Sore foot can’t stop Tony from run­ning a blinder

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Mur­ray Spooner

A Cam­bus­lang Har­ri­ers run­ner was praised by his club af­ter he took part in the an­nual Bri­tish Vets Road re­lays in Birmingham with an in­fec­tion in his foot.

Tony McCutheon vis­ited a po­di­a­trist two days be­fore his race at Sut­ton Cold­field who ad­vised him not to com­pete af­ter they found a bad in­fec­tion to a blis­ter.

But Tony made spe­cial ef­forts to start a course of an­tibi­otics be­fore the M35 race and de­clared him­self fit.

He was placed on the last leg to al­low for ex­tra re­cov­ery time and he was re­warded for his pos­i­tive ap­proach with a time of 18.13. He took four places on his way to lift­ing the team into the top half of the field of 50 en­tries. The Har­ri­ers fin­ished in 23rd place over­all, two ahead of their tar­geted po­si­tion.

Paul Ker­nohan was first out of the blocks in this race and can be pleased with a time of 18.13 on his de­but on what was a tough course, com­ing home in 32nd place.

Mick O’Ha­gan was on leg two and de­spite calf prob­lems in­ter­rupt­ing his

Keep calm and carry on Tony McCutheon train­ing for the last month, he pro­duced the club’s fastest time with 17.51 and took the team up to 29th.

Next out was Scott Hunter, who is steadily re­turn­ing to his form of a few years ago which saw him pick up Scot­tish team medals, and a time of 18.17 brought the Har­ri­ers up an­other place to 28th po­si­tion.

Si­mon Gold was on leg four and was un­der 10 min­utes in to his run when the heav­ens opened, al­most turn­ing part of the course into a mini river.

This did noth­ing to de­ter Si­mon, who pro­ceeded to move the team up an­other two places to 26th as he recorded 18.22.

Dave Thom dropped only one place be­fore Tony hauled the club back into con­tention.

The Cam­bus­lang Har­ri­ers were the fur­thest trav­elled and the only Scot­tish club to at­tend this year’s event.

And al­though they were only able to send two teams down to Birmingham, the Scots did well to get close to last sea­son’s fourth place fin­ish in the M55 event.

With the sun shin­ing brightly for the sec­ond race of the day, the Cam­bus­lang run­ners per­formed well to set up Alick Walkin­shaw who started his last leg in fourth place.

He im­me­di­ately moved into the medal po­si­tions as he at­tacked the first hill and ended up bring­ing the club home in the sil­ver medal po­si­tion.

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