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 Oban Times - - SPORT -

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.

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