Natasha Phillips and Jamie Crowe cross the finish line in Glasgow to win the AJ Bell Great Scottish Run (photos by Bobby Gavin)
Jamie Crowe and Natasha Phillips savoured success at the AJ Bell Great Scottish Run – then set their sights on the cross country.
And both winners could have the Euro Cross firmly in their sights as they spoke about the trial races in Liverpool at the end of November as a target.
Crowe has represented GB and NI in cross country already while Phillips – who continued her remarkable 2023 on the roads in Glasgow – was at the European Juniors in August for 5000m on the track.
Jamie won the title which Callum Hawkins claimed a year ago with a sub 65-minute clocking by ten seconds. Tom Martyn of Corstorphine AAC was second in 66:59 and Central AC’s Alastair Hay was third in 67:25.
Natasha for her part was well clear of the rest in the Women’s as she came home in 72:13 on a day when windy conditions probably made fast times difficult.
Inverclyde athlete Nynke Mulholland-Stummer was second in 79:30 and Shona McIntosh of Hunters Bog Trotters took third in 80:36.
There were 10k wins for Lewis Hannigan of Kilbarchan AAC and visiting English athlete, Lily Partridge.
Lewis clocked 31:27 to win from his Kilbarchan AAC team-mate, Fraser Gilmour (31:44). Lily was at 33:08 with Josie Wren-Golder of Corstorphine AAC taking second place in 36:14 and Jill Cox of Greenock Glenpark Harriers third in 37:53.
Over the same distance, there were wheelchair race wins for Sean Frame and Melanie Woods. Sean clocked 25:09 and Melanice was at 29:37.
Photo via Loch Ness Marathon
Moray Pryde caused a major upset when powering to an impressive victory in the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon in 2:22.04.
The 28-year-old Lothian RC member from Broxburn,wasn’t quoted among the pre-race favourites but scythed a remarkable nine minutes off his previous best time to take the top prize.
Pryde started cautiously then worked his way through the field, catching long-time leader Tom Charles (Chorlton Harriers) just before the 23-mile mark.
Moray then picked up the pace and sprinted home looking as fresh as he did in the opening stages. Charles had to settle for second position in 2:24:05 while Inverness athlete Shaun Cumming (Highland Hill…