SVHC Road Relays

A large turnout of thirty-one Harriers travelled to Strathclyde Park to run the SVHC Road Relays. With the men split into teams of four and the women teams of three, the objective was simple - run the 3.65 mile lap of the loch as quick as possible.

Open to runners aged 35 and over, this race has proved a happy hunting ground in the last few years particularly for the women who have finished 1st, 1st, and 5th in the last three years. The trio of Susan MacRitchie, Erica Christie, and Bernadette O'Neil continued this good run with a third place finish in the twenty-two team field. All three were in the top ten fastest individual times for the day.

Lynne McDowall got the B team off to a good start on the first leg before passing the baton to women's captain Caroline Cochran and Angela Campbell for a sixth place.

In the C and D team's, there were good runs from Suzanne Boyle and Deirdre Hoyle on the opening legs.

The men's race saw a dominant Ron Hill Cambuslang A team post the four fastest individual times to win by five minutes from Kirkintilloch Olympians with Irvine RC in third.

In fourth spot, the Bella men's A team saw Crispin Walsh move up four spots on the last leg courtesy of a 20:12 lap time after good runs from Ian Sim, Brian Douglas, and Craig Lamont. The B team also gained places on the last leg as Brent Brodie's pulled the team from 30th to 27th spot.

Next to finish were the men's 50A team comprising of Alastair Sinclair, Iain Morrison, Andy Cochran, and Francis Gilroy. The team finished 8th in the V50 race and dipped under the 100 minute barrier by twenty-six seconds.

The men's C team saw a racing comeback for Gordon Stevenson as he joined Brian MacFarlane, Robert Carson, and Jimmy McMillan to make up the quartet which took 35th place.

Men's A Team - 4th - 1:25:21: Ian Sim (22:12), Brian Douglas (21:29), Craig Lamont (21:28), Crispin Walsh (20:12).

Men's B Team - 27th - 1:37:38: Paul Houston (24:17), Neil Nairn (24:45), John Cunningham (26:07), Brent Brodie (22:29).

Men's 50A Team - 30th - 1:39:34: Alastair Sinclair (23:52), Iain Morrison (23:17), Andy Cochran (29:56), Francis Gilroy (22:29).

Men's C Team - 35th - 1:46:32: Brian MacFarlane (26:43), Robert Carson (27:59), Gordon Stevenson (22:43), Jimmy McMillan (29:07).

Men's 50B Team - Incomplete: John Softley (33:08), John Beckett (31:11).

Women's A Team - 3rd - 1:13:35: Susan MacRitchie (24:21), Erica Christie (24:31), Bernadette O'Neil (24:43).

Women's B Team - 6th - 1:17:56: Lynne McDowall (24:47), Caroline Cochran (26:11), Angela Campbell (26:58).

Women's D Team - 12th - 1:24:45: Suzanne Boyle (27:04), Nicola Milligan (27:34), Katy Smith (30:07).

Women's C Team - 19th - 1:34:16: Deirdre Hoyle (29:32), Karen Spiers (32:11), Anne MacFie (32:33).

Women's E Team - Incomplete: Liz McGrady (31:03).

Full results can be found here. Photo by Robbie Smith.

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