Lasswade 10 victory for Kerry

Kerry Liam Wilson, winner of Lasswade AC's 10-mile road race, on the driveway at Whitehill Golf Club
Kerry Liam Wilson, winner of Lasswade AC's 10-mile road race, on the driveway at Whitehill Golf Club

Once again, Ferguson Park, Rosewell, was the headquarters for the running of the 2011 Lasswade Athletic Club 10-mile road race.

The ‘Lasswade 10’ continues to grow in popularity, with the leading runners from Cambuslang, Kilbarchan, Edinburgh and Aberdeen and in the case of the third-placed woman - Arlene Bristow - encompassing a special trip from Shetland to compete in this race.

With nearly 400 starters assembling at the west side of the village, race starter Kenny Marshall set them in motion at exactly noon, and they headed off to Roslin Glen in bright sunshine, but with the temperature dropping as the afternoon continued.

It was always a close race right from the start, with the eventual winner, Kerry Liam Wilson of Ron Hill Cambuslang, only getting the better of the 2008 winner Paul Arcari of Kilbarchan in the closing stages.

The always-reliable Bryan Clark of Corstorphine was involved in a long dual with Barney Phillips of the host club before opening a small gap in the last mile.

This was enough to ensure a clear run for Clark to take third spot, with the Lasswade athlete enjoying a 40-second advantage over the fifth-placed Craig Mattocks of Hunters Bog Trotters.

In the women’s race, Megan Wright of Hunters Bog Trotters was the winner, ahead of previous winner Sue Ridlay of Edinburgh and the Shetland AC competitor Arlene Bristow.

The top-placed Lasswade woman was Wilma Kerr, while the winning teams were Corstorphine for the men (B Clark, G Wilkie and D Patton) and Hunters Bog Trotters for the women (M Wright, Kate Jenkins and Morag McCracken).

First Jog Scotland was John Smith (170th) and the first Midlothian man was Ben Mitchell (Lasswade AC).

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