DBTR 10k Provisional Results

Amended results now attached, sorry about the slight hiccup, hopefully results are now correct.

Many thanks for a great turnout for todays races, and the positive feedback, a lot of happy faces out there today throughout the field, we hope that you enjoyed the event, well done everyone. Here are the provisional results so that you can at least check your own time, sorry that it's taken a bit longer than usual. We need your feedback as we know we need to amend a few times/positions, if you spot an error please let us know and we will correct this as soon as we can. Hopefully we will see you all next year.

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DBTR 10k Provisional Results

Provisional results from our DBTR 10k have been updated and are attached after resolving the 2 outstanding queries, please let us know if there are any issues.

Updated Provisional Results

 

M40+ and M50+ Masters show the way at the Scottish Cross Country Relay Championships

The M40+ quartet of Kenny Campbell, Frank McGowan, Kerry-Liam Wilson and Jamie Reid and the M50+ trio of Chris Upson, Paul Thompson and Colin Feechan were worthy winners at the Scottish Cross Country Relay Champs at Cumbernauld on Saturday 24th October. With Jamie, Kerry-Liam and Kenny recording the 3 fastest masters’ times and Frank 6th fastest it was not surprising that this was the club’s 5th consecutive victory in this national championship. Also thanks to Colin, Chris and Paul recording the 2nd, 3rd and 10th fastest times in their age group the M50+s regained their age group title. Indeed, the depth of the club’s older runners saw them finish their B team of Tony McCutcheon, Brian Campbell, Justin Carter and Mick O’Hagan in 5th and their C team of Dan O’Connell, Craig Harrow, Dave Thom and Scott Hunter in 11th place from 20 competing teams.

The under 20 and senior men team of Stuart Gibson, Ryan Thomson, Robert Gilroy and Kyle McLellan put in a sterling performance to finish just outside of the medals in 4th place. Ryan was rewarded with the 3rd fastest time by an under 20 and Kyle was the 11th fastest senior. The B team in 14th position was well served by two other fast improving under 20s Ross Stephen and Craig Jardine and ably supported by Willie MacRury who made the long round trip from Stornoway and Gordon Robertson. The C squad of Alasdair Campbell, Scott Sommerville, Ian Lafferty and George Pettit finished a creditable 35th from 88 competing teams.

M40s

M50s

 

 

 

 

Our ladies team had to do without the services of 3 Scottish internationalists. Sarah Benson is now living in England, Katie Bristow is on a year’s athletics scholarship in the USA and Eve MacKinnon now at Edinburgh University was representing her university team. In spite of this our ladies team of Alex Lamond, Kirsty Anderson and Caitie Gordon-Phillips finished a very creditable 21st from 52 competing teams. It was good to see Caitie running again after a long injury spell.

Our young athlete male A team comprising an U13, U15 and U17 acquitted itself well. Sean Friel, Drew Pollock and Struan Paton with the 5th fastest time of the day combined well to finish 7th from 90 teams. The B team of Euan McLew, Ryan Stephen, and Gavin Smith were 25th followed by the C team of Aaron Grew, Andrew Arhurs and Lewis Tracey and the D squad of Michael Black, Chris McLew who was our fastest U15 and Eamon Carr. Robbie Woods and Ruairidh MacGregor ran in an incomplete E team. The same format was used in the young female athlete event and Niamh Riggins, Lauren McEwan and Christie Dalgleish put in a solid performance in 22nd place from 77 teams. The B team of Chloe Burton, Carla Fay and Katie Moss secured 58th spot and Demi Scott and Hannah Lang were in an incomplete C team.

Congratulations to all our runners and many thanks to our officials, coaches, parents and supporters.

David Cooney

 

A MASTERFUL PERFORMANCE BY RONHILL CAMBUSLANG VETERAN RUNNERS

The club fielded an M35 6-man team and a 3-man M55 team along with an incomplete over M35 B team at the British Masters Road Relays at Sutton Park, Birmingham on Saturday 16th May. The long journey was made worthwhile as the M55 trio won team gold and the M35 sextet team silver.

