With the national cross country and 6 stage road relays now passed, attention turned to the endurance runners in the club with one of the main events of the year being the Tom Scott Road races taking place at Strathclyde Country Park.

Over the years the club has consistently featured both in the individual and team medals. Big congratulations goes to Fionnuala Ross who came 2nd in the senior women’s race in a fantastic time of 56.36. In the men’s race for the medals, Lachlan Oates finished in 5th place with a time of 51.31. Johnny Glen of Inverclyde took victory in a time of 49.44.

Other excellent times from the Tom Scott were: Calum Oates 31st 56.42, Kirsty Mann 203rd 1:15:40 , Arlene Mckenna 258th 1:23:03, Joanne Harkins 304th 1:33:40

Fionnuala on her way to silver medal in the Scottish 10 mile championships

South of the border was the Manchester Marathon. The club had representation from the “in form” Chris Mccgarity following his successful cross country season and his sizzling performance in the Inverness Half Marathon. Chris was accompanied by Tom Owens who had decided to swap the mountain trails for some fast paced running in preparation for his upcoming ultra race.

The Manchester Marathon is labelled as the UK’s flattest major marathon, ideal for personal bests and also happened to be the English commonwealth qualifiers. The men’s elite race was won by England’s Johnny Mellor in a time of 2hrs 10min 46 sec.

On his debut, Chris produced a brilliant time of 2:25:24 for 6th place in mass start (around top 30 including elites) with Tom Owens crossing the line in 46th position in mass start (inside top 100 overall) with a very respectable time of 2:30:03. Shettleston’s Ben Fullarton completed the trio with a solid time of 3:33:45.

There was also celebration for success across the parkruns with Matthew Turner coming back to form with 1st place at Linwood in a time of 16.05. David Murphy finished in 8th place at Tollcross in 23.08.

New club member Fergus Donnelly continues to make progress with a PB of 16.45 and 1st place at Victoria Park. At Dean Castle parkrun, James Burns finished in 5th place in a time of 22.01.

Thanks to Mark Mccoll for weekend report and Bobby Gavin for the photos

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