Victories for Jamie Crowe and Lynn McKenna and W60 world masters best of 18:22 (18:16 chip) for Fiona Matheson in Scotland
Sri Chinmoy 5km Race inc Scottish Athletics Road Championship, Silverknowes, Edinburgh, May 5
GB International Jamie Crowe of Central AC set a course record of 14:14 when winning in Edinburgh.
The event again incorporated the Scottish Athletics 5km road Championships and gave Crowe another mational championship to add to his two national cross country titles.
Falkirk Victoria’s Scott Stirling took second in 14:16, which is also inside Callum Hawkins’ 14:17 time from 2015. His clubmate Kane Elliott was third in 14:19.
Behind them, the traditional strength in depth of the event was again evident as 23 runners broke the 15-minute barrier, including five under-20 athletes. GB junior hill running international Fraser Gilmour from Kilbarchan showed some good flat speed to record 14:30 in fifth place overall.
Shettleston’s Lynn McKenna took the women’s title in 16:04, the third fastest time on the course behind Morag Millar’s 15:52 and Mhairi Maclennan’s 16:00 from 2019.
Dundee’s Natasha Phillips took second and first under-20 in 16:14, with Stefanie Tucker of Aberdeen AC taking the bronze in 16:22.
Despite the strong breeze on the shores of the Firth of Forth, there was the usual in-depth competition from the Scottish clubs. In a field of almost 600 on the night, 260 athletes finished under 18 minutes and a further 78 in the next minute. Just under 400 athletes made it under the 20 minute barrier.
In the masters category, there were excellent performances as well. Gala Harrier Darrell Hastie clocked 14:59, just out-kicking East Kilbride’s Grant Bailie (15:00) for the M40 title.
Fellow Gala Harrier Sara Green made it a Borders double, taking the W40 title in 16:54 just two weeks after her London Marathon. Lesley Bell took the W40 silver in 17:27.
Fiona Matheson of Falkirk Victoria Harriers took the W60 category gold. Her time of 18:22 gun (18:16 chip) is well inside her previous British age group best of 18:43 and resulted in her fastest time since she did the same race back in 2019.
It is also believed to be a world best though there are no official records.
In-form Teviotdale Harriers’ world masters champion Alastair Walker’s chip time of 16:38 was just outside his M65 world and British record.
1 Jamie CROWE Central 14:14
2 Scott STIRLING FVH 14:16
3 Kane ELLIOTT FVH…
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