The M55 race kicked off first with Paul Thompson on the opening leg. Paul was nervous considering he had had a bad experience last year when he was forced to stop and withdraw from the race on the final leg due to being unwell. On top of that he had been nursing a hamstring injury over the last month and had not trained much. His aim was to run steadily round the course and to hand over to Colin Feechan without putting too much pressure on his hamstring. Paul executed his plan very well to run his own race and finished 6th in 17:43 for the tough undulating 3 mile course. Colin had been assigned to work his way through the field and he brilliantly turned a 40 second deficit on the leader into an impressive 53 second lead. His clocking of 17:10 was the 3rd fastest time of the day which was only a few seconds slower than the first 2 finishers on leg 1 who had the benefit of an open race situation. It was left to Iain Campbell to anchor the squad to victory. Iain too was nervous not having raced for a year. However, as always he gave his usual 100% effort and increased our lead at the finish to 74 seconds with a time of 17:32 seconds. Last year’s winners Woodford Green overhauled Wirral in the closing stages to settle the silver and bronze medals.

The final race of the day saw the M35 and M45 runners compete for their respective awards. We had initially planned to field an over 45 quartet but this fell through as Charlie Thomson was drafted into the over 35 team from the older age group. Charlie and Scott Hunter for the B team led off. Charlie after a long period of injury had been getting himself fit again and had enjoyed some testing Saturday morning training reps with Stevie Wylie and was keyed up for the challenge ahead. Unfortunately things did not work out as planned as he finished in 57th place with a time of 17:26 with Scott 69th in 18:06. Anyone who knows Charlie will know that he does not offer any excuses but I will on his behalf. He had not been feeling 100% on the journey down the previous evening and on the morning of the race and obviously this was a mitigating factor. Over 3 decades Charlie has consistently put in inspiring and gritty performances to significantly help the club win medals at local, district, national and UK level. It was to be payback time for the remaining 5 runners to get the club back into the race and then into a medal position.

Robert Gilroy was now to take up the daunting challenge of eating into a 2 minute 25 second deficit behind the leader and 1:57 deficit behind eventual winners Thames Hare and Hounds. Undoubtedly Robert was the man for the task as he sliced through the field overhauling 48 runners to put the club into 9th place. Robert’s time of 14:47 was not only a club record taking 4 seconds off John Cowan’s time but was to be the 2nd fastest time of the day beaten only by Morpeth’s in form Ian Hudspith’s 14:31 on leg 4. The club was now 1 minute 26 seconds behind the leading club Thames Hare and Hounds. Debutant Frank McGowan making his comeback to the sport after a long break gained 22 places for the B team with an encouraging time of 16:44. Hopefully his performance on limited training will encourage him to train and compete more.

Jamie Reid’s plucky 16:16 stint, the 6th fastest on this leg, moved us up to 8th position and closer to the teams immediately in front although THH had increased their lead to 1 minute 57 seconds with Salford only 1 second behind. Mick O’Hagan gained another 9 places for the B squad with a time of 17:31. By halfway multi Scottish Masters Champion Kerry-Liam Wilson had put us into the bronze medal position and reduced THH’s lead to 1 minute 23 seconds and 2nd placed Salford to 51 seconds. Kerry was rewarded with the 2nd fastest time on his leg.
Iain Reid with 15:47, the 2nd fastest on leg 5, continued RHC’s comeback to snatch 2nd place from Salford in the closing stages and to cut back THH’s lead to 53 seconds. Stevie Wylie now set off on the last leg in pursuit of the leader while fending off an early counter challenge from the Salford runner and from the advancing Preston Harriers. Although Stevie ran 15:36 and the 2nd fastest leg as he closed the gap on THH to 24 seconds at the finish, he had run out of distance, but silver medals had been secured in what can only be described as a dramatic comeback. Spare a thought for Salford who had been in a medal winning position throughout the race until the last 400 metres when overhauled by the fast finishing Preston runner Robert Affleck.

Both results were testimony to the strong club spirit and competitiveness of our runners. Thanks also to Owen Reid for his support on the day and to Colin who dealt with the team entries, travel and accommodation. It also continued RHC’s excellent record in this UK championship with the club having won 7 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals across the age groups in recent years.

