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Half Marathon added to latest Lindsays Virtual Road Challenge

New 13.1 mile option for seniors and masters in popular lockdown contest

scottishathletics have included a new half marathon option for senior and masters runners in the latest round of the Lindsays Virtual Road Challenges.

The next edition of the popular lockdown challenge – open to runners in all age categories from U11 (1.5km) to senior and masters (8km or 13.1 miles) – will run from midnight Friday, 29 January through to 23:59 Monday, 1 February.

Entries to the challenge close on Thursday, 28 January. Performances must be submitted by noon on Tuesday, 2 February.

Over 400 runs were submitted after the last road challenge, held over the weekend of 8–10 January.

scottishathletics regard these virtual events as ‘semi-competitive opportunities’, as while they still provide runners a target to aim for ‘in a period where staging physical events is “off limits” because of lockdown regulations, athletes have to run them on their own.

James Donald of Dundee Hawkhill Harriers topped the 8km senior men’s leaderboard of last month's challenge with his performance (23:45); Rebecca Johnson of Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds topped the women’s (27:37).

Michelle Sandison of Springburn Harriers took the women’s masters’ title (30:21) and Chris Poxton of Corstorphine AAC the men’s (26:44).

Cambuslang Harriers A (Gavin Smith, Jamie MacKinnon and Craig Jardine) won the senior (8km) ‘any age any gender’ team challenge; Corstorphine AAC A and Inverclyde AC A rounded off the virtual team podium.

Image courtesy: Jenny Hill (Unsplash)

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