Strathearn Harriers - New Year's Day Run 2014

National Road Relays

Monday, March 27, 2017

A team of six Harriers men made the trip to Livingston for the National Road Relays on a gorgeous sunny Sunday. It's not often that 'sunbathing' and 'Livingston' appear in the same sentence, but it wouldn't have been inappropriate for race day.

The format is quite fun - six legs, alternating between short (about 5k) and long (about 9.5k). As the same suggests, this is a national event, and as such attracts some of Scotland's finest athletes, and this year we had Derek Hawkins setting the fastest time for the long leg.

For a pleasant change, our team had an average age of under 35, with a fine representation of youngsters from Ben, Charlie and Aaron, who were entrusted with the long legs, and the less young - Richard, Gary and Tony - taking on the short legs. Individual legs times were:

Richard 20.35
Charlie 38.07
Tony 21.52
Ben 36.05
Gary 21.25
Aaron 35.50

Probably the performances of the day were from Gary, who made up eight places with his run, and Aaron, who ran a stormer, making up another nine places, to give us 40th position overall in a total time of 2.53.54. Richard and Gary ran well on the basis of very little experience racing such a short distance, and Charlie's rugby training is obviously not detracting too much from his running. Ben's run wasn't quite what he'd hoped, but it looked pretty good to me. I had a nightmare, making the schoolboy error of chasing too fast at the start and forgetting that the first half mile or so were a wee bit uphill and deserved a bit more respect than I gave it.

The race was won by Central AC, in a time of 2.16.24.

Also running was Maddy Watson, representing Strathclyde University. Maddy ran the long leg in a time of 41.17, with her team completing the race in 21st position in the women's event.

Full results are available here.