STRATHEARN HARRIERS athlete Wattie Mackay became Scottish National Champion at the Scottish National 5k Road Race championships at Silverknowes earlier this month.

Mackay took the title of Scottish MV50 Champion over 5 kilometres after a new personal best time.

The overall race was won by Mark Mitchell of Forres Harriers in the swift time of 14.32.

In a close-run race, Wattie’s time of 16.59 was a new personal best time and beat his closest rival David Cross of Edinburgh AC by just three seconds.

Also running was Ben Murphy, in training for the Strathearn Marathon, but proving he’s no slouch over the shorter distances with a fine new pb to finish in a very good 18.22.

At the other end of the distance scale, Matt Mclay is turning himself into something of an ultra specialist.

Not content with the laps round North Inch at the Perth 50k ultra, and the Tartan Skiddadle along the Great Trossachs Path, Matt completed the new Glen Lyon 30 mile ultra in a very fine 5.41.

This looks to be one of the most scenic ultras in Scotland, with some remote running and about 4300 feet of ascent, including what looks like a fairly brutal climb out of Glen Lochay towards the end of the race. 

Race 5 of the club championship series was the Dumyat Hill race at Stirling University.

This year's race was won by Joe Symonds, of Shettleston Harriers, in a time of 34.35. 

First Harrier home was Aaron Dawson, in an excellent time of 41.44, in 38th position.

Next in was Ben Murphy, in 43.55, in 69th position, followed by Andy Gallagher in 46.06.

Tara Forster impressed on her first outing in a race with the seniors to finish 8th woman, in a very good 46.47.

Ruth Clark and Gordon Morrison finished with a couple of seconds of each other, with Ruth just pipping Gordon with a time of 53.10, and Iain Thomson completed in 56.09.

Race 6 of the club championship was the unfortunately over-subscribed Loch Leven half marathon, so there were only four Harriers taking part.

Leading the way was Ben Murphy, who ran a very well measured race in his preparation for the Strathearn Marathon, finishing in 22nd position in 1.26.52.

Next in was Tony Wayte in 1.34.53. Mark Dillon maintained his 100% record for 2016 Championship races to finish in 1.55.13, and Rowan Mestecky, with the best record so far for the women's championship, finished in 2.23.39.

After six races, the men’s championship table is headed by Mark Dillon on 56.13 points, ahead of Andy Gallagher (51.48) and Tony Wayte (46.99).

Rowan Mestecky heads the women’s table on 31.09 points, ahead of Nicola Watson (26.03) and Wendy Taylor (24.66).