With the cross country season virtually finished thoughts for many of Central’s endurance athletes have turned to road racing with some considerable success.
Jamie Crowe was again hitting the headlines with a debut run over the half marathon distance in Bath on Sunday 15 March. Jamie has been delivering over ‘the country’ and here proved that road running is well within his compass with a new Central AC club record of 64 minutes 38 seconds, finishing in second place. Luca Fanottoli also made the long journey to Bath and was rewarded with a personal best of 71:04 finishing in 34th place.
The Scottish Young Athletes Road Races were again played out in Battery Park, Greenock also on Sunday 15 March with the normal cold conditions brought about by the strong winds off the Clyde. Here it was Connor Bell who caught the eye with a fine win in the Under-15 Boys race over 4.2 kilometres. With superb back-up from Cameron Kerr (sixth; 13:24) and Cameron MacMillan (12th; 14:06) the Boys won Scottish Championship team gold medals. Euan Docherty brought his normal strong running to the race finishing in 30th place with 14:43. In the Under-15 Girls race Summer MacLean was the sole Central athlete and should be pleased with her 16:10 clocking for 4.2 kilometres finishing in 13th place. Grace Tindall continues to make progress and here came home in 14th place in the Under-17 Girls race with a fine 18:52 clocking over a 4.9 kilometre course. Sam Grivell was challenged by the same 4.9 kilometre course in the Under-17 Boys race coming home in a more than worthy 16:54 in 17th.
Saturday 7 March saw Alastair Hay lead home the Cupar 5 mile road race field in a tasty 24 minutes 33 seconds while Matthew Sutherland came home fourth with 26:18 and it was good to see Kirsten McStay rubbing shoulders with this company finishing in a highly respectable 34:24.
Jennifer Wetton was back challenging at the head of the Inverness Half Marathon on Sunday 8 March finishing in third place in the Women’s race with an excellent 81 minutes 5 seconds while Lewis Millar tested himself in the Men’s race to record 74:17 in 19th overall.
There is also news from the Netherlands where Cameron Milne recently recorded 69 minutes over the half marathon distance.