Updated: 2010-01-26

Following on from her East of Scotland league win the previous week, Lothian Running Club’s Sarah Inglis turned in another sterling performance to claim the individual race victory as well as spearheading the Scotland team to gold medals in the Under-20/Under- 17 race in the Celtic Nation’s Cross Country International at Antrim in Ireland on Saturday.

The Greenmount Campus was shrouded in fog and conditions underfoot for the athletes was very muddy in places.

At the end of the opening lap of the 3.6km course Sarah had established a 20 metre advantage, upping the pace in the latter stages of the race she extended her lead to 80 metres with half a mile to run before going on to break the winning tape in 13 minutes 41 seconds, some seven seconds clear of her Scottish colleague Beth Duff who finished runner up in 13 minutes 48 seconds.

And with the third counting runner Hollie Young coming home in 7th place Scotland had clinched the team gold medals and retained the title from 12 month’s ago in Wales.

”I’ve only had one race back before this” a delighted Sarah said after the race. ”i thought i was in decent shape and that i should give it a go, but i’ve not been doing track sessions and i wasn’t really able to judge my times or overall fitness, i cant actually believe it, it just feels so good to be back racing”.

Meanwhile club athletes were in action elsewhere at the weekend.

Lothian Running Club fielded a male, a female and a mixed team at the 31km Devil’s Burden’s Hill Relay’s in Fife on Saturday.

The event which starts and finishes in the picturesque village of Falkland is probably the most popular hill running event staged in Scotland.

This years race attracted a record 700 runners which equated to 120 teams of six covering four stages with the first and third stages run in pairs.

The three club teams performed creditably with the Men’s team in 19th place, the mixed team came home in 43rd with the Ladies 69th overall and 7th female team.

The Men’s race was won by Shettleston and the Women’s by Ochil Hill Runners.

Here are the results for the Lothian teams.
19th [Leg 1] David Eades, Scott Nelson 45.04[Leg 2] Darren Thomson 31.48. [Leg 3] Robin Galloway,Alistair Robertson 1:09.46.[Leg 4] David Berrill 30,02. Total 2:56.40.

43rd Robin Morris, Jim Alexander 53.31, Lorna Eades 35.08, John Malcolm, Tosh Brannen 1:21.45. Louise Crilley 27.07.

68th Jill Horsburgh, Saran Jones 54.09, Alison McQuillen 49.53, Lynne Murray, Edel Mooney 1:11. 19. Helen Murray 36.02
Half a dozen Club athletes were among an excellent turnout of 200 at this weeks [23rd Jan] Edinburgh 5k Parkrun.

Robert Inglis who was making his debut at the weekly event was the highest placed club finisher in third place overall and first Junior [15-19], Robert completed the 5k course along the Cramond-Silverknowes waterfront in 16 minutes 03 seconds.

Two places further back in fifth place was Brian Turner[35-39] 16.21.

Making it four Lothian runners in the top twenty were Graeme Ackland[45-49] and Scott Balfour[60-64] who both set new PB’s, Graeme was a massive 102 seconds quicker than his previous best in finishing in 14th place in 18.15.
Scott broke through the 19 minutes mark to come home in 20th position in 18.54.

Making up the club’s male representation was veteran Ian Leggat[70-74] who got round in 22,28 for 77th place.

Lana Turnbull who is becoming a parkrun regular was the club’s only female entrant and she finished third female and first Junior [15-19]Lana’s time of 20.40 was only 4 seconds outside her PB for the course.

Shane Fenton

Lothian Running Club