On the run in Eddie’s half-marathon
The annual Eddie’s half-marathon took place on Sunday where runners took off from Lochaber High School.
THE ANNUAL Eddie’s half-marathon, organised by Lochaber Athletics Club, was held on November 6 and attracted a field of 121 runners for the 13.1-mile course, which takes in the scenic Caledonian Canal from Banavie to Moy.
Dumbarton Athletic Club’s James McLaughlin and Peter Currie set the early pace, with John Yells of Lochaber fol- lowing close behind in his first half-marathon.
Despite an excellent performance completing the course in one hour, 18 minutes and 18 seconds, John couldn’t match the experience of the two Dumbarton runners with McLaughlin crossing the line first in one hour, 16 minutes and 41 seconds and Currie just behind in one hour, 16 minutes and 57 seconds.
In the ladies’ race, it was again Dumbarton setting the pace with Lindsey Currie dominating from the start and cruising to victory in one hour, 27 minutes, five seconds. Amanda Blackhall of Lochaber claimed second in one hour, 34 minutes, 18 seconds after a sprint finish which saw Amanda just edge out Ritchie Collins in a thrilling finish. Nicola Flynn of Falkirk Victoria Harriers took third in one hour, 37 minutes, two seconds.
Ben Smith of Motherwell Amateur Athletic Club was first male veteran 40 and Tim Brand of Lochaber took the male veteran 50 prize. Tomoyo Fujiwara was first female veteran 40 and Lucy Prins of Lochaber first female veteran 50.
William Goldie added to the prizes for Dumbarton with the male veteran 60 prize and Pamela Bridge, unattached, took female veteran 60.
Colin Tipping from Strathearn Harriers showed age is no barrier taking the male veteran 70 prize in two hours, seven minutes.
Lochaber AC thank all the marshals and helpers who make the race possible and Ben Nevis Distillery for their continued support donating prizes.