Monday, 22 July 2019

Innerleithen St Ronan's Games 2019 inc Lee Pen Hill Race


Saturday saw the culmination of Innerleithen St Ronan's Games Week with the hosting of the oldest organised athletics meeting in Scotland, Instituted in 1827.

Starting with the Lee Pen Hill Race which includes 1,200 brutal feet of climb and then foot burning descent within the ‘modest’ 3 mile course. The race was won by Alasdair McLeod of Shettleston Harriers in the very quick time of 25:23 in hot and muggy conditions with the morning rain burning off to make the steep, off camber descent particularly slippy and challenging. In a smaller field of 16 runners compared to recent years (30 ran in both 2017 & 18) Alasdair McLeod opened a large gap on the climb and was too far ahead to be troubled by expert descender Brian Marshall (1st Vet) on the return. 3rd place went to Marty Davidson of the Moorfoot Runners club based in the Tweed valley, with team mate Colin Williams finishing 5th to collect the prize for 1st Innerleithen local.

First female home was Sarah Lilleman of Dark Peak Fell Runners with a very impressive 33:16 (7th overall), not far ahead of the home town’s Caroline Wallace in 8th overall, 2nd woman and 1st Vet (35:35) with Carol Fortune of Gala Harriers making up the top 3 and 2nd Vet. Full results below and on Scottish Hill Racing and SHR soon.

Many thanks to Walkerburn resident Bob Johnson, for sponsoring the Hill Race – there is a substantial prize fund for the various placings with the winner collecting £80 for first prize.

In the games field Gracie Linton had a real battle catching, being overtaken and then coming back to take a hard fought 3rd place in the youths mile handicap.

Craig Angus stepping up to senior for the first year had good showings in the 800m and 200m.

Many thanks to Alex and Lauren Corbett for an excellent set of photos showing the hill start here - the album then goes on to the middle distance track races with Craig Angus and Gracie Linton : https://www.facebook.com/alex.corbett.7505/media_set?set=a.10219568684825704&type=3
 

Position
Number
Name
Club
Time
Category
Cat Pos
Local
1
2
Alasdair McLeod
Shettleston Harriers
25:23
MS
1

2
5
Brian Marshall
HELP - Haddington East Lothian Pacemakers
28:39
MV
1

3
10
Marty Davidson
Moorfoot Runners
29:19
MS
2

4
6
James Mercer

30:13
MS
3

5
14
Colin Williams
Moorfoot Runners
31:06
MV
2
Y
6
12
Alastair Massey

32:25
MS


7
3
Sarah Lilleman
Dark Peak Fell Runners
33:16
FS
1

8
7
Caroline Wallace

35:35
FV
1
Y
9
11
Richard Ingram
Garioch Road Runners
36:08
MV
3

10
4
Andrew Goodair
Teviotdale Harriers
37:59
MV


11
15
Carol Fortune
Gala Harriers
39:35
FV
2

12
8
Pippa Wallace

42:15
FS
2
Y
13
16
Rachel Lees

44:19
FS
3
Y
14
13
Jenny Routley

44:42
FV
3
Y
15
9
Hugh McPherson
Tinto Hill Runners
46:10
MV

Y
16
1
Ranj

Not recorded
MS