The eleventh annual West Lothian College 5K Road Race once again attracted a field of runners of all ages and stages, but there was no need for a photo finish at the Livingston-based College campus as experience prevailed to produce two clear local winners.
Competitors of all abilities from up and down the country were on their marks for this year’s event, but the deceptively tough riverside trail slowly took its toll on the early leaders, with the more experienced runners coming to the fore as the race progressed.
A seasoned runner with bags of experience, Brian Turner’s black and gold vest led the field to take the top prize and retain his title from last year with a time of 17.01. Meanwhile, Linlithgow’s Charlotte Fortune won the ladies race with her time of 19:17.
Other prize winners on the night included Angus Gallie, who scooped the Male Master title (+40) in a time of 19.37, and Yvonne Crilly who won Female Master (+45) in 19.58.
Assistant Principal Lindsay Seywright was on hand to present the first finishers with their prizes. She said: “This was yet another fantastic event organised and staged by our HND Fitness, Health & Exercise students who have done a marvellous job in ensuring the annual 5K Road Race went off without a hitch.
“I would like to extend my congratulations to all of the winners, and to everyone who took part in the race. We hope everyone will come back again next year primed and ready for yet another hard-fought race.”
The 5K course was mapped out by the students, running along the River Almond to Livingston Village and back around the College grounds.
For further information on the HND Fitness, Health & Exercise course or any other courses available at West Lothian College please contact 01506 427605 or log-on to www.west-lothian.ac.uk/courses.