Capital athletes successful at Loch Ness

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Polish Edinburgh University student Patryk Gierjatowicz was disappointed at finishing second to Kenyan Tarus Elly (Salford) in the Baxter’s Loch Ness Marathon.

But he was well compensated by winning the Scottish Marathon title which was decided this year at the North race, held in near-perfect conditions. “I’m delighted to be Scottish champion but my time wasn’t so good – it’s four minutes outside my best,” said the post-grad maths student.

Third was another Capital runner, Ross Clark (Hunter’s BT), who carved seven minutes off his best time: “I was aiming for a top-ten finish but to finish third and win a national medal is amazing.”

Capital-based rookie Megan Crawford (Fife) won the women’s race by more than three minutes in 2:46.73 to beat the record by two seconds. “I’d absolutely no expectations at all about winning the race but I’m absolutely delighted.” Edinburgh University student Rhona Auckland won the women’s 10k race in 34:34, marginally faster than last year, with former EAC track runner Nic Gauld second in 35:15 and Emma Dunnett (EAC) third in 38:32.

Dermot Cummins (Costorphine) was second to Central’s John Newsom (30:35) in 30:50 in the men’s 10k race with clubmate Keith Hood third in 31:57, winning the over-40 veterans’ prize.