Updated: 2010-08-24
There was a big turn out of Lothian Running Club members in action at the Crieff Highland Gathering on Sunday.
And for the first time this season on the Games circuit the club failed to produce a winner.

With prizes in every race however going down to six places many still returned home with something to show for their efforts.

In the Open 90 metres Handicap Darren Thomson won his heat which qualified him through to the cross-ties where he was eliminated.
John McStewart, Armadale and grand daughter Sarah Stewart Blackburn both exited in the heats.

Later in the afternoon Thomson won through to the final of the Open 200 metres Handicap where he finished in fifth place.

The 800metres attracted a big entry of 17 runners, and owing to her recent wins at previous games over this distance, Mhairi Inglis had to to run from a reduced handicap, in a bunch finish she crossed the line in fifth place with brother Robert in sixth and sister Sarah in eighth.

All three then lined up for the 1600 with Robert coming home best in fifth place.

In the longer 3200 metres Sarah ran her best race of the day, finishing as she did at Perth the previous week, in a good third place with Robert not far behind in fourth place.

With only a handful of games remaining Robert leads the SHGA points league for races over 1600 and 3200 metres with Darre Thomson at the head of affairs in the 90/200 league.

The club were also well represented in the Youth events at Market Park, Nicola Kellock,Livingston and Hannah Stewart Blackburn both went out at the heat stages of the 90 metres, later in the day they were joined in the 200 metres by Lauren Arbuckle Addiewell and brother and sister Iain and Alice Horsburgh, Winchburgh when again in very competitive fields they all failed to make it through the heats.

In the 1600 metres Lauren Arbuckle made it into the prizes in sixth place with Hannah Stewart and Iain and Alice Horsburgh just missing out.
Hannah is currently in second place in the SHGA points league for youths in races over 400 metres.

The season continues on Thursday[26th]with the Argyllshire Gathering in Oban and on Saturday with the Birnam Highland Games in Perthshire.

Shane Fenton

Lothian Running Club