Shona takes on Ul­tra Chal­lenge

Loth­ian spe­cial­ist on 71 mile Great Glen trip

West Lothian Courier - - Sports - Shane Fen­ton

Loth­ian Run­ning Club’s ul­tra race spe­cial­ist Shona Young tack­led the 71 mile Great Glen Ul­tra course over the week­end.

Recog­nised as one of Scot­land’s tough­est run­ning chal­lenges, the course started at Nep­tune’s Stair­case, just out­side Fort Wil­liam, and fol­lows a se­ries of Glens along a ge­o­log­i­cal fault-line to In­ver­ness.

With the race get­ting un­der­way at 1am, run­ners have 22 hours to cover the course, which fin­ished at In­ver­ness Ath­let­ics Sta­dium.

Shona was well in­side that time, stop­ping the clock at 13 hours 57 min­utes and 26 sec­onds to place 15th over­all and third fe­male. She also was the top over-50 fe­male to win the cat­e­gory.

Else­where, in what was a busy week for the club, Han­nah and An­drew Steel con­tested the Youth events at the Thorn­ton Highland Games in Fife.

Un­for­tu­nately, they didn’t make it through their heats in the 90 me­tres and 200 me­tres hand­i­caps races. In the 800 me­tres, Han­nah was among the prizes as she fin­ished in third place be­hind brother and sis­ter duo Kyle and Erin Mc­Far­lane of Pit­reavie AC.

An­drew fin­ished in a cred­i­ble sev­enth place.

A hand­ful of Loth­ian Run­ning Club vet­eran ath­letes took part in the Brig Bash five miles race at Bridge of Earn.

Re­sults are as fol­lows: 89th Jim Alexan­der (36.59), 113th Kenny Mearns ( 38.24), 132nd Alan Robert­son ( 40.38), 191st Alan Robert­son ( 45.58), 206th Mike Murray (47.00).

The Loth­ian club had the first three fin­ish­ers in this week’s Liv­ingston 5km parkrun.

Josh Dack was first to cross the line in 17.36. He was fol­lowed by Jo Wil­liams (17.48) who was lead­ing fe­male, with Alan Knowles in third in 18.27. Paul Young (20.12) came home in sixth place.

Three of the club’s ju­nior mem­bers recorded per­sonal best times with Robyn McDon­ald ( 24.02), Am­ber Cun­ning­ham (24.16) and Ni­cole Dredge (24.40) all beat­ing their pre­vi­ous best times.

Fol­low­ing some ex­cel­lent per­for­mances in this year’s Forth Val­ley League events, four of the club’s ju­nior ath­letes have been se­lected to rep­re­sent LRC in the Pres­i­dent’s Se­lect match at Grange­mouth Sta­dium at the end of the month.

Eilidh Howard, Eilidh Turner, Robyn McDon­ald and Han­nah Steel all caught the eye with a string of im­pres­sive re­sults and will con­test the var­i­ous events on the day.

Chal­lenge Shona im­pressed on the 71 mile course

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