The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon on the 29th of September saw a number of good performances from PRR runners. James Fotheringham completing in 3.17.40, Steven Bonthrone in 3.32.57, Stuart Robertson in 3.00.36, Debie Jackson 4.41.46 and Chris Paton in 3.57.16. The same day at the Giffordtown 5k road race Mark Leach lead the Perth field around the course in a time of 19.15, closely followed by Barry Campbell in 20.23. Paul Grace finished with 20.36 with Nicola Crowe just behind in 21.14. Mel Macrae finished in 21.44 and was followed by Bob Brown in 22.32, Beth Gripton and Sue Jones in 24.01, Susan Smith 25.43, Fiona Hair 25.52, Linda O’Neil 26.10, Dale Sipple 29.03, Rhona McBean 29.52 and Fiona Morrison in 31.27.
The following Sunday the 6th of October saw the return of the Great Scottish Run with a new route through Glasgow passing some of the 2014 Commonwealth games venues, with runners competing against a number of quality international elites, and home grown talent including Andrew Lemoncello. There was a number of notable performance on the day from the clubs members including Myles Bax who clocked 1.16.04 and finished in 16th overall, Greg Simpson also clocked a fast time in 1.17.58 taking 44th overall whilst Duncan Ryan produced another quick time in 1.24.58 grabbing himself a place in the top 150 runners, from a field of over 12,000. Chris Paton finished in 1.46.52, whilst Lynne Murphy recorded a time of 2.23.52.
Meanwhile on slightly sunnier shores it was the turn of club member Peter Ritchie to add another marathon time to his 2013 season, completing the Melbourne marathon in 4 hours. Duncan Ryan also added another to his record sheet posting a time of 3.01.49 at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday the 13th of October.
Perhaps one of the most eagerly anticipated events within the UK running and athletics fixtures list, the BUPA Great North Run on Tyneside which features the symbolic Tyne Bridge which runners must cross was held on Sunday the 15th of September saw a trio of runners from Perth competing on the day. Barry Campbell 1:37:17, Richard Ward 1:43:48 and Caroline Ness in 2:24:06.
The Braemar Half Marathon held on the same day and in similarly wet and windy conditions saw Neil Muir record a time of 1hr 26min 26sec and 6th place overall and 1st supervet, and Duncan Ryan finish in 1hr 27min 51 (8th overall).
The City of Stirling 10K held on the same day attracts a large filed of athletes from across Scotland to compete over the 10km course. Perth Road Runners were well represented on the day. Stuart Robertson lead the PRR runners with a time of 37.56 and was followed closely by James Fotheringham in 35.18. Simon Grieshaber finished in 41.19, with Claire Douglas just behind in 41.56. Nicola Crowe finished in 44.26, with John Rudd just 2 seconds behind in 44.28. Allison Brown clocked a time of 47.08 with Sue Jones chasing her in 47.23, whilst Hugh Daly finished in 47.34. Amy Greig posted another quick time of 48.40 with Beth Gripton in 51.44. Susan Smith finished in 53.56 ahead of Lind O’Neil in 54.19 and Fiona Hair in 54.45, whilst Alan Robertson finished in a time of 56.40. Daillle sipple finished in 59.18 ahead of Kirsty Johnston in 1.01.47 and Rhona McBean in 1.03.52. Whilst Jean McCullough and Fiona Morrison could only be separated by a second finishing in 1.06.24 and 1.06.25 respectively.
Further results from the highland Perthshire Half Marathon which was held recently in Aberfeldy include those of Stuart Robertson in 1hr 22min 43sec, Mel MacRae 1hr 52min 23sec, Beth Gripton 1hr 56min 36sec and Sue Jones who completed in 1hr 56min 37sec.
Often billed as one of the fastest 10ks in Scotland, the Bellahouston Road Runners, Jimmy Irvine Bella 10k was held on Sunday the 1st of September. Perth Road Runners’ Angela Irving was again on form with a time of 40.40, a pace which also saw her secure a top 30 spot on the day.
The club was also recently represented in both the Highland Perthshire Marathon and Half Marathon on Saturday the 7th of September. James Fotheringham posted another notable performance, finishing the 13.1 mile half marathon in a time of 01.27.07. Full results to follow.
London 2012 was a source of inspiration for runners across the country, and Perth Road Runners were no different. Once again the club will aim to break the 4 minutes for the mile, with teams of 3 competing in a relay baton race around Perth’s North Inch. Teams must therefore attain a 6 minute lap to cover the 1.5 mile distance. If you feel you’ve got the speed, club will host the relay on Thursday the 26th of September at 18.30.