being the fastest leg of the day in the senior men’s category with 17.08. Butchart has been in fine form throughout the whole of 2014 in cross country, track and road running and was clearly well-pleased with Central’s display.
Butchart, who was also fastest individual leg at the English 12-stage relays, tweeted: ‘Can’t ask for much more than that today! Solid run from all the guys and happy to finish fourth overall and fastest leg.’
Central’s team in England was Scott McDonald, Scott Green, Alex Hendry, Cameron Milne, Andrew Butchart and Lewis Miller. All the results are on the ERRA website. And, if you are signed on with Vinco Sport website, you can watch men’s highlights here.
Aldershot, Farnham and District are often imperious on these occasions for the women and so it proved once again – with Steph Twell playing a leading role. The Team Scotland 5000m runner from Hampden came up with the fastest leg for a senior woman with 14.04 for the 4135m loop.
*Corstorphine AAC took advantage of Central’s absence at the MacAndrew Road Relays in Glasgow to win the event in its 75th year.
The men from Edinburgh were represented by Moray Anderson, Bryan Clark, Scott Pilkington and Howell Craske to take victory from Shettletson Harriers and Ronhill Cambuslang
Inverclyde AAC won the women’s race around the 3.25mile loop in Jordanhill and Scotstoun thanks to the efforts of Sharon Muir, Rachael Bushfield and Julie Gordon. Dumbarton AAC were second with bronze medals for race hosts, Victoria Park-City of Glasgow.
Ronhill Cambuslang won the vets race for men with Paul Sorrie of Shettleston the fastest man at 16.19 and Carla Molinaro the fastest woman at 18.28. The fastest juniors were Inverclyde’s Jonathon Glen (16.27) and VP-Glasgow’s Danielle Beattie (19.24).
For a link to results fee the VP-Glasgow website and check news or events.
*There was a fine performance by Team Scotland’s Sammi Kinghorn in Portugal over the weekend.
Sammi was invited to take part in the wheelchair race at the Lisbon half marathon and duly won the event. It was Sammi’s first attempt at the distance and her time of 60.00 is a Scottish best.
*Kyle Greig won the Bennachie Hill Race on Sunday as the event attracted a record field of 192 runners.
The Scotland international from Forres Harriers wasn’t too far short of the course record as he clocked 54.17 for the 8.2 mile route which feature 1500m climb.
Veronique Oldham of Cosmic Hillbashers won the women’s race for the third time since 2008.
*Ryan Beattie of Falkirk Victoria Harriers won the Neil McCover Memorial Half Marathon in Kirkintilloch on Sunday.
Cameron Wilson won the McCover Memorial trophy. There are results on the Kirkintilloch Olympians website.
* There was North District Cross Country League action at Caithness and those results are available online