It was good to meet up with 2 of our athletes living in England Kenny MacPherson and Neil Wilkinson who now in the M45 category ran 16:26 for Tynebridge and 16:49 for Morpeth.

Well done also to The M35 Kirkintilloch Olympian team of Graham McCabe, Stephen Allan, Robert Keenan, Howard Elliott, David Hogg and Louis O’Hare who finished a creditable 10th on their debut. Perhaps more Scottish clubs will participate next year and RHC will be able to field teams in the M35, M45, M55 and M65 age groups!

David Cooney

M55 Winning Team

M55 Winning Team

M35 Silver Medalists

M35 Silver Medalists

DBTR 10k & 3k Provisional Results

Here are the final results from today's races, please let us know of any errors, thanks to all who ran in today's challenging conditions. DBTR 20150301 3k & 10k Final Results

Great team spirit shines as RHC reclaim both team titles at Scottish Masters XC Champs

Arguably the biggest event of the year for most Scottish veteran athletes, this year it also clashed with the Scottish Masters indoors champs, and some of our athletes had difficult choices to make, and it was heartening that our key athletes put team before self on this occasion. Scottish Athletics have to be given due credit for at least moving the 3000m to an earlier date, with the original date for the indoor champs being moved due to a Tennis Davis cup match at the Emirates arena.

Some of our mature athletes performed excellently at the indoor champs, with David Cooney scooping gold in the M65 1500m, Barnie Gough medalled twice (M60 1500m silver & 800m bronze) whilst Archie Jenkins took bronze in the M60 1500m race.

It's not been very often in recent years that both of our vets M40 and M50 teams entered any race as underdogs but such is the level of competition these days that both were the underdogs. Two late enforced call-offs didn't help, with on form Jamie Reid failing a late fitness test, and anglo scot Kenny MacPherson having to miss the event that he medalled individually and for the team last year.

Last years M40+ team champions Corstorphine AC appeared favourites on paper to retain their title in Kilmarnock, led by the in-form Keith Hood, whilst M50+ Scottish Relay champs Shettleston and bronze medallists Edinburgh AC looked particularly strong in this age group, with last year's winners Portobello AC fielding last year's winning team, led by vets internationalists Peter Buchanan and Willie Jarvie.

RHC are one of the very few teams who are capable of winning both titles, and always set their stall out to attempt to do so, even though the quality of their M50+ athletes has seen them counting for the M40 team to the detriment of the M50 team title.

Not for the first time there appeared to be a steely determination in the eyes of the RHC athletes on the start line, guts were about to be spilled. The course should have included 3 submersions of the "swamp", but such was the depth of the water that the swamp was disappointingly bypassed and the athletes had to use the adjoining path instead.

From the off Davie Millar of Irvine led the field, closely tracked by defending champion Kerry-Liam Wilson, Stevie Wylie, Keith Hood and Neil Smith of Anster Haddies. Whilst Millar eventually faded, Keith Hood came through to claim his first Masters XC title, with Kerry-Liam (M40 silver) finishing 2nd and with a track record of being in the 1st 2 for all of the last 7 years this was another excellent performance to lead the team home.

Stevie Wylie (M40 bronze) was well clear in 3rd place, great reward for an excellent comeback year after many injury setbacks of late. 3rd man home for the club was Greg Hastie (M45 silver) who had a brilliant run to finish in 11th place, even though he knew he was giving up almost certain M45 indoor golds.

With Corstorphine's 3rd counter coming in just behind Greg the team title, as predicted, was all down to the 4th counter for both teams. As it transpired RHC managed to get another 4 athletes home before our opponents and the team title was back in RHC hands. In fact it was another great run, this time by Chris Upson (M50 Gold), only 7 days after the birth of his daughter Flora Edith, who finished in 13th place and also secured the M50 individual title, so 2 golds to take home to Benjamin & Flora.

