Indoor success for SRAC’s Donnie

Donnie Macleod (red vest) closes the gap on Graeme Oudney (Scotland vest).

Donnie Macleod (red vest) closes the gap on Graeme Oudney (Scotland vest).

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STORNOWAY Running Club star Donnie Macleod wrapped up the indoor season in style by cranking up the gears in a foot burning sprint finish to take a silver gong in the Scottish Athletics Senior 800m race.

Although his race pace of 1:56:33 didn’t threaten his own blistering personal best it was enough to take second place and also enough to wrap up the indoor season on the silver trail.

And along the track at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow’s east end, Macleod left traditional rival and GB athlete Graeme Oudney trailing in his wake.

“One of the big positives from the weekend was finishing ahead of Oudney who has been one of the best Scottish runners in recent years,” explained Donnie.

“I was pretty pleased with how the race went although it was a bit slower than my personal best. The race itself ran slow as nobody wanted to take the pace on and we then had a sprint finish at the end.

“Sometimes races like this can be slower as the runner at the front can be a target to be shot down and it is always easier to run behind someone in their slipstream.

“After winning my heats, I worked my way to the front of the final race and set a slower pace as I felt my best chance of winning was from there.”

It marked an impressive return to competitive running for Donnie after he lost two-weeks due to flu last month which also cost him the chance to compete in two 800m races.

Competitive running now moves onto the backburner until may when the outdoor season begins but for Donnie 2013 is all about one-thing – Bermuda.

He has been confirmed as part of the Western Isles Athletics squad which are Bermuda bound in July to compete in the Island Games with Donnie himself set to compete in a hat-trick of events.

“Bermuda is obviously the big target,” confessed Donnie, “It’ll be very hot but I did some warm weather training last year and I also ran at the Island Games in Rhodes a few years ago so I expect the conditions will be similar to that.

“In Bermuda my main focus will be on the 800m but I’ll also be running the 400m and the 4 x 400m relay.”

It has been a busy few weeks for athletes from SRAC with Alasdair Dunlop further cementing his global reputation on the track with a highly impressive double triumph to take top spot in both the MV55 1500m and 800m at the Scottish Masters.

Members also hit the tar for the weekend’s Kinloss to Lossiemouth half marathon.

Jonny Pritchard came seventh and also second MV40 in 1:21 while club mate Willie MacRury was a little further down the field with 1.27.38.