second race in the Babcock 10k Series had already broken records before the
starting horn was pressed by Babcock Graduate Trainee Hamish Wallace,
Commonwealth Champion Lachie Stewart and Scottish Cross Country Champion, Adam
Craig, who was second the week before in Helensburgh. 804 entries, 601 starters
and an impressive 598 finishers added up to a magical night of athletics on the
roads and cycle paths of Dumbarton.
Bright and breezy conditions met the runners as they lined up near Dumbarton Academy. Luke Traynor, the GB International from Giffnock North, looked in great shape as he warmed up the and the usual clutch of talented young athletes from Shettleston, backed up by ‘old hand’ Paul Sorrie twice winner of the Helensburgh 10k.
The women’s race was ‘fully loaded’ with top international talent, Series Record Holder and Irish International, Fionnuala Ross from Shettleston, looked like she meant business, whilst last week’s winner from Helensburgh, Annabel Simpson from Fife, was looking for two in a row. Elspeth Curran last year’s runner up was looking for a fast race and last year’s Champion, Katie White from Garscube, was returning to racing after an injury niggle.
Within 100 metres of the start Luke Traynor was already a few yards ahead and powering along at an impressive 2.55 per kilometre. He was chasing Tewelde Mengisteab’s 10 year old course record of 29.40 and the bonus and prize money of £300 if he broke the record in celebration of Dumbarton Athletic club’s centenary.
Craig Ruddy, Sean Fontana and the young Shettleston duo of Lewis Raeburn and Jamie Burns gave chase but the Giffnock man was not hanging around for anyone. He relentlessly clicked off sub 3 minute kilometres despite the windy conditions and stretched his lead to 1 minute 37 seconds by the finish stopping the clock in 29.55 only 15 seconds short of his elusive target but a fine run nevertheless. He picked up the Scottish Athletics West of Scotland title into the bargain.
Craig Ruddy was clear in second and Lewis Raeburn was third for the second week in a row and pretty much unstoppable in pursuit of the series title. Sean Fontana in fourth and Jack Letson in tenth secured the team title for Inverclyde ahead of Shettleston.Team members for the club were Lewis (3),Jamie Burns(5th) and paul Sorrie (16th)
Fionnuala Ross was chasing Jennifer Wetton’s Course Record of 35.28 to hit the record bonus and her own 34.25 for a series best. After early forays by Annabel Simpson and Elspeth Curran Fionnuala took control and ran away in confident style. She came home in 34 minutes exactly to hack 1.28 from the course record and 25 seconds from her series record. She was chased home by Elspeth Curran in second who was also a minute in side the old record in 34.27 and Annabel Simpson in third in 35.14 who leads in the series. Five women under 36 minutes demonstrated the strength in depth of the field.
3rd L. Raeburn 32.14 PB, 5th J.Burns 32.51PB, 13th (1st Female) F.Ross 34.00, 16th P.Sorrie 34.15, 20th D.Houston 34.38, 56th A.Gibson 36.47, 60th D.Lowe 37.06, 112th K.Alston 39.25, 144th J.Oates 40.35, 189th J.Haughey 43.16, 213rd R.Millar 44.10, 226th C.Shannon 44.55, 506th J.Harkins 59.17
The Babcock Series now moves to its climactic conclusion with the Babcock Shettleston 10k on Sunday May 26th at 10am. Both the men’s and women’s races are expected to be of the highest calibre and over two thousand runners have already entered the series to date. There is still time to enter at entrycentral.com and fuller details are available at babcock10kseries.co.uk
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