Success at the SVHC Road Relays

There was a great turnout from the Harriers for the annual SVHC Road Relays at Strathclyde Park on Sunday 27 January.

For many this was the first competitive outing of 2013 and the relays proved to be a happy hunting ground for the Club.

The event is always popular amongst the athletics fraternity and attracts strong teams from across Scotland. It was great to see the number of Harriers who turned out for the Club on a blustery and damp day. The big turnout meant that the Harriers fielded three complete teams and one incomplete team in the men’s V35 category, one incomplete team in the men’s V50 category and three complete teams in the women’s race.

The first leg runners lined up for the 11am start and from the gun the men’s and women’s teams were really competitive. Stevie Prentice was on leg one for the A team and brought the team home in 7th position, clocking 20:41 for the 3.8 mile course. The B team (Gary Stewart 22:31) and C team (Graeme Stewart 23:29) filled the next two places in 8th and 9th respectively. The men's teams battled hard and the A team, Stevie Prentice (20:41), Andy Campbell (leg 2 - 20:51), Brian French (leg 3 – 21:34) and Cris Walsh (anchor leg – 20:42) came home in second position overall to claim silver behind a strong Ronhill Cambuslang team. The B and C teams also showed some strong and consistent running to finish in 13th and 27th respectively, with some fine runs from all. Unfortunately for Ian Macleod and AIan Braidwood the D team couldn’t field a complete team, but a special mention must go to Alan, who had a great run in his first race for the Club, finishing his leg in 23:21.

There was some strong running from the incomplete men’s V50 team, featuring Howie Scott (25:35), Jim McMillan (27:47) and John Softley (29:22).

In the women's race the A team was never far from the front, with Clare Macaulay running a strong first leg to bring the team home in second position in 22:46. Bernie O’Neill held that position (25:21) to hand over to Claire McCracken for the third and final leg. Claire overhauled the Scottish Prison Service’s final leg runner on the far side of the loch and from then on had a lonely run for home, bringing the girls home as champions in 22:46 ahead of Edinburgh AC. Clare and Claire also took the prize for joint second fastest legs overall. The B and C teams also put in some great performances, finishing in 7th and 13th. There was some really strong running from all the girls, but two performances of note were those of Jeni Queen (25:11) in her first race for the Club and Claire McAteer (24:59), both on leg one.

Well done to everyone who ran and also to the supporters who braved the elements and also missed Andy Murray’s Oz Open final – that’s dedication for you!

Full results can be downloaded by clicking here.

Claire McCracken

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