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Bumper Tom Scott on 50th Anniversary of Race

Created on Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:17

Easter Sunday, Strathclyde Park and it must be the Tom Scott Memorial Road Race, which this year was celebrating its 50th birthday. A record field turned out for this popular event in the athletics calendar with 350 runners lining up for the 10 mile and Round the Loch races, which set off together on a rather chilly, spring morning.

The 6K Round the Loch race was won by M Deason from Shettleston Harriers in a time of 18:51. In second place was D Cochrane from Ronhill Cambuslang, 20:00, and in third place Law & District youngster Andrew Lawler in 20:05. In the Ladies race, first home was C Couper from Central AC in 21:51, followed by Law athlete Hilary McGrath with a time of 22:48 and in third place J Thomson, VP CoG, 22:55.

The other race categories winners were: Male Vet - G Crawford, Springburn Harriers, 20:53; U20 - A Clark, Giffnock North, 20:09; U17 - Luke Foss, Law & District, 21:59; Lady Vet - J Clark, Motherwell, 23:55; Female U20 - M Robinson, Helensburgh AC, 27:18; 1st Male Team – Shettleston Harriers; 1st Female Team - Law & District AAC.

The Tom Scott 10 Mile race, again doubling as the Scottish 10 Mile Championship event, saw last year's runner-up Tewold Mengisteab, Shettleston Harriers, go one better and win the race and Scottish Championship title with an improved time of 49:55. Last year's third placed Ross Houston, Central AC, also improved his position to finish runner-up in 50:08. In third place was Inverclyde's A Douglas in 50:17. S Gibson, Ronhill Cambuslang, finished 4th in a time of 51:04; T Fay, Shettleston Harriers, finished 5th in 51:21 and in 6th place was L Oates, Shettleston Harriers, 51:32.

The Ladies race and Scottish 10 Mile Championship was won by Kilbarchan's Gemma Rankin in 57:45. Gemma too was a runner up in 2011, so was delighted to get her name on the trophy this year. Second place went to J McLean, Edinburgh AC in 58:54 and in third place Falkirk Victoria's F Mathieson finished in a time of 59:43. M Windram-Geddes, Fife AC, finished 4th in 60:47; J Knowles, Scottish Prison Service, finished 5th, 60:54 and in 6th place was Edinburgh AC athlete V Bailie, in 61:21.

Other prize-winners were: 1st Lady Vet – L McGarrity, Troon Tortoises, 65:39; 1st Male Vet – K Wilson, Ronhill Cambuslang, 52:40; 1st Male Team - Shettleston Harriers; 1st Female Team - Edinburgh AC.

Ruby Reddick from Coop Funeral Care, one of the race's main sponsors, was joined at the presentation of prizes by two special guests invited to mark the 50th anniversary of the 10 Mile Memorial race. Andy Brown, a friend of the late athlete, won the first ever race back in 1962, in a still competitive time of 50:33. Assisting Andy with the presentation of prizes was Tom Scott's niece Fiona Barr who lives in Carluke and is herself a keen jogger. Race organiser Robert Benyon was delighted with number of entrants the race attracted this year and with the standard of competition. "This has been a bumper year, and we hope to keep attracting the best in Scottish road running talent for many years to come." Law & District Club President Pat Kelly thanked the event sponsor's Coop Funeral Care and Tunnock's of Uddingston, both North and South Lanarkshire Councils for their support and of course Andy Brown and Fiona Barr for presenting the trophies.

Full results and photographs from the event are available on the Tom Scott website –