Plenty of new faces were on the startline at the annual Senior Christmas Handicap over the traditional course in Mount Vernon. A cold,windy and wet day slowed the runners around the course. Arlene McKenna lead a trio of new faces across the line winning from Jodie Waite and Alison McDonald. Arlene picked up the Patrick Bannon Cup with her victory (the Bannon name is a famous name in the club history with Patrick’s son Eddie and Grandson Paul winning lots of national titles and international medals including a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games over the Marathon).
Richard Millar claimed the John Howieson Trophy, crossing the line in 4th position but first Master – John Howieson being one of the original founders of the club. This trophy donated to the club by Lt Col Thomas Riddell, Scottish mile champion 8 times between 1925 and 1935.
Fastest time of the day was Lewis Raeburn returning to good form after a injury which has kept him out of racing since October. It was also great to see the McGarrity Brothers back running. Many of the older members will remember the talent of young Chris winning many national medals back in the early 2000’s. Age is no barrier in our sport and throws coach, John Scott, 78 years young, made a return to the Christmas Handicap which he has won in the past. Elise Hollywood recorded the fastest time for a female.
These events cannot take place without the help of club members, a huge thank you to Brian Scally for hosting the event, Elaine Mackay, John Mackay, Raymond Loughran and Tom Owens who organised the course and recorded the results, Jo Scally, our former secretary, who helped in the post race buffet and the helpers who marshalled around the course. As we finish off another successful year for the club we should reflect on the effort these individuals make for the club.
Our major event in 2020 will be the 50th Anniversary of the Allan Scally Relay on the 29th February. The Christmas edition of Scottish Athletics PB magazine features the race. Arnold Black (Scottish athletics historian, has also recorded some details at this link) Ron Morrison , John Mackay and Raymond Loughran are currently working on a more detailed historical site which will include full results, all the press clippings and many different photographs.We hope to have this up and running in the New Year.- Do you have any photos we could use? Try to become involved – run in the race ,buy a ticket for the post event in the West Brewery( tickets available from John Mackay) or help on the day.
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