Tuesday, May 24, 2005

IANS LOCH LEVEN REPORT

Nine senior members of Dunbar Running Club joined over 600 other athletes in the Loch Leven Half Marathon on Saturday 21 May 2005. With the prospects of a flat course and good running conditions expectations of prizes and personnel best times where anticipated. However the weather conditions on arrival were not quite as hoped, a slight breeze combined with warm temperatures meant that hopes of good running times were going to be difficult. Ian Rowland again showed his true form by finishing in the medals. He was 8th overall and 1st over 40 year old male in a time of 1:20:16 somewhat slower than his personal best set earlier in the year but never the less an impressive run. Anne Hay was also on the podium taking 2nd place in the female veterans category posting a time of 1:38:40, she was 157th overall. Ian Sills was the second Dunbar runner to finish. Still recovering from his good run in the Edinburgh to North Berwick race a fortnight earlier, he was again a little off his best time. He finished in 16th place in a time of 1:21:29. Stuart Hay continued with his improving form finished in a Personal Best time of 1:28:23 to take 63rd overall place. Over 60 year old runner Joe Bourhill ran a good race to finish 268th in a time of 1:47:07. The second Dunbar lady runner to finish was Karen Page. Despite having some niggling injuries worries Karen finished just under the 2 hour mark with a time of 1:59:25 to take 415th place overall. Sheila Morrison was just a few places behind Karen to finish in 422nd place in a time of 2:00:13. Theresa Lesley in her first ever Half Marathon ran with fellow club member Sheila Kerr for most of the race. Theresa finished in 484th place in a time of 2:08:27 and Sheila one place behind in a time of 2:07:53.

All Dunbar runners enjoyed a much needed post race meal at a local Kinross Hotel and spent the return journey debating how the race could have been if only .......