Lothians runners help achieve second fastest Scots time

Jamie Bowie ran the anchor leg

Jamie Bowie ran the anchor leg

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Scotland’s national 4 x 400 metres relay team recorded the second fastest time ever by a Scottish team of 3:06.58 secs at a meeting in Namur, Belgium, last night.

The team thus secured a qualifying standard for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games by 0.42 seconds.

The runners included Greg Louden (Lasswade) on the second leg and Edinburgh-based Jamie Bowie on the anchor stage. The unofficial splits were Kris Robertson (47.4 secs), Louden 46.4, Grant Plenderleith (46.2) and Bowie (46.5).

Only the silver medal-winning Scottish team from the 1990 Games in Auckland of Brian Whittle, Tom McKean, David Strang and Mark Davidson have gone faster and their time of 3:04.68 is still the Scottish record.

Scotland’s women’s 4 x 400m team have already been named for Hampden in July.