Central Athletic Club’s City of Stirling 10K Road Race doubled up as the Scottish Championships and saw a fast competitive race throughout with Central’s runners well to the fore. The Children’s 2K Fun Run also proved to be rich pickings for the local Club with the yellow and blue vest in contention throughout.
Over 800 runners in the 10K enjoyed a flat course in near perfect running conditions, the course starting and finishing at The Peak, heading through Riverside, across the Forth into Cambuskenneth and towards the Wallace Monument before returning on a similar route. There was some strong running at the front of the race where Inverclyde’s Craig Ruddy prevailed in a speedy 30min 15secs followed in by Shettleston’s Tewolde Megnisteab (30.27) while Central’s Alastair Hay (30.48) had to settle for bronze on this occasion. Alex Hendry in eighth with 31.20 and Conan McCaughey in tenth (32.01) ensured Central once again took home the Team gold medals. Top team prize for Central’s Men was aided by Under 20 winner Cameron Harris in twelfth overall (32.08) while other local runners who caught the eye included a personal best by Michael Wright in 14th (32.150, and another top performance by Under 20 Jack Kerr with 35.12.
The Womens race also proved to be a high-class affair with Ireland’s Finnoula Ross coming home first with 34.56 while Hunter’s Bog Trotter Shona McIntosh lifted the Scottish Championship gold with 35.19 and Central’s Fanni Gyurko picked up silver with a fine 35.37 effort. Central’s top finishers of Fiona Thompson (fifth, 36.15) and Patricia Milne (41.52) ensured Central lifted silver team medals behind Edinburgh AC. UK School Games 3000metres champion Katie Gallagher won the Under 17/20 title with a fine debut run in 37.27 and fourteenth overall but was too young to count for the senior team medals.
The 2 kilometre race saw Central’s Keir Howlieson take victory in a classy 6min 45secs. Other local runners included Ben MacMillan in third (7.02), Sandy Holl, fifth (7.13) and Tom Graham-Marr sixth (7.17), all in the Under 15 age group. Daniel Bruce (7.41), Cameron Blance (7.57), James Isgrove (8.00) and Jacob Organ (8.02) were the top local performances in the Under 13 age group. Under 11’s Euan Campbell (8.07), Archie Flett (8.09) and David Kirkpatrick (8.35) will ensure the Club’s middle distance future stays in safe hands. The Girls race saw Kyra Gibb speed through as second Under 13 (7.29) and second overall followed home by another classy run by Amy Kirkpatrick (7.52). In the Under 15 Girls it was Cerys Gilbride (8.09) who led the way with Ruby Simpson (8.32) and Elizabeth Thompson (8.55) also catching the eye. In the Under 11’s it was Elise Graham-Marr (8.33) and Anna MacKinnon (8.52) who led home the Club’s effort. It was great to see the youngsters speeding through to the finish with smiles the order of the day.
A big thank you is once again due to Cental’s team of volunteers who produced a high quality event supported by sponsors, Run-4-It the running shop in Bridge of Allan, Life Fit Physiotherapy from Grangemouth, University of Stirling, EEC Cooling, Highland Spring, Stirling Council, Active Stirling, Graham’s Family Dairy, the Peak, Tunnocks and Network Rail.