It was a busy weekend for Strathearn Harriers, with runners competing in Glasgow, Glencoe and Colombo.

The Great Scottish Run in Glasgow is becoming one of the premier running events in the Scottish running calendar, attracting runners of the highest calibre for the 10k and the half marathon. The highlight this year was a new Scottish half marathon record of 60.22 from race winner Callum Hawkins, of Kilbarchan AC. This is another stunning performance from Hawkins, who has enjoyed his most successful season, with 8th place in the London Marathon and 9th in the Olympic Marathon in Rio.

A wee bit further down the field, Strathearn Harriers were represented by Richard Collingwood (1.40.07), Andy Scott (1.42.10), Jim Alexander (1.42.47), Nicola Watson (1.44.10), Sonja McFadden (1.51.22), Graeme Aitken (1.53.33), Janine Grant (1.53.44), and Lauren Fairweather (2.03.27).

In the 10k, the club was represented by Charlie Grimson finishing just outside the top 100 in a good time of 38.31, with Maddy Watson getting back near her best with a fine time of 43.29, and Janice Scott making a welcome return with a time of 1.04.08.

While the streets of Glasgow were being filled with thousands of runners, the trails of Glencoe and the Mamores were hosting the hardy runners taking on the Glencoe marathon. This tough race starts at the Red Squirrel campsite near the Clachaig Inn, makes its way up the glen to the Devils Staircase, over the hill into Kinlochleven, and through the Mamores to finish in Glen Nevis. For the Harriers, Doug Flint finishing in a very good 4.39.01, 7th in his age category and 71st overall.

Meanwhile, even further afield, Allan MacInnes was completing the Colombo half marathon in Sri Lanka. Unfortunately, full results aren’t available, but it’s probably fair to say that with a 6am start, temperatures in the 40s and high humidity, conditions would have been hard going for a boy from the highlands of Scotland!