Runners were treated to glorious sunshine as they poured over the line at today’s Scottish Half Marathon + 10K at Musselburgh Racecourse; the final furlong on a fast, flat and picturesque route along East Lothian’s beautiful coastline.
The Scottish 10K kicked off proceedings at 9am, with around 2,000 runners toeing the line. The race was won by Harry Burnard of Wellington Scottish in a time of 32:42, he was closely followed by Michael Carroll of Perth Road Runners, with James Taylor of Corstorphine AC taking the third podium spot.
The first female home in the Scottish 10K was Hunters Bog Trotters’ Shona McIntosh who raced home in a time of 36:56. Freya Ross of Falkirk Victoria Harriers and Zoe Pflug of Edinburgh University Hare & Hounds were second and third.
At 11am, around 4,000 Half Marathon runners set off from Meadowmill Sports Centre for their 13.1 mile challenge. A keenly fought battle unfolded at the sharp end of the field, with Kevin Liddle of Garscube Harriers eventually pulling ahead to take the win in a time of 1:12:17. He was chased home by Paul Featherstone of Hermitage Harriers, with Jason Kelly of Stonehaven RC in third.
Kevin spoke after his win: “Today was great, the weather was better than anticipated. There were four of us together at the five mile mark and then I dropped back slightly up to the half way point. But I stuck to the pace and eventually caught them up again. I only really shook Paul (Featherstone) with one mile to go, so I’m delighted to take the win today.”
The crowds were treated to an incrediblty close finish on the women’s side, Kiera Gore of Lasswade AC eventually took win in a time of 1:23:35, just pipping Chloe Cox of Edinburgh AC who finished just two seconds behind in 1:23:37. Claire Thompson of Victoria Park City of Glasgow was third.
Further down the field were some incredible stories from runners raising valuable funds for a variety of charities. In excess of quarter of a million pounds was raised for over 300 charities, led by the event’s official charity Cancer Research UK, and its three established Scottish charities; Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, Alzheimer Scotland and Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity.
Among the 10K finishers was Steven Raeburn (pictured above) who was fundraising for Fibromyalgia Action UK. Steven’s wife suffers from the illness, which is characterised by heightened pain all over the body, and this was the motivation behind his run. Steven said:
“It’s a horrendous illness and it’s not nice seeing someone you love go through it. From chronic pain to memory loss to being in bed for days. My wife is only 28 and she depends on me every day. I want to raise funds and awareness for the charity.
In January, I weighed 21 stone and couldn’t even run for one minute but I have been eating well and training hard. I’m absolutely delighted to have finished the Scottish 10K today.”
You can read more and donate to Steven’s JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/steven-raeburn1.
In the Half Marathon, Greg Templeton (pictured second in from the right, top row) finished with a big group of friends who were running for Cancer Research UK. Greg explained the motivation behind their amazing effort:
“My desire to raise funds and awareness for this particular charity stems from the loss of the most important man in my life, my Dad. Despite recently losing his hard fought battle with oesophageal cancer, my Dad continues to be loved and missed unconditionally.
His positive attitude lives on and having the opportunity on a personal basis to continue to make him proud is something that can only be viewed in a similar fashion.
Together we WILL beat cancer!”
You can read more and donate to Greg’s JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/greg-templeton1.
Also finishing an emotional 13.1 mile effort was Christine Maitland (pictured above) who was running for SANDS UK, she explained:
“On the 23rd of September 2012, I gave birth to my beautiful little prince Ryan who had sadly passed away in my womb at 19 weeks. That day changed the rest of my life which has become a journey through darkness, light and rainbows.
I am so blessed with 2 beautiful boys who fill my life with joy, however since Ryan I’ve had a more text-book miscarriage and a chemical pregnancy. With each loss, it is truly heartbreaking and made all the more difficult with no answers or reasons why.”
On raising money for SANDS UK, Christine said:
I hope that it will help them to continue the amazing work and research they do and one day, perhaps give other bereaved parents answers.
Today meant even more to me as it was the sixth anniversary of Ryan’s birth. This will always be a sad day for me, but I hope that by doing something positive we can celebrate Ryan and the journey we’ve been on for the past six years.”
You can read more and donate to Christine’s JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chrissie-maitland.
Event Director Sandra Scott said: “Congratulations to everyone who crossed the finish line today, you should all be extremely proud of what you have achieved. It’s truly inspiring to watch the determination and strength that each participant demonstrates by placing themselves on the start line and beginning their personal challenge, whether it be to fundraise and raise awareness for a particular cause that has touched their lives or to try something new or gain a PB.
With the promise of a beautifully flat route, this event continues to inspire and challenge both seasoned athletes and those who are new to running and we are proud and excited to provide an environment where all participants have the potential to perform to their very best of their ability.
We want to particularly thank the local communities of East Lothian for their support of all the runners along the route today and for those on the Event Team who have given their time and enthusiasm to support and keep the participants safe as they completed their very personal journey today.”
Full results are available via the website www.scottishhalfmarathon.com/results.
2019 early bird entries open!
If you want to do it all over again next year, early bird entries for the 2019 event are open NOW! You can grab a discounted entry for the 2019 Scottish Half Marathon + 10K on Sunday 22nd September. Early bird entries will be availble until 5pm on Sunday 7th October: www.scottishhalfmarathon.com.