Records tumble at Pentland races

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Personal Best’s and Course Records were smashed throughout most of the categories at the MacLeod and MacLeod Pentland Road Races on Friday night.

Even before starters got the runners off their mark for the 5k and 10k the first record was broken! Ninety five runners took part and so set the largest entry to date for the increasingly popular event.

The route is known to be the fastest 10k/5k in the islands and in the days leading up to the races it looked like their may be a favourable west wind assisting the runners!

As things turned out the wind changed to the north and so the opening miles were slightly tougher than expected.

As SRAC running veteran Jim Bruce once said: “if the winds not for you, it’s against you!” Well if the wind wasn’t exactly in favour of the runners the waiting timekeepers at the finish wouldn’t have know it as Connor MacLean passed through the last kilometre at Willowglen! The young SRAC runner passed under Porters Lodge triumphantly, scorching over the finish line to win the 5K in a personal best time and course record of 15minutes 56! Connor was followed in by 1500 meter specialist Murdo MacKenzie in 16.13 and he also posted a PB for the distance!

Next Across the line was ladies 5K winner Eilidh MacKenzie looking in fine form to record a PB and course record of 17minutes 52. Sisters Alison and Jane MacInnes put in good performance to claim 2nd and 3rd respectively, with Andrew Duncan (sprinter) sandwiched between them to take 3rd in the men’s race.

In the longer event Willie MacRury led from gun to tape focused on running against his watch to not only win the race, but also set himself a great new PB of 35minutes 32.

Behind there was a well fought contest from another of SRAC’s young developing talents, Kenny MacSween against “old hand” Ali Locket. The endurance experience of Ali proved to be the difference and he took 2nd 34 seconds ahead of Kenny with a time of 38minutes 43.

In the ladies 10K there was a returning win to competitive running for Ailis Murray, only just edging Isabel Jones into 2nd by 20 seconds! But her time of 43minutes 30 ensured that her return to racing got off to a good start! Another of SRAC’s new ladies Katy MacKenzie took 3rd place with respectful run of 44.12.

The MacLeod and MacLeod Pentland Road Races 5 and 10K format of early Friday evening running followed by BBQ and refreshments at Stornoway Golf Club have

proved to be very popular. There was a tangible buzz about the event and as more and more runners crossed the line there was celebration and smiles from all the runners. Well done to all race participants and the organization SRAC crew.

(However runners should expect the pre-entry date next year to be a week before the event next year!)

Half Marathon &10k; it is now only four weeks Saturday until the Stornoway Half Marathon and 10k, which will incorporate the North of Scotland half marathon championships! For all of you that plan to take part, work hard in this last phase of training up to the event and if you know you’re going to do it, why not get that entry form completed and send in?