Sarah takes Lothian RC’s first ever Nationals medal

Sarah Inglis on her way to National XC bronze at Callendar Park
Sarah Inglis on her way to National XC bronze at Callendar Park

Lothian Running Club claimed its first ever National Cross Country medal when Sarah Inglis finished third in the senior women’s race.

Run over 10K for the first time, at an extremely wet and muddy Callendar Park, the early pace was set by eventual winner Morag MacLarty (Central AC).

Sarah was her nearest pursuer but was overtaken for second by defending champion Beth Potter (VP Glasgow) on the last of the three laps.

Mhairi Inglis and Christine MacVarish also contested the race, finishing 67th and 119th respectively.

The club had 11 members in the senior men’s race and they were led home by Josh Dack in 98th place.

With the first six runners home from each club counting towards points for the team competition the other LRC scorers were Colin Partridge, Alan Knowles, Scott Nelson, David Eades and William Moffat.

The club were also represented in the Girls Under-13 3.2k race by Hannah Steel who finished 89th and Robyn McDonald 99th.

Four Lothian RC junior members have enjoyed a successful indoor season competing at the three Scottish Athletics Indoor League matches at the Emirates Arena. All four recorded personal bests.

Robyn McDonald has made good progress after moving up to the under-15 age category and recorded a 60m PB of 9.28 at the final meeting.

Erin McComiskey has adapted well to hurdling indoors and was rewarded with an excellent PB of 11.81 in the 60 metres, she also dipped below 30 seconds for the first time in the flat 200 metres with another PB of 29.75.

Hannah Steel has worked hard to improve her 800 metres time and it paid off with an excellent run in the final meeting where she won her heat in a new PB of 2:34.98.

Erin Steel has also moved up to a new age group and despite coming up against stronger competition she still managed to secure PB’S in the 200 metres 30.69 and 300 metres 50.35.

Lana Turnbull was the first female finisher at the Livingston parkrun for the 22nd time on Saturday morning with her time of 22.06 also placing her 12th overall. Other results -

Livingston parkrun: - 12 & 1F Lana Turnbull 22.06, 16 Stephen Malcolm 22.20, 24 Colin Wishart 23.38, 29 Peter West 24.18, 49 Jim Alexander 25.17, 97 Ian Leggett 31.19. 160 Finished.

Edinburgh parkrun - 179 Graham Pinfield 27.13, 184 Jonathan Barclay 27.21, 209 Mike Murray 28.21, 263 Brian Morris 30.17.335 Finished.