The 49th running of the Allan Scally Road Relay saw a new venue and a new format. Generous sponsorship from Webhelp, our retail partner Run4it and support from Glasgow Sports Council and Arnold Clark allowed a generous prize list and attracted teams from throughout Scotland. The race saw 91 full teams finish and 106 started. This again highlights the growth in our sport when a club race can attract as many teams as finished the Scottish Championships 4/6 stage Relay staged in 2018. The Allan Scally Road Relay has seen the cream of Scottish distance runners such as Lachie Stewart ,Nat Muir ,John Robson ,Alistair Hutton,Frank Clements ,Graham Williamson, Andrew Butchart, Callum Hawkins ,Lynn McDougall and Eilish McColgan to name a few who have competed in this event over the years.
National Cross Country team champion’s ,Central AC, made the trip from Stirling to take the Men’s Cup, adding to their win in 2012. Ally Hay, a great servant to his club, put his club into the lead on the first leg recording the fastest time of the day of 14.51 with a strong wind slowing him on the return section of the race. We are sure his club mate, Andrew Butchart, who was in the winning team in 2012 was shouting him on from the Emirates Arena. Central AC then went on to win with Hamish Hickey,Conan McCaugh and Dale Colley pulling away from host club, Shettleston Harriers, with Edinburgh University taking 3rd place and the Scottish Students Relay title .
Edinburgh AC took the M40 prize with Cumbernauld AC the M50 title.
1st Central AC 1.01.46
2nd Shettleston Harriers 1.02.37
3rd Edinburgh University 1.03.20
Scottish Students Championships
1st Edinburgh University 1.03.20
2nd Glasgow University 1.05.08
3rd Aberdeen University 1.05.38
Fastest lap Ally Hay Central AC 14.51
It was a case of turning the tables in the ladies race when Shettleston Harriers came out in top from a Central AC team. Both teams had a strong international flavour to their teams with Irish internationalist, Fionnula Ross (Shettleston) and ,Commonwealth games athlete, Morgan Millar ( Central AC) both running the last leg for their teams. Student team Glasgow University took 3rd place adding the Scottish Students title to their collection. Initial thoughts would be that one of the athletes from Shettleston or Central would have ran the fastest female lap but hiding away in a composite team on leg 1 Elsepth Curran ran 16.34 , Morgan Millar 16.42 and Fionnula Ross 16.47.
Kilmarnock Harriers took the W40 prize with Springburn Harriers W50 prize
1st Shettleston Harriers 1.09.54
2nd Central AC 1.11.09
3rd Glasgow University 1.13.27
Scottish Students Championships
1st Glasgow University 1.13.27
2nd Edinburgh University 1.13.44
3rd Glasgow University 1.21.38
Fastest Lap Elsepth Curran 16.34
For the first time a corporate team race took place with in the race which saw a win for Hoppy Brown Treat Men team from GRL on Tour Men team and the sponsors works team Webhelp taking 3rd place.This was supported by Run4it who generous 15% discount voucher is still available on the club website via the Allan Scally link.
The Scally Family and the club would like to thank everyone who made the effort to support the race in any way they did.The 2020 will be the 50th running of the race and plans are already underway to mark this occasion. We are please to confirm Webhelp have already confirmed they will sponsor the 2020 event. These events can only be promoted with this kind of support. A big thanks to them.
Meanwhile Saturday at Hopetoun saw the Scottish Schools Cross Country Championships. Johnny Burns picked up the bronze medal in his age group race , well done Johnny. Others results : 17th Erin Ellor, 20th Gregor Campbell and 70th Theo Carter in their age groups.
On Friday saw the Under 13 and Under 15 boys competing at the Scottish 4 x 200m Relay Championships which were part of the European Indoor Championships at the Emirates. First up were the Under 13 boys of Ethan Ofeogbu, Adam Clifford , Matthew Fox and Jonathan Hooper (Reserve Callum Thomson), the high five from Michael Johnson seemed to inspire the boys as they finished 4th in a new club record of 1.59.19 placing them 9th in the UK rankings. Birthday boy, Ruaridh Campbell, was first up for the Under 15 boys, followed by Maynard Conteh, Jay Millar and Michael Conteh (Reserve David Woods) who also finished 4th in 1.50.36. After the races the boys got to watch a great evening of athletics with a 3000m Gold Medal for Laura Muir.
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