Sunday, 2 April 2017

Tom Scott - 10 Mile Scottish Champs at Strathclyde Park

Scott, Magnus and I (Colin) made the trip to Strathclyde Park by Motherwell to take part in the Tom Scott 10 Mile Race which is the Scottish Championship race over the distance. Scottish Athletics publicised it as the strongest field in years with Olympic Marathoner Derek Hawkins one of the leading runners taking part. Conditions were good, about 12 degrees and a gentle breeze for the course that loops Strathclyde Loch.

As it happened we weren't able to worry the front runners too much and the race was won by Shettleston's Wayney Ghebresilassie in 49:40. Full results here. Our results were:

Athlete Name
Chip Time
Colin Williams
Christopher Skea

Scott set off fastest and by about a mile Colin and Scott were running together, never getting much of gap until the final mile, but showing some good form with a very solid run.
Personally I am delighted to have dipped under the 1 hr mark by the smallest of margins. It was touch and go battling against tired limps in miles 8 and 9, and I had to dig really deep. I could see the clock counting up in the last 50m and was thrilled to get over the line in a sprint. I'd set the sub 60 as a goal for 2017 so it's nice when it comes off. It was also a blast from the past being at Strathclyde Park as I spend a huge amount of time on the water training and racing there two decades ago as part of the Edinburgh University rowing team - and they were there today as we racing around the outside.

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