A busy weekend of athletics and road races saw Central’s Morag MacLarty again on top of the podium as she won the Conoco Phillips 5 kilometre road race at the Run Balmoral event. Morag’s 15min 58sec was enough to take victory over Inverness runner and last year’s winner Jenny Bannerman, in a week where Morag’s victory in the 2016-17 Scottish Cross Country Grand Prix was announced. Lewis Miller showed he was back to fitness with his fifth place 16:35 clocking in the Men’s race. Fiona Thompson also came to the fore in the Stena Drilling Tartan 10 kilometre road race finishing in a close-up second place clocking 37 minutes exactly, a fine time on this hilly course.
The London Marathon preparations take over athletes’ lives for months before the event so it was congratulations all round to Central runners Michael Wright running 2 hours 29 mins 33 secs, a debut marathon for Matthew Sutherland (2-36-00), a personal best for Fanni Gyurko (2-41-20), Simon Barlow’s effort saw him finish with 3-36-36 with Allan Gall coming through in 3-48-45 and Kate Weldon, running only her second marathon, to finish with 4-12-34. Kate Gallagher had a superb run for Scotland in the Under-17 version of the London Mini Marathon over 3 miles, finishing eighth with 16min 46secs and ensuring Scotland won team Gold medals.
Closer to home there was a high turnout of Central runners at the Balfron 10K with Under-17 Keir Howlieson taking second overall with 35 min 2 secs. Under-15 runner Gregor McArthur came home ninth with 37-58 while David Eckersley took time away from his organising duties to clock 38-52 in 15th.
The Scottish University and College Athletics Championships saw Central athletes Aidan Thompson and Pete Muirhead representing Stirling University. Aidan started his track season well with an excellent 4 min 2.89 secs clocking to win the 1500 metres title then support the University team in the 4 x 400 metre relay with Stirling taking third. Pete also came home with a medal from his Long Jump of 7.15 metres, a prodigious jump at this stage of the season but having to settle for Silver this time around. Earlier in the day Pete achieved a new 100 metres personal best of 11.10 secs in finishing fifth in a top class 100 metre final.