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It's Scott to be Carluke!

Willie  Bob

THE historic Tom Scott 10-mile Road Race, on Sunday 13 April 2014, is to be run solely on Carluke roads for the first time in its 52-year history.

Strathclyde Park is being ditched as race venue as it prepares to stage the triathlon event at this summer's Commonwealth Games.

 "Running connoisseurs will enjoy the fact that the race is back on the open road," said race organiser Robert Benyon. "We're having it in Carluke because Strathclyde Park will be inaccessible throughout March and April.

"Strathclyde Park is flat, but our course is a testing, undulating one. So it will be interesting to see what kind of reaction we get from the runners. I'm sure the purists will love it!"

With the Commonwealth Games taking place just up the road in Glasgow this year, we are confident of attracting a high quality field to our race.  We are hoping to get around 300 entries.

Strathclyde Park has been the venue for the Tom Scott Road Race - an annual tribute to the late runner from Law - for the past decade.  But this year's route of an event first staged in 1962 will see competitors start from John Cumming Stadium before heading for The Marches, Yieldshields and Forth before returning John Cumming Stadium via Stonedyke Road and Chapel Street.

Robert said he was confident that last year's champion, Robbie Simpson of Deeside Runners, would be back to attempt to defend his title. 

In a major boost to race organisers, this year's Tom Scott 10 mile race has been upgraded to Scottish Championship standard by the Scottish Road Racing Commission.  This adds further prestige to an event paying a fitting tribute to the Law runner Tom, an outstanding marathon competitor and Olympic contender who died in a motoring accident in 1961.

The first race a year later was won by Law athlete Andy Brown, a team mate of Tom's, on a course which went from Law to Motherwell.  The Law to Motherwell route remained until 2004, when it was staged at Strathclyde Park.

For runners who feel that a 10 mile championship event is not for them, a 7K (4.6miles) Carluke Road Race will be incorporated within the main race.  Since its inception in 2006 this race has increased in popularoty and with almost 100 competitors last year it would now appear to be a permanent fixture.

Entries are now being taken for races, see www.tomscottroadraces.co.uk for more information.

Report by Craig Goldthorpe of Carluke Gazette

http://www.carlukegazette.co.uk/sport/local-sport/tom-scott-road-race-returns-to-carluke-1-3313263

 (picture by Lindsay Addison of William Drysdale and Robert Benyon)