Lothian Running Club ladies once again excelled in the latest event at Almondvale, Livingston, on Sunday with the quartet of Jocelyn Moar, Chloe Cox, Sarah Inglis and Edel Mooney showing excellent form to claim bronze medals in the senior women’s race.
The race is run in alternating short legs (3.15 miles) and long legs (5.8miles).
Jocelyn Moar led the team off on the opening short stage and kept the team well in touch and handed over to Chloe Cox to run the first of the long legs in 11th place.
Chloe produced an excellent run and was soon reeling in a number of her rival teams and, by the time she handed over to third leg runner Sarah Inglis, the team had progressed up to fifth place.
With the club’s two course record holders Inglis and Mooney running the final two legs a podium position was on the horizon, and neither disappointed with the pair of them producing runs which saw them record the fourth fastest times of the day for their individual legs.
Sarah who was only seconds outside her course best time overhauled the runner from Fife AC to hand the baton over to Edel to run the final long leg in fourth place.
The Lothian club’s anchor runner has had a vintage winter season and that was maintained with another majestic performance which saw her pass the third place runner from Edinburgh AC (C Team) and was rapidly closing down the second placed runner from Central AC but the winning line came too soon so had to settle for third place and the bronze medals.
Edel’s final leg time of 34 minutes four seconds was also a new club record time beating her previous best by 11 seconds.
The club also fielded a B team and an incomplete team in the women’s race and two teams in the senior men’s race in which Max McNeil ran the 10th fastest time of the day over the short leg.
The teams from Edinburgh AC (A team) and Central AC were the respective winners of the women’s and men’s races.
CLUB RESULTS: Senior women - A team, 3 - Jocelyn Moar (20m 48s), Chloe Cox (35.27), Sarah Inglis (18.04), Edel Mooney (34.04), total time 1h 50m 26s; B team) 13th and 3rd vet - Lynne Murray (21.38), Shona Young (43.24), Saran Jones (21.40), Christine McVarish (40.20). Total time 2h 07m 2s; C team - Lana Turnbull (21.04), Jo Hall (37 30). Twenty-three full teams completed.
Senior Men: A team -16th Max McNeil (16.19), Colin Partridge (32.53), Stephen Malcolm (18.48), Scott Nelson (36.09), Alan Moffat (19.49), Donald Shaw (37.56). Total time 2h 41m 54s. B team - 30th Chris Northam (20.53), Peter West (40.45), Ian Leggett (24.43), Jim Alexander (42.31), Cliff Dicker (24.09), Paul Young (26.01). Total time 3h 11m 27s. Thrity-four full teams completed.
A Lothian AC club member has completed what is described as ”the world’s most beautiful marathon”.
On the morning of Easter Saturday, at 6.30am Suzanne Matonti set off to cover the 56kms of the 44th running of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra-Marathon in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Ultra Marathon Route is actually quite flat for the first 28 kilometers and then starts to climb quickly as one approaches the start of Chapman’s Peak.
From Hout Bay, the route climbs again to the highest point at Constantia Nek.
Thereafter the route is undulating until the finish at UCT.
This is a marvellous achievement by Suzanne who covered the gruelling course in 4 hours 49 minutes 02 seconds.
Four years ago this past weekend she was part of the club quartet who won silver medals at the road relay championships in Livingston.
Lothian Running Club can boast another Scottish champion in their ranks.
Scott Balfour took the over-60 title in Sunday’s Scottish 50km championship at Perth.
Scott, who also finished 11th overall, covered the course within North Inch Park in 3 hours 59 minutes 28 seconds.
Finishing not far behind Scott in 13th position was Colin Meek in 4 hours 05 minutes 1 second.
A total of 41 runners completed the race.
By Shane Fenton