3rd June 2016
It was another busy weekend on the Road Runners racing calendar starting with Perth parkrun on Saturday morning followed by the Edinburgh marathon festival on Sunday. 23 green vests enjoyed the warm conditions at parkrun with Stuart Robertson finishing second overall in a time of 17:23. Several personal bests were also achieved, including Karen Walters (27:31), Bob Brown (23:24), Roy Mitchell (21:32), Richard Hughes (20:34), Sonjia Crow (20:20), David Stokoe (20:15) and Richard Ward (19:51). Mark Dunn (19:13) did some parkrun tourism at Springburn, Glasgow.
On Sunday, three road runners took part in the Edinburgh marathon. In a field of over 6500 runners, Kevin Rogers finished in 164th place with a time of 3:02:18. He also placed 15th in the 5K race on the previous day in 20:02. Holly Byron-Staples finished the marathon in 3:51:35, while Kenneth G Stewart soon afterwards in 4:03:00, despite running with an injury from mile eight onwards.
A further 12 green vests ran the half-marathon. Duncan Ryan was first PRR home in a new personal best time of 1:21:19, followed closely by Kevin Riddell with PB of 1:23:59. Terry Hislop 1:24:36 was next, followed by Martin McEwan 1:25:13 and James Fotheringham 1:26:39. Richard Ward and Bill Connell also secured PBs of 1:32:01 and 1:34:18 respectively. Callum Maloney 1:45:22 and Pete Ritchie 1:57:06 completed the men’s line-up. Claire Douglas was first female PRR home in 1:34:18, followed by Marlena Nowaczyk 1:41:54, Jilly Morris 1:56:43 and Jo Connell in a new best time of 1:59:02.
Elsewhere, Barry Campbell ran the Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon on May 29th, achieving a time of 4:05:50. He had already started the weekend off with the 5k in a time of 22:53. Lorraine MacPherson completed the Mull of Kintyre 10K race on May 29th in 50:06, a great time on her way back from injury.
On Saturday 4th June, the road runners are undertaking a five-stage relay marathon between Dundee and Perth to support and raise funds for C-R-Y (Cardiac Risk in the Young) and the #4pete memorial trust fund. The charity will ensure free heart tests for hundreds of Perth young people in forthcoming years. The run will start with Dundee parkrun at 9:30 and finish mid-afternoon at the North Inch in Perth.
Tuesday night is the regular club run, leaving Bells at 6:30pm sharp. Thursday’s session is at Deuchny woods, meeting in the Jubilee car park.
10th June 2016
Another busy weekend on the racing calendar starting with the Black Rock ‘5’ race on Friday 3rd June at Kinghorn in Fife. Eighteen Perth road runners lined up among over 1000 competitors, running out over the sand of the Firth of Forth, circling the black rock and beating the tide back to the town, receiving great support from the locals throughout. Kevin Riddell was first green vest with a chip time of 28:34, followed closely by Stuart Fraser 28:45 and Grant Wooler 31:26. Sonjia Crow was first female member home in 32:30, with Nina Roberts 36:54 and Catriona Liddell 41:12.
The following day club members took part in a five-stage marathon relay from Dundee to Perth, raising money for the C-R-Y charity, which promotes the screening of young people for cardiac problems. Beginning with Camperdown parkrun in Dundee at 9:30, the route followed the backroads through Knapp and Kilspindie, finishing in the North Inch park mid-afternoon. Organised by the club secretary, David Stokoe, the charity event has so far raised over £1500.
That morning 12 green vests also participated in Perth parkrun. Michael Carroll was first home with a new PB of 16:01 with Stuart Robertson second with 17:37
Further afield, Kevin Rogers travelled to Sweden to compete in the Stockholm marathon, finishing in a time of 3:20:37. Also on the marathon hunt was Stewart Dallas who tackled Lakeland trails marathon at Coniston in the Lake District. Choosing a tough, hilly trail run for his first marathon, he finished in a time of 5:27:38, commenting: “It was extremely tough and flaming hot!”
