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:
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.