Updated: 2010-08-02

The successful season for Lothian Running Club athletes on the Highland Games circuit continued on Sunday[Aug 1] at the Montrose Games on the East Links.

Robert Inglis took the days top prize by racing to victory in the S.H.G.A. 3200 Metres Championship, Robert went for it from the gun and soon built up a commanding lead with 2009 champion Craig Robertson from Pitreavie AC trailing in second place.

The Lothian athlete maintained a strong pace throughout the 10 laps of the race and none of his five rivals were able to put in a serious challenge as he crossed the line half a lap ahead of Robertson in second place breaking the tape in 10 minutes 15.75 seconds.

After the race Robert was presented with the winners gold medal by Games chieftain Mme Tan Xiutian the Chinese Consul General in Scotland.
Later in the afternoon Robert rounded of a good days work with victory in the Open 1600 metres Handicap, starting from the backmark off 55 metres he was giving away big starts to all his rivals including his sister Mhairi who was off the front mark off 250 metres, Robert however timed his run to perfection and gradually reeled in all his rivals before hitting the front coming off the final bend and crossing the line in 4 minutes 26 seconds with Mhairi staying on strongly for second.

It was also a good day for Mhairi who is gradually getting fitter and showing a bit of form, like in the 1600 metres, she led for much of the way in the 800 metres Handicap before being overhauled in the closing stages by eventual winner Tommy Ashby, Innerleithen and once again placed a good second.

Nicola Kellock was the only club athlete in action in the three Youth’s races and she got a prize in each, she qualified through to the final of the 90 metres by finishing 3rd in her heat before going on to take 6th place in the final.
In the 200 metres and 800 metres the Livingston runner came home in 4th and 6th places respectively.

Shane Fenton

Lothian Running Club