Sore foot can’t stop Tony from running a blinder
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.