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Tom Scott Memorial 10 mile road race

05/04/2015

On a very warm and sunny Easter Sunday, 13 Dumfries Running Club members lined up in a field of 300 in the Tom Scott 10 road race, the second counting event in the DRC Grand Prix series for the year...

This 10 mile race, which incorporated the Scottish 10 mile road race championships, has long been a fixture in the Scottish running scene. Originally it ran from the village of Law to Motherwell in a point to point race and commemorates one of Lanarkshire’s most promising athletes who lost his life in a traffic accident. In its original form it involved cutting across dual carriageways, traversing roundabouts and dodging articulated lorries and was changed over a decade ago to a safer route within the confines of Strathclyde Park.

The best DRC performance came from Ian Liffin who gained a gold plus award for his excellent run in 57.55, a time that placed him only 38th in the very high quality field. In a well-paced run Niall Campbell dipped under the hour benchmark by 6 seconds and Kevin McCaig gained a gold plus award with a very swift 61.16.

Sandy Shankland showed that he is well on schedule for the London Marathon with a gold plus award in 65.09, now that he is in a new age category and Danny Queen was initially frustrated that his excellent run in 67.20 was marginally short of a gold plus standard time.

Female club captain Sue Jeffrey had a superb run in 75.27 to gain her first ever bronze award and Susan Gallagher ran steadily throughout in 80.26 in her fastest 10 mile race for four years. Linda Oates ran well in 81.43 as did Fiona Jardine and Jo Needham who ran most of the way in close attention with Fiona in 83.35 heading Jo by 17 seconds at the end. Gemma Leadbetter used the race as pace judgement for the London marathon in 87.13 and kept well to her pre-race plan.

Sid Oates ran an even paced race in 91.59 as did Margaret Laurie who thoroughly enjoyed her run in 98.11, especially as she was cheered in by all the rest of her club mates. Thanks also go to Stephen Mohan and Les Hill for their on course support and encouragement.

Stephen Mohan

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