Three green vests travelled to the Outer Hebrides to complete the Benbecula Half marathon. Robin Livingstone was first club member home in a time of 1:41:30, followed by Pete Ritchie 2:00:29 and Christine Blyth 2:27:09. At the Haddington 10k road race, Roy Mitchell 45:57 and Daile Sipple 52:40 represented the club, with Daile achieving a new personal best time.
Coastal action continued at the Chariots of Fire 5k at West Sands beach in St Andrews on Sunday. David Stokoe finished in 22:36, followed by Gillian Smith and Linda O’Neill with 29:24, all receiving a well-deserved beer and fudge doughnut for their efforts.
Tuesday night is the regular club run, leaving Bells Sport centre at 6:30pm sharp. For the lighter nights, the Thursday session will be trails and hills at Deuchny woods, meeting in Jubilee car park for a 6:30 start.
17th June 2016
On Saturday 11th June, 48 Perth road runners lined up in the Strathallan five mile road race. As it was part of the club championship, a strong turnout meant that green vests accounted for nearly half of the 100 strong field. The race started and finished in the grounds of Strathallan School, Forgandenny, involving two laps of undulating country roads. In a hugely successful evening, club members claimed all of the podium places in the men’s race and also first place for the females.
Michael McConnell was first with a superb time of 28:22, closely followed by Stuart Robertson 29:03 and Duncan Ryan 29:06. Sarah Douglas was 12th overall and first female in a time of 31:45. Claire Douglas was second club female 33:51 with Julie Ramsay 35:02 third.
At the halfway point in the championship, James Fotheringham currently tops the men’s table, followed by Richard Ward and Stewart Reid. Gillian Smith leads the female table, with Catriona Liddell second and Caroline Hogarth third. Five races remain in this year’s championship with the next one taking place at Sheriffmuir on August 11th.
Thirteen green vests also took part in Perth parkrun on Saturday morning. Kevin Riddell was 6th overall and first club member in a time of 18.39.
Robin Livingstone was the sole representative of the club in the Skye half marathon on Saturday. A tough, hilly route rewarded runners with spectacular views of the Cuillins and Portree. Robin finished in an impressive time of 1.44.05.
Another eventful weekend finished with two road runners participating in the picturesque Strathearn marathon along with 151 other runners. Starting at the Cultybraggan camp, near Comrie, Brian Cooper finished in 3:35:53 with Dave Sinclair on 3:56:37.
24th June 2016
It was another strong turnout of Perth Road Runners at the Glenrothes 10K road race on Sunday 19th June. In a field of over 400 runners, 21 club members competed for points towards the summer series trophy.
Michael McConnell was first club member home and third overall in 35:06, followed soon after by Stuart Robertson, sixth overall, in 36:19 and Duncan Ryan with a new personal best of 37:08.
Sonjia Crow was third overall and first home in 42:39 for the females. Julie Ramsay was next in 43:23 with Fiona Angus clocking 44:03 for third, achieving second and third in their age category respectively.
At the halfway point of the summer series, Stuart Robertson currently tops the men’s table, closely followed by Stuart Fraser and James Fotheringham. For the women, Julie Ramsay currently leads the way with Marianne McLevy second and Gillian Smith third. Three races remain in the series; up next is the Crieff 10K on 10th July, followed by Knockhill, before finishing locally with Perth parkrun on 20th August 2016.
It was another busy Perth parkrun on Saturday 18th June. Twenty green vests participated with Michael Carroll first over the line in 15:42, a new personal best. Elsewhere Kevin Riddell completed Oudtshoorn parkrun in South Africa, where he finished first in 19:50.
Closer to home Margaret McIntosh travelled to Langholm, Dumfries to race in the Muckle Toon Adventure 10K trail race. Finishing first in her age category in a time of 1:09:03, Margaret said “it was tough, hot and hilly but just happy to do it, great weekend.”