Road Series Results

Well that’s the 2020 road series completed for the U17-Masters section and the Junior (U11-15,) section. This has been a unique series from the get go, as it was decided to start it, for the U17-Masters at the Christmas Handicap, and to include 2 exclusive club members only events, which would supplement the chosen road races. Of course it turned out that those races were all cancelled, with the exception of the Jack Crawford 10k, and so we adopted Virtual events from SAL and our own exclusive Virtuals and Time Trials into the series to try and keep us all connected and motivated during the lockdown.

To recognise the tremendous interest from our young athletes, who normally wouldn’t be part of the road series we decided to adapt the series and have a junior section, with their own exclusive events.

This could be judged as successful as we had 65 runners compete in at least one series event in the U17-Masters section, and 31 do likewise in the Junior section.

The prizes on offer were gold, sliver and bronze medals to the male and female with the highest average age graded scores in both Junior and U17-Masters section. To qualify athletes had to finish a minimum of three junior events or four U17-Masters events. In addition to these medals the U17-Masters section also offered a full set of medals for the highest single age graded run for males and females.

The winners of these are :

U17-Masters section

Highest Age graded score in a single event:

Fiona Matheson, with a score in excess of 100%, from the 3k time trial, which the age grade calculator describes as world record class and Kane Elliot with a score in excess of 90% in the virtual mile, (described as world class.) We are spoiled by having such talented runners in our midst. These scores reflect running at the very highest level for their age and gender. Literally world class. The silvers were won won with two very classy runs by Olivia Vareille in the virtual mile and Mike McQuaid in the Jack Crawford. The bronze medals the third highest single age graded score went to our series winners, who were………..

Highest Average score from best 4 events: We had an amazing 14 runners complete the minimum requirement of four events

The winners are :

Karen McAllister and Grant Matheson. Both scored around 80% ( described as National class). Well done on keeping fit throughout the series and maintaining a high level of performance over various distances.

The battles for the silvers and bronzes were very close affairs and went to the wire. Roisin Fulton claims the women’s silver, just pipping Lorna, who collects the bronze. The results between them could hardly have been closer. In the men’s table we saw the medals change hands right up to the final event. Douglas Hill gets silver, completing his 4th event and scoring highly enough to push Alex Bryce into the bronze position. 

A special mention to Monica and Malcolm, both finishing 4th in their categories. Great running guys. Also well done to Calum Ross, Craig Johnston, Euan Hogarth, Andrew Stavert, Alastair Mccallum and our road running endurance coach Stephen Baird for completing at least 4 events.

U11-15 (Junior) section

The winners are Emily Christie and Luke Culliton. Fantastic running, especially in the 2 time trials saw Emily and Luke win their respective series with age graded average scores well into the 80’s, and both peaking in the 800m in excess of 85%. Emily’s big sister Caitlyn wins the silver, as does Ray Taylor for the boys. Sadly injury kept Caitlyn out of the time trials. Ray showed excellent consistency in his running, scoring in excess of 80% in all of the events he ran in. The bronzes to Erin Hendry and Adam Bradley, both of whom kept their best running for the very competitive time trials.

A special mention should also go to Josie Anderson, Chloe Davis, Katie Hedges, Kai Taylor and Dearbhla Fulton who all competed in three events.

In recent years the road series has been a quiet series, perhaps not getting the attention it deserved, but this year saw it revitalised. 96 members took part in at least one event, and 25 of them compete in the minimum number to have a medal chance. The vast majority of these events were run exclusively for club members, in line with government and SAL guidelines, at a time when the pandemic has pretty much stopped competitive road running. Hopefully they gave you something to train for and stay motivated.

Well done if you or your children took part. Congratulations if you won a medal and thank you if you helped coach our athletes or marshalled at any of the events.

Full results are HERE