Campbell leads home record field in Skye half marathon

Hugh Campbell  stormed his way to a fourth Skye Half Marathon win last weekend, leading home a record field of 450 runners in the annual race.

The Portree runner set a new local best time of one hour, 11 minutes and six seconds to retain the title he won last year.

In an excellent race Campbell was pushed hard by Gordon Lennox of Forres Harriers, who eventually had to settle for runner-up spot in 1.12.56. Andrew Lawrence from Morpeth Harriers took third place in 1.13.40, with the top eight runners all recording times under the one hour and 20-minute mark.

Campbell said an altered approach to train­ing had improved his running this year, with his progress – under coach Karen Macleod – qualifying him for championship entry to next year’s London Marathon.
He said: “I am not stuck to a rigid schedule like I was previously. This more relaxed approach seems to be working well for me and was a big reason why I ran so well on Saturday.

“Another reason for the quick time was the strong competition from Forres Harriers’ Gordon Lennox. I am delighted to retain my title again for the fourth time and maintain my 100 per cent win record.”
Campbell will now turn his focus to preparing for the Great North Run in September and the Great Scottish Run in October.

“My intention is to try to break 70 minutes and run a personal best at either of these races,” he added. “I am also hoping to run the London Marathon next year as my time qualifies me for championship entry.”
Skye and Lochalsh Running Club’s Jeremy Rossiter also recorded a top 10 finish, coming home seventh in 1.17.21. The third local man home was James MacInnes, in 1.25.45.

Top female runner was Anne Hartman in 1.28.37, with Linlithgow’s Charlotte Fortune in second place and Portobello’s Yana Thandrayen third. Broadford’s Carol Benson was the top local female in a time of 1.43.36, with Sam Crowe second and Iona MacKinnon third.

The first 120 runners to finish were as follows (for full results, see skyehalfmarathon.org.uk):
1 1:11:06, Hugh Campbell, Lucky2BHere; 2 1:12:56, Gordon Lennox, Forres Harriers; 3 1:13:40, Andrew Lawrence, Morpeth Harriers & AC; 4 1:14:58, Johnny Lawson, Portobello Running Club; 5 1:16:54, Stuart MacDougall, Bellahouston Harriers; 6 1:17:10, Matthew Sutherland, Edinburgh University Hare & Hounds; 7 1:17:21, Jeremy Rossiter, Skye & Lochalsh Running & Athletics Club; 8 1:19:16, Paul Miller, Inverness Harriers A A C; 9 1:20:23, Michael Odonnell; 10 1:20:37, Paul Carroll, Clydesdale Harriers; 11 1:21:10, Roger Clark, Carnegie Harriers; 12 1:21:18, Bryan Lomas, Congleton Harriers; 13 1:23:50 Craig Lamont, Bellahouston Harriers; 14 1:24:01, Andrew McKechanie, Hunters Bog Trotters; 15 1:24:18 Colin McLean, Springburn Harriers; 16 1:24:19 Ruairidh MacDonald, Bellahouston Harriers; 17 1:24:27 Scott Craighead, Carnethy Hill Racing Club; 18 1:24:58 Richard Smith, Preston Harriers; 19 1:25:15 Neil Grant, Inverness Harriers A A C; 20 1:25:34 John MacAskill, Stornoway Running and Athletics Club.
21 1:25:45 James MacCinnes; 22 1:25:57 Oliver Harrison, Carnethy Hill Racing Club Senior; 23 1:26:00 Heckie Cormack, Skye & Lochalsh Running & Athletics Club; 24 1:26:20 Angus MacLeod; 25 1:26:53 John McLaughlin, Garscube Harriers; 26 1:26:58 Andy McMahon, Stornoway Running and Athletics Club; 27 1:27:07 Norman Ferguson, Stornoway Running and Athletics Club; 28 1:27:08 Christopher James, Skye & Lochalsh Running & Athletics Club; 29 1:27:25 Derek Brines; 30 1:27:46 Mark Crowe, Skye & Lochalsh Running & Athletics Club;. 31 1:28:13 Hugh Standen, Skye & Lochalsh Running & Athletics; 32 1:28:41 Colin Shuttleworth, Clayton le Moors Harriers AC; 33 1:28:44 Anne Hartmann; 34 1:29:14 Andrew Grimshaw, Preston Harriers; 35 1:29:47 Benjamin Cluderay; 36 1:29:58 Tom Smith, Bellahouston Harriers; 37 1:30:04 Dave Cassidy; 38 1:30:07 Mark Willetts; 39 1:30:12 Ali Kennedy, Lochaber Athletic Club; 40 1:30:27 Charlotte Fortune, Linlithgow AAC.
41 1:30:42 Bert Van Tuijl, Lynx Pack; 42 1:31:10 Craig Munro; 43 1:31:25 Geoff Carle, Lynx Pack; 44 1:31:34 Gregor Baillie; 45 1:32:13 Norbert Luber, MTG Mannheim Running; 46 1:32:21 Gerard McConville, Fusion Triathlon Club; 47 1:32:40 Yana Thandrayen, Portobello Running Club; 48 1:32:42 Robert McCully; 49 1:32:44 Barry Carson; 50 1:32:45 Scott Hyslop, Linