Athletes turn out in force for Lasswade 10 mile road race

The start of Lasswade AC 10K in Rosewell
The start of Lasswade AC 10K in Rosewell

Rosewell was the centre of the universe for athletes 
last Saturday when they 
converged on the village to com pete in the Lasswade AC 10 mile road race.

Athletes began arriving at Ferguson Park up to two hours before the race start to complete registration and get ready for the event.

And as midday struck close on 400 athletes from Midlothian and beyond had made their way to the start line on Carnethie Street.

A challenging, but scenic, course was a good test for the best of runners.

Starting out from Carnethie Street the course took athletes through Roslin Glen on to Auchendinny and back, before coming back into Rosewell.

From there athletes ran along Thornton Road and past Whitehill House before reaching the finish line.

All along the route a team of officials, marshalls and police were on hand to keep things running smoothly and cheer on the athletes.

Conditions were good with the rain holding off for most of the race, with the 
sun making a rare but welcome appearance now and then.

Coming home in first place in the Men’s event was Edinburgh AC runner Iain Whitaker.

Looking strong throughout Iain built up a lead over the field to eventually come home in a time of 55 minutes 57 seconds.

In the battle for second spot HBT athlete Patryk 
Gierjatowicz came home in 56.32 minutes ahead of third place athlete Julian Barrable from Corstorphine.

Julian finished seven seconds back in a time of 56.39.

It was a good day for Corstorphine runners as they also came away with the top spot in the Men’s team competition.

The first of the Lasswade athletes home was Scott 
Dickson, followed by Stephen Brown.

In the women’s race Alison Rowatt powered through the course, comfortably winning in a time of 62.26 minutes.

Carnethy athlete Charlotte Morgan, who was first woman home in the gruelling Carnethy 5 Hill race last month, was runner up in a time of 64.09.

She was followed home by HBT athlete Eilis McKechanie in another good time of 64.49.

Alison Rowatt also received the prize for first placed veteran.

The first of the Midlothian runners home was Catriona Probert, of Edinburgh AC, in a time of 67.00.

Catriona’s third place 
finish, alongside Sheena 
MacLullich in eighth and 
Sara Cadenas in 25th, was enough to take the Women’s team prize for Edinburgh

Athletes continued to stream into the finish throughout the afternoon.

It was then back to Ferguson Park for presentations and a buffet.

A spokesman for Lassade AC said: ‘‘Huge thanks go out to all the athletes, organisers, officials, marshalls, volunteers, police, first aiders and catering crew who contributed to making the event such a success. ‘‘

Full results are available on the Lasswade AC website

See P38 for more photos.