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Central and Fife bring home the golds at Livingston as clubs savour National Road Relays experience

Central and Fife bring home the golds at Livingston as clubs savour National Road Relays experience

Saturday 23rd March 2024

Fife AC celebrate Senor Women’s golds at Livingston (photo by Bobby Gavin)

*NOTE: Report still subject to changes, corrections, more photos etc.

Livingston Results

Gusting winds brought down a large tree over the National Road Relays long lap route less than 24 hours prior to the event in Livingston.

But Central AC and Fife AC refused to be blown off course the following day and duly ‘logged’ yet more team success on the roads.

The Livingston event is always hugely popular with the endurance community at our clubs and so it was once again with the best entry since 2019 – at 154 teams.

Central duly headed the Senior Men’s field for the  third year in a row to land golds with a strong lineup.

For Fife AC, the welcome return to race action for Scotland international Annabel Simpson on the anchor left helped bolster their team effort.

These races always engender a feelgood atmosphere with hundreds of athletes across a wide age range committed to wearing their club vests.

Lothian RC are fine hosts and no more so than this year when, early on Friday evening, a posse with chainsaws went out in the dark (!!) to remove that large tree which had fallen across the long lap route. We think that’s #SALtogether right there –  well done to those involved.

Similarly it is great to see range of clubs involved in the race and the likes of Greenock Glenpark Harriers highlighting a return to the event with teams for the first time in a few years.

This is the commitment required to make national championship races the events we all want them to be.

Thanks, too, to our volunteer Officials, Lothian RC, West Lothian Council, and the Road Running and Cross Country Commission for making the National Road Relays happen.

Photos by Bobby Gavin on Facebook

In that Senior Women’s race, Jenny Selman had taken on a long leg (almost 10k) with the Team Scotland 800m runner slightly shocked by that experience!

Megan Crawford and Jennifer Cruickshanks – back running after an absence of more than two years  – added to the collective effort.

‘It was good to be our racing for Fife AC once again,’ said Annabel, who like Megan was in Fife AC’s winning team back in 2018.

‘It was pretty windy out there today so that added another challenge to everyone racing, ‘said Megan.

‘The downhills are fun but there are uphill sections too. It’s always…

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