Mini Marathon: Erin Wallace turned in a fantastic 4th place in her race with the Scottish Under 15 Team taking home the Silver Team Medals and Sarah Eunson our other Giffnock representative also flying the flag for Scotland
Report from Neil Gibson
Nine Giffnock North Senior Athletes made the trip south for the London Marathon this year. Most travelled by conventional means, but Stuart MacDonald, as part of Team Cy-Run (https://www.justgiving.com/user/3481404), decided he’d run to London, arriving the evening before the big race. Good effort Stuart and team!
Conditions were good, the crowds were out in huge numbers to support the Giffnock Athletes (and possibly Paula Radcliffe too!), and some fine performances followed.
David Sawyer was our first athlete home, in a mightily impressive time of 2:42:21. You may have noticed David on the TV as Paula finished. He was the one sprinting towards the finish line, and towards her, like she was the last honey smothered bagel in the world! You can read David’s race report here: http://zudepr.co.uk/runningblog/london-marathon-2015-race-report/
Next home were Jason Steele and Neal Gibson, their times of 3:08:57 and 3:09:11 respectively meant that they were only 14 seconds apart despite only running together for the first few miles. Although hoping for faster times, both gave all they had on the day after recent illnesses.
Stuart showed no ill effects from his run down from Glasgow completing his 5th Marathon in 5 days in a time of 3:12:57.
First Giffnock lady home was Sheila Lewis. Sheila smashed her, “about 3 hours 30” target, with a brilliant 3:14:50. Sheila was running for the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice, a charity very close to her heart (https://www.justgiving.com/Sheila-Lewis1/).
Running her first marathon, Debi “T-Rex” Scott, completed the course in an excellent 3:32:13 before making the obligatory statement, “I am never doing another marathon!”
Caroline Gibson didn’t have the race she was hoping for, but her hard fought time of 4:13:50 gives her a good springboard from which to start training for her next marathon in July, in the rather sunnier climes of Rio!
Last but by no means least, Anne Williamson, resplendent in a tartan skirt, crossed the finish line in 4:19:56. Hoping to break the 4 hour 30 barrier, Anne was a self confessed, “Happy little bunny”.
Well done one and all!