CORSTORPHINE’S men’s masters M50 teams scooped a gold and a silver on successive weekends to continue their impressive run of form.

The quartet of Max Colligan, Alan Cunningham, Iain Macleod and Stuart Campbell triumphed at the Scottish Veteran Harriers Club road relays at Strathclyde Park on January 29. All four CAAC athletes’ individual times were in the top eight for the event to finish 55 seconds ahead of Cambuslang Harriers.

The victory was followed with second spot at last weekend’s Lindsay Masters XC Championships in Tollcross, Glasgow. Iain this time teamed up with Ken Speirs and Keith Hood for the four 2km laps, with the trio coming home in 8th, 9th and 10th places individually to claim silver behind Cambuslang.

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Iain, who is gearing up for the Manchester Marathon in April, told how the team faced some four-legged obstacles and the scourge of extendable leads while battling the wind and hills of the Strathclyde Park race.

He said: “It’s a great wee course but there were hazards with a number of sausage dog walkers gathering. My fitness is good due to the marathon training so I was perhaps retaining some speed. I was hopeful for a top three position at Tollcross. It’s a fun, fast and tight course with a strong field so I opted for a quick start, pushing hard over the first lap. Keith and Ken passed me on the final lap but I finished close behind Keith.”

Iain, who hopes to go sub-three hours in Manchester, added: “I was happy with my performance, bringing an end to my Scottish cross-country season.”


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