The freezing conditions made a last minute change of course necessary as the road conditions made it unsafe for the athletes. A quick calculation and a short jog to the grass course of Mount Vernon Park made a perfect 2.7miles course for the Handicap. Not many of the athletes agreed with Peter Mackie suggestion of 5 laps of the park would be a good work out. Some suggested Peter had iced up the course to help with his bid for victory but new boy Richard Miller had other plans.
As soon as the gun went he left the other runners in his wake as he stormed to victory in front of GB international athlete Tom Owens. Richard was delighted to pick up the Patrick Bannon Cup . It was great to see Tom turning out with his club mates after suffering a horrible run of injuries. His time of 14.01 was the fastest of the day. John Oates just managed to hold off a fast finishing Peter Mackie to clinch the John Howieson Trophy for a record 4th time as the first master across the line. Peter had the consolation of being the fastest master on the day running 15.24. Lewis Raeburn continues to show great improvement running a fast 14.45 over the uneven ground to be 2nd fastest over all and first U/17 athlete. His young team Elise Hollywood was fastest female in a time of 18 mins .
Such was the attraction of the handicap we had a couple of strange requests this year. Mark Curran was unable to make the Saturday event so he ran the road course the day before to record 19 mins 55 secs. Mark McColl on holiday in the Canary Islands ran a 2.7mile course. No time available yet but we think running in 22C he may have had a advantage. Sorry boys no official time keepers where their to verify your times! Better luck next year .
As usual we need to thank everyone helping on the day and Brian Scally for allowing us to use his venue for the event .Close to 40 people enjoyed post
event hospitality after the event. Thanks to the club on providing this. We all hope everyone will have a great Christmas break from work but not training !
Meanwhile Ross Gollan and Lachlan Oates have been selected to represent Scotland in the Antrim International Cross Country races on the 6th January 2018.
Lachlan continues his selection for many events this year as he takes on some of the best international cross country runners in the British Cross Challenge at the event. Ross has gained his first international vest on the country as he runs in U/23 Celtic International Event .The club has had athletes selected for
UK, Scotland ,England and Ireland this year. Congratulations to both of these athletes and all the other athletes who have had representative honours this year.
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