Updated: 2010-06-29

Athletes from both Lothian Running Club and Livingston AC were in action across the Border at the weekend where they were competing for the composite Forth Valley team in the third match of the 2010 National Junior League at the Gateshead Stadium.

It was a fairly successful meeting for the local contingent with some recording wins and others setting new PB’s in events they would not normally be contesting.

Such is the nature of the Junior League in that you are often called to the breach to contest an event that is slightly alien to you, all in the quest of raising points for your team.

This was the case for both Livingston’s Amanda Campbell and Lothian’s Mhairi Inglis who contested the ‘A’ and ‘B’ races in the Women’s 1500 metres Steeplechase, both set new figures for the event with Amanda winning the A race in 5 minutes 22.86 seconds and Mhairi coming home second in the B event in 5:30.56.

Mhairi also ran her fastest ever 400 metres finishing in 6th place in the Women’s A string race in 61.50 seconds.

There was a local double in the Women’s 800 metres, Sarah Inglis’ hectic schedule continued when she dropped down to the shorter distance in the A race and crossed the winning line in a seasons best 2:14.40, with Amanda Campbell taking the B event in 2:17.96.

Later in the day Sarah made it a personal double by racing to victory in the Women’s 1500 metres A race in a comfortable 4:39.25.

The Lothian Club were also represented in the Mens events, Craig McDowell recorded a season’s best in the 800 metres A race in finishing in fourth place in 1:59.18 while Robert Inglis was just outside his PB in the 1500 metres with a 5th place in the A string race in 4:10.39.

Both Max McNeil and Alistair Robertson lined up for the Mens 3000 metres with Max coming home in 6th spot in the A event in 10:01.87 and Alistair in 3rd in the B race in 10:15.49.

McNeil also contested the Mens 2000 metres Steeplechase and finished in 7th place in 7:17.9.

Shane Fenton

Lothian Running Club