Attention was now turning to the M50+ team title, with Chris no longer being eligible to count twice. If ever a club needs a Mr Reliable to step forward then the renowned ex-world cross country competitor Eddie Stewart is your man. Having flown over from Prague to give the club a great pre-race boost, "Steady Eddie", as he is affectionately known, finished only 7 seconds behind Chris in 15th place to claim the M55 gold and to be our 1st M50 counter. Next home in 22nd place was Colin Feechan (M55 Silver) and our 3rd counter was eagerly anticipated. Dave Thom, who was Scotland's outstanding M50 athlete only 3 years ago, has suffered with a loss of form since, with the after effects of a debilitating virus the likely source. However, whilst he is at last showing a return to form, he knew exactly what was required of him team wise and focussed to ensure he was ahead of as many competitors as possible, and his just reward was ensuring that he was our 3rd counter and the M50m title was once again in RHC's hands. Shettleston Harriers and last year's victors Portobello AC were 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Although not picking up team medals many of our athletes were playing a vital role in putting daylight between ourselves and our opponents. Mick O'Hagan came home in 34th place (7th M45), and XC debutant Michael Barker performed well to finish in 41st place. Dave Thom, as previously mentioned, finished in the top 50 and fellow M50 Alick Walkinshaw wasn't far behind in a very creditable 59th position. Scott Hunter and James Healy were next home for the club, closely followed by another XC debutant Des Dickson and Jimmy Zaple, who is on the comeback trail after a 2 year injury incurred break. M60 Peter Ogden continues to improve week by week and was pleased with his run.

Unluckiest athlete of the day was M60 Frank Hurley, well clear and on track for a consecutive hattrick of gold titles when his left shoe disintegrated early on the 3rd lap and he had no choice but to withdraw, his first ever DNF in over 35 years of competing.

Well done to all competitors, RHC vets once again deliver the goods on the day.

Club Presentation Evening – Friday 29th August 2014

An important reminder to all athletes, parents and coaches that the annual club presentation evening will be held at the Cambuslang Rugby and Sports Club on Friday 29th August 2014 – 7.30pm for 8.00 pm.  Tickets which include a buffet are priced at £5, with concessions available for family tickets.  Tickets should be on sale at the club from next Tuesday (12th August) although you can contact any coach or official to put your name down in advance of this.  Hopefully the event will be well attended by club members. Any Under 14’s must be accompanied by an adult. We will be holding a raffle on the night, so any prizes will be gratefully received. The list of prizewinners for 2013-14 is as follows:

U11 Boys                                     U11 Girls
1 Euan McLew                             1 Cloe Burton
2 Jordan Davies                           2 Eilidh Kennedy

U13 Boys                                     U13 Girls
1 Ryan Stephen                            No Award
2 Drew Pollock
3 Ruaidhri McGregor

U15 Boys                                      U15 Girls      
1 Struan Paton                              1 Olivia Mulholland
2 Gavin Smith                                2 Lauren Carey
3 Keir Morton

U17 Boys                                     U17 Girls       
1 Jack McGregor                          1 Eve MacKinnon
2 Sean Reilly
3 Scott Somerville

Junior Men                                  Junior Women
1 Ryan Thomson                          1 Katie Bristow
2 Ross Stephen

Senior Men                                  Senior Women           
1 Robert Gilroy                              1 Caitie Gorton-Phillips
2 Ben Hukins                                 2 Sarah Benson
3 Ian McCorquodale                      3 Alex Lamond

Veteran Men
1 Jamie Reid
2 Scott Hunter

Super Veteran Men
1 Colin Feechan
2 Frank Hurley

Meritorious Award
Announced at the presentation evening

The Passing of a Legend

As intimated through our Google group last Thursday evening, we were all saddened to hear of the death of Jimmy Sands, one of the club’s great characters. The Email responses exemplified how much he was revered within the club, and he will be sadly missed. His funeral will take place on Friday 6th June at 1pm, Woodside Crematorium, Paisley. Family flowers only please, however, if you feel you need to do something a donation to Accord Hospice would be appreciated by the family.

A great tribute to Jimmy by Richard Brickley can be found on the following link:

http://www.scottishathletics.org.uk/index.php?p=221

Medals Galore at Scottish Road Race Relays

After adjusting some teams due to late call offs, team manager David Cooney was confident that the club would give a good account of itself in defending both M40 and M50 masters titles and attempting to improve upon last year’s 3rd place for the senior men’s team.  His confidence was rewarded once again with some fine performances.

