Saturday was a glorious hot sunny day – ideal for lying out in the garden, with a cold drink, maybe not so ideal for racing, but it didn’t stop seven Dunbar runners taking part in the ASICS Haddington 5 mile road race. Stuart Hay finished 8th overall in 29:24, taking the trophy for first East Lothian veteran, with Steve Pattison taking the prize for first MV50 with 34:05. Brian Davidson had another good run with 35:16, Neil Jones 38:29, Frank Weissgerber 38:52, Anne Hay 39:06 (taking the 1st FV45) and Keith Mills 63:55.
Sunday 30th saw Sheila Morrison taking part in the Campbeltown Half Marathon with a time of 2:10:06 – another hot day, over a hilly course, taking in part of the beach. Sheila recently became a Grandmother for the first time – a lovely girl – so a big "Congratulations" to Sheila. Also on the same day, Clarissa ran the Druridge Bay 10K, a beautiful multi-terrain run taking in part of the beach and again, run in lovely conditions – highly recommended!
The day before, Steve Pattison took part in his 18th Edinburgh Park Run – his best time to date is 19:28. Keep up the good work Steve.
Another scorching day for the Edinburgh Marathon on 23rd had Stuart Hay finally achieving sub 3 hours, finishing in 2:59:11. Neil Jones looked very comfortable finishing in 3:49:12. The half marathon, which was run ahead of the Marathon had Jane Timms achieving a PB with a time of 1:58:38 – ten minutes quicker than her anticipated time. Lee Curtis competed in the race too along with new members Stephanie Gilmartin (2:16:52) and Margaret Maxwell (2:16:57).
On the 16th Sheila Morrison ran the Oxford Town and Gown 10K in 57:15. The very popular, colourful event is run round the colleges and the narrow streets of Oxford, with all proceeds going to the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. Sheila also took part in the Glasgow Women’s 10K the previous weekend with a time of 56:56.
Lee Curtis went through snow, wind, rain and sun to finish the Stuc A Chroin 5000 in 3:32:24 on 1st May. The 5000 represents the climb in feet which the race takes in and is now in it’s 22nd year. Well done Lee – one to consider next year all you hill runners!