6th June 2014
More than 8,000 runners flocked to the Scottish Capital on 26th May as the largest running event in Scotland, the Edinburgh Marathon Festival, took place in the Capital City. On a perfect day for racing, Perth Road Runners tested their marathon training legs on the fast flat marathon course. Starting in the City Centre and finishing in Musselburgh, this marathon is fast becoming one of the most popular in the UK.
Perth’s number 1 and 2 finishers crossed the line just over a minute apart with superb sub 3 hour times of 02:57:02 for Stewart Robertson and 02:58:18 for Duncan Ryan, the latter’s second best ever marathon time. Brian Cooper completed Perth’s Top 3 in a fantastic 03:10:51 while James Fotheringham’s excellent 03:16:09 earned him a PB for the marathon distance. Barry Campbell was the next Perth man home in 03:37:34 shaving a remarkable 25 minutes off his London marathon time a month ago. Julie Ramsay, Perth’s solo female marathon participant, achieved a superb sub 03:45 time of 03:40:01 followed by Mark Leach’s excellent 03:44:00. The next three green vests crossed the line strongly within three minutes of each other with Michael Wilson in 04:00:14, Hugh Daly in 04:00:29 and Bob Brown in 04:03:30.
A week after completing the hilly Windermere marathon last weekend, Kenneth Stewart put in an impressive 04:07:51 to complete all 12 Edinburgh marathons, retaining his place in the prestigious AYE (All Years Edinburgh) Club. David Wood celebrated his 60th birthday year finishing the race in a sub 04.30 time of 04:29:08 while Alan Paterson paced himself impressively to complete his first marathon crossing the line strongly in 05:55:28.
Entries are now open online at Entry Central for the popular Brig Bash 5 Mile Road Race taking place on Wednesday 2nd July at the Bridge of Earn Institute at 7.30pm. The course is fast and flat with great potential for PBs. The renowned Perth Road Runners post race spread with home baking and free tea and coffee will be on offer to help refuel the runners. Further information on The Brig Bash 5 is available on PRRs website www.perthroadrunners.co.uk.
20th June 2014
Michael Wilson set the pace for Perth’s green vests crossing the finish line in a time of 32:15. Less than a minute separated Perth’s top three with James Fotheringham the PRRs runner up in 32:26 and Neil Muir hot on his heels at 33:00. Grant Wooler was in good form at 34:14. Julie Ramsay was Perth’s first lady at 34:49. The next Perth duo achieved sub 40 minute times with Melanie MacRae at just over 38:28 and Kenneth Stewart at 38:54. Amy Greig was next to cross the line for Perth at around 40 minutes. Peter Ritchie put in a fine time of 41:39. Fiona Hair and Susan Smith were neck and neck at 44:35 and 44:49 respectively. The other club finishers were Alan Paterson 50:06, Karen Walters 50:53, Rhona McBean 53:45 and Jean McCullogh and Fiona Morrison finishing together at 60:04.
Three PRRs ventured to Comrie for the third running of the Strathearn Harriers Strathearn Marathon on Sunday 8th June. The route is challenging with about 1500 feet of ascent following predominantly quiet B roads on the south of Strathearn, starting and finishing at the Cultybraggan Camp just outside Comrie. Three excellent Perth performances saw Simon Grieshaber first home for Perth in 3:48:02, followed by Chris Paton in 4:24:15 and Fiona Hair in 4:34:47.
Runners are reminded that the popular Brig Bash 5 Mile Road Race is filling up fast with over 200 entries sold out of a total of 250. The closing date on Entry Central is 25 June, sorry, strictly no entries on the day. The race takes place on Wednesday 2nd July at the Bridge of Earn Institute at 7.30pm. The course is fast and flat with great potential for PBs. The renowned Perth Road Runners post race spread with home baking and free tea and coffee will be on offer to help refuel the runners. Further information on The Brig Bash 5 is available on PRRs website www.perthroadrunners.co.uk.