After a misty morning in Livington, the athletes lined up for a midday start in somewhat cold and breezy conditions, with the relay legs alternating between a short leg (3.1m) followed by a long leg (5.8m).

Caitlin on the 1st leg

Caitlin on the 1st leg

Caitlin Hendry was our only lady athlete to make the start line.  It was great to see her back competing again and she ran a very competitive sub 20 min time on the first leg to finish 14th.

Stuart Gibson leads the field over the curly bridge

Stuart Gibson leads the field over the curly bridge

5 RHC mens teams lined up on the 1st leg.  Club captain Stuart Gibson forced the pace early on and eventually came home 1st to hand over to Kyle McLellan for the 1st long leg. Kyle ran a great leg on his course debut (6th fastest long leg) to come home in 2nd place, only 28 secs behind in-form British internationalist Andrew Butchart from Central AC (fastest long leg). Next off was Anglo Ian Rawlinson who ran a stormer to close the gap to only 18 seconds at the end of lap 3, recording the 2nd fastest short leg of the day. With the 3rd placed team over 3 minutes behind it was already clear that only RHC had any chance of stopping Central AC from making it a hat trick of victories in this race. Ben Hukins took off on the 4th leg and despite recording the 7th fastest long leg time, he couldn’t prevent Central AC from opening a lead of just over 70 seconds. Josh Lilly took over on leg 5 and produced the fastest short leg time of the day, closing on the leaders with every stride, with the gap at the end of lap 5 reduced to only 9 seconds. In form Robert Gilroy took off on the anchor leg but Central AC showed their class once again to open up a comfortable lead that they maintained to the line, and despite Robert posting a top 10 fastest long leg time the team had to settle for the silver medals 63 seconds behind worthy winners Central AC but well clear of 3rd place Corstorphine AC.  In achieving the silver medals RHC were only 13 seconds away from their club record time.

Silver medalists Ben Hukins, Robert Gilroy, Kyle McLellan and Josh Lilly - missing are Stuart Gibson and Ian Rawlinson.

Silver medalists Ben Hukins, Robert Gilroy, Kyle McLellan and Josh Lilly – missing are Stuart Gibson and Ian Rawlinson.

Ian Rawlinson on his way to recording the fastest 3rd lap leg.

Meanwhile the M40 vets had made a solid start to the defence of their title, with relay debutant James Healy finishing the 1st leg in 2nd place. Experienced Jamie Reid took over and had us only 11 seconds behind new leaders Corstorphine AC after leg 2. The placings remained the same after leg 3, with Scott Hunter keeping us well in touch, with Kirkintilloch Olympians and Shettleston in 3rd and 4th place. Kerry-Liam Wilson was off next in the 4th leg and put the team into the lead for the 1st time, recording the fastest long leg overall in the M40 race, with doubt cast on the course taken by the now 2nd and 3rd placed teams behind. On the 5th leg Mick O’Hagan ran another solid leg as Kirkintilloch Olympians took the lead by 9 secs at the end of the penultimate lap. Greg Hastie was assigned the last lap and it took all of his experience to slowly close the gap on the Kirkie athlete. 7 seconds behind with 1.5 miles to go, the encouragement from the club members urged Greg on and he drew level with only 200 yards to go in the tightest finish of the day, but his explosive sprint meant there was only going to be one winner and the title was going home once again to Cambuslang for the 4th consecutive year.  As an added bonus the vets finished in 9th place overall to give RHC 3 teams in the top 10.

Winning M40 team of Kerry-Liam Wilson, Scott Hunter, James Healy and Mick OL'Hagan. Missing are Jamie Reid and Greg Hastie

Winning M40 team of Kerry-Liam Wilson, Scott Hunter, James Healy and Mick OL’Hagan. Missing are Jamie Reid and Greg Hastie

Jamie Reid looking strong on the 2nd lag

Jamie Reid looking strong on the 2nd lag

Greg Hastie powering the M40's to a last lap victory

Greg Hastie powering the M40’s to a last lap victory

The M50 team had also started with their intentions to the fore as Ross Arbuckle built up a 1st leg lead of nearly a minute over Central AC and Bellahouston RR to hand over to Dave Thom. Although still building up his fitness, Dave put the team first in electing to do a long leg and his 100% effort resulted in an increased gap of 75 seconds over 2nd place Lothian RC after leg 2. Frank Hurley, running his 1st ever short leg over this course, recorded the fastest M50 3rd leg to hand a 2 minute lead to Colin Feechan on the anchor leg, and this was increased to over 3 minutes as Colin recorded the fastest M50 long leg of the day.  This was another title retained by RHC as Carnegie H and Central AC finished 2nd and 3rd overall.

Winning M50 Team of Ross Arbuckle, Colin Feechan, Dave Thom and Frank Hurley

Winning M50 Team of Ross Arbuckle, Colin Feechan, Dave Thom and Frank Hurley

Barnie on the 1st leg

Barnie on the 1st leg

Shaz on the 2nd leg with his faithful water bottle

Shaz on the 2nd leg with his faithful water bottle

Al Campbell powering on during the 3rd leg

Al Campbell powering on during the 3rd leg

David Cooney on the 3rd leg

David Cooney on the 3rd leg

Bobby Bristow continuing his fine form on the 2nd leg for the B team

Bobby Bristow continuing his fine form on the 2nd leg for the B team

Although not in the medals, the Senior B team finished in 7th place overall, ahead of all but 4 other “A” teams. This was due to fine performances by Shaun Butler, Gordon Robertson, Al Campbell, Bobby Bristow, Johnny MacNamara and Kenny O’Neill.

Our other incomplete team saw a welcome return from Barnie Gough on leg 1, supported by Shaz Hakeem, David Cooney and Robert Rossborough and a big thanks to Jim Orr who stepped in to help with the team management to allow David Cooney to compete.

Kenny McNeill looking strong on the last leg for the B team

Kenny McNeill looking strong on the last leg for the B team

 

RHC Vets 6-year team domination finally broken at Scottish Masters XC Champs

There were medals galore for RHC Vets at the Scottish Masters XC championships at Hawick on Saturday 1st February 2014, but team gold eluded them for the 1st time since 2007, a quite remarkable winning streak.

These championships are the annual target race for the elite Scottish Masters athletes, and it also attracts a number of Anglo Scots hoping to claim a medal, as individual age-groups are competed for within 5-year age groups, starting with the over 40’s. The Scottish Veterans Harriers Club also use this race as a guideline for selection for the annual British & Irish XC International race later in the year, thus the competition was once again very fierce throughout all age groups.

Despite 3 injury call offs within 48 hours of the event RHC were represented by 11 athletes at the exposed Hawick course, with Kerry-Liam Wilson, Dave Thom, and Frank Hurley hoping to defend their hard earned M40, M50 and M60 Scottish titles won at Forres last year.

The 1st race of the day saw Robert Anderson compete in the M65 category over a 2-lap 6k course. The attire worn by the women and over 65 men was a sure indication that conditions were extreme, to say the least, over this challenging course. The driving wind and severe wind chill were causing problems for many. Robert was hoping to improve upon his 4th place from last year, but was still in that position with only ½ mile from the finish, with ex-Scottish internationalist Colin Youngson of Forres AC looking to have opened up an uncatchable gap.  With encouragement from team members, Robert picked up the pace and steadily closed the gap, but it wasn’t until the final 50 metres that he finally moved in to the bronze medal position, to secure his first individual age group medal.

Robert Anderson on his way to M65 bronze.

Robert Anderson on his way to M65 bronze.

The 2nd race was a 2-lap 8k course for the M40-M60 age groups, and the weather appeared to worsen with driving sleet adding to the challenging conditions. Indeed one athlete from another club required medical help before the race.

Kerry-Liam was aiming to secure the overall title for the 3rd time in 5 years, and his 4th M40 age group title in a row. He took the lead from the gun, and led the field through the worsening conditions into the head-on wind and sleet. As Kerry-Liam upped the pace, only Bill Richardson of Irvine AC could keep in touch, with Keith Hood & Gordon Clarke of Corstorphine AC battling it out for the bronze. Whilst Kerry-Liam had opened up an early gap, at one stage on the 2nd lap Billy caught up with Kerry-Liam before Kerry-Liam forged ahead once again. Kerry-Liam had taken a heavy fall as he hit a muddy part of the course at the start of the 2nd lap but recovered enough to stay ahead, and eventually finished only 8 seconds ahead of his impressive Irvine rival, who also took a tumble near the end. Keith Hood secured the bronze in 3rd place. In many ways this was Kerry-Liam’s most impressive performance at these championships, and his efforts and the effects of the weather were evident post race.

Kerry-Liam and Billy battle it out at Hawick

Kerry-Liam and Billy battle it out at Hawick

Kerry-Liam after making a decisive break.

Kerry-Liam after making a decisive break.

Meanwhile Kenny MacPherson was cutting through the field with a great 2nd lap, and he secured his first individual medal as he finished in 16th place and 3rd M45 overall, coming in as 2nd counter for the club. Next home and 1st M55 was Colin Feechan in 23rd place, and Scott Hunter was our final counter in 40th place, only 2 places ahead of the fast finishing Mick O’Hagan. Frank Hurley had his usual titantic battle with rival and friend Andy McLinden of Hamilton Harriers for the M60’s title, with Frank retaining his gold medal and Andy easily securing the silver. Next over the line were Paul Thompson, Dave Thom and Alick Walkinshaw but none of them were pleased with their runs as they succumbed somewhat to the conditions, but whilst others (including internationalists) stepped off the course our guys persevered to finish. Many runners described this as the worst race conditions they had encountered, “brutal” and “unforgiving” were some of the kinder comments heard.

Unfortunately due to a mix up in the start times printed on the course map, and mistakenly confirmed on the course by one of the stewards, one of our leading athletes missed the start and did not compete. However, this hiccup should not detract from the magnificent job completed by the stewards on the day, and of the work completed by Alex Jackson and his team once again in organising the event, through to production of the results, a great asset to Scottish Athletics.

RHC were well beaten into 2nd place in the overall team race by Corstorphine AC, who were worthy winners with Keith Hood, Gordon Clarke, Stuart Campbell and Richard Lewis securing the title. Likewise Portobello RC deservedly secured the Over 50’s team title, led by Peter Buchanan (3rd M50) and Willie Jarvie (3rd M55), and supported by Steve Crane.

Race winner and M40 gold medallist Kenny-Liam

Race winner and M40 gold medallist Kenny-Liam

Kenny MacPherson on his way to M45 bronze

Kenny MacPherson on his way to M45 bronze

Kenny Mac storming through the field.

Kenny Mac storming through the field.

Colin running well on the 1st lap.

Colin running well on the 1st lap.

Colin on his way to the M55 gold despite feeling the conditions.

Colin on his way to the M55 gold despite feeling the conditions.

Scott mixing it on the 1st lap.

Scott mixing it on the 1st lap.

Scott securing 4th counter despite close attention behind.

Scott securing 4th counter despite close attention behind.

Frank opening up a gap as leading M60 on the 1st lap.

Frank opening up a gap as leading M60 on the 1st lap.

Frank Hurley well on his way to retaining his M60 gold.

Frank Hurley well on his way to retaining his M60 gold.

Mick finishing strongly.

Mick finishing strongly.

Paul mixing it on the 1st lap.

Paul mixing it on the 1st lap.

Paul fighting the elements.

Paul fighting the elements.

Dave digging in on the 1st lap.

Dave digging in on the 1st lap.

Dave on the 2nd lap.

Dave on the 2nd lap.

Alick finding his 1st Masts XC champs challenging.

Alick finding his 1st Masts XC champs challenging.

Frank receiving his gold medal for winning the M60 title.

Frank receiving his gold medal for winning the M60 title.

Team runners-up - Kenny, Scott, Colin and Kerry-Liam

Team runners-up – Kenny, Scott, Colin and Kerry-Liam