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Natasha lands Course Record to complete Scottish road race title hat-trick – as John wins first gold

Natasha lands Course Record to complete Scottish road race title hat-trick - as John wins first gold

Sunday 14th May 2023

Kirsty Walker (Edinburgh AC) and Naomi Lang (Carnethy RHC) join Scottish 10k Women’s winner Natasha Phillips at Glasgow Green (photo by Bobby Gavin)

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Natasha Phillips made it a special weekend in Glasgow as she completed a hat-trick of Scottish Senior road raced titles at the age of 18 – the day after passing her driving test.

The Dundee Hawkhill Harriers athlete added the Scottish 10K Champs title to earlier victories in the Half Marathon and the 10-Mile Champs with a stunning Course Record run of 33:00 (32:57 chip) at the Shettleston Babcock 10k.

Inverclyde AC athlete John Bell claimed his first Senior Scottish title and fourth podium place with a win in the Senior Men’s champs, as visiting English athlete Calum Johnson won the race itself with a Babcock Series Record run of 29:45.

Bell was at 30:30 and won a close finish with Central AC’s Alastair Hay as Ryan Thomson of Cambuslang Harriers landed a bronze.

Amid a series of fine runs in the Masters categories, the stand-out performance was by Fiona Matheson at 38:08.

The Falkirk Victoria Harriers athlete claimed a new British Record for W60 and was thrilled to do so after a couple of previous attempts went very close.

Red Star AC’s Kyle Brotherton won the Wheelchair race.

Photos by Bobby Gavin on Facebook

Phillips, who was second at the Scottish 5k Champs, was followed home by Kirsty Walker of Edinburgh AC (33:52) and third-placed Naomi Lang of Carnethy HRC (34:50).

‘I am really happy to win the title and to go sub 33 minutes,’ said Natasha.

‘It would have been annoying to be slightly over but has come up via the chip as 32:57 so I am delighted.

‘I have really enjoyed the Road Race Series – I did not come into it expecting too much but it is really nice what has happened and I’ve picked up medals along the way (golds in Half, 10-Mile and 10k and silver at 5k).

;It’s been a busy weekend because I sat my driving test on Saturday – and passed. My mu and dad are really happy because they don’t need to drive me to training any more.

The L plates are well and truly off on her athletics career, but there are still ‘debuts’ to come for Natasha.

‘I will do some track and my first 5000m race is now in the plans,’ she added, with the focus…

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