LOTHIAN Running Club’s Edel Mooney was in celebratory mood after racing to a gold and silver medal at the Scottish Athletics East District cross country championships at Cupar on Saturday.
The Irish internationalist has been in superb form on both road and cross country this autumn and winter and she produced another fine run in Fife.
Edel covered the 6400-metre course over frozen corn-stubble fields in 24 minutes 32 seconds to finish in an excellent second place behind Edinburgh AC’s Sarah Hood in the senior women’s race. This replicated her performance when the event was last staged in Cupar four years ago.
In athletics you are now deemed to be a veteran athlete when you reach the age of 35 and that ruling meant the Lothian runner also took the gold medal in the women’s over-35 category and,l with her clubmates Sarah Inglis finishing 13th, Chloe Cox 14th and Saran Jones 63rd, the Lothian ladies finished in fifth place in the team competition.
There were fine runs at under-20 level from both Max McNeil and Lana Turnbull. Max came home in fifth place in the men’s race with Lana eighth in the women’s.
These were also the principal races for selection for the inter-district cross country championship and club runners now have to wait and see if they have been selected for this prestigeous event which takes place at Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, on January 5.
Full club results: Senior women (6400m) - 2 and 1 F35 Edel Mooney (24.32), 13 Sarah Inglis (26.52), 14 Chloe Cox (26.58), 63 Saran Jones (31.20), 70 Lynne Murray (32.06), 88 Jill Horsburgh (35.09), Lothian RC finished fifth in team event with first four counting.
Senior men (9500m) - 67 Colin Partridge (40.24), 81 Graeme Ackland (41.56), 108 Kenton Jones (44.06), 164 Scott Nelson (48.02).
Under-20 women (5000m) - 8 Lana Turnbull (24.00). Under-20 men (8000m) - 5 Max McNeil (28.02). Under-15 girls (4000m) - 27 Bethany Nelson (24.56), 29 Cara McCafferty (27.40).
Lothian Running Club’s Mike Lieberman may have been the sole club member contesting the inaugural Seven Reservoirs half-marathon last weekend but it didn’t stop him waltzing away with the leading ‘male legend’s’ prize.
The new event is a unique multi-terrain half-marathon in the Pentland Hills taking in seven reservoirs.
Runners pass Threipmuir, Loganlea, Glencorse, Bonaly, Torduff, Clubbiedean and Harlaw reservoirs before returning to the starting point for well earned refreshments. Conditions were tricky due to the icy ground underfoot.
Mike completed the course in 2 hours 05 minutes 47 seconds which placed him 41st of the 75 finishers.
Edinburgh Parkrun (5k) - 14 Owen Williams (19.26), 22 and 2F Jo Hall (20.13)PB, 80 Alex Agnew (23.52), 84 Ian Hall (24.24), 89 Cliff Dicker (24.36), 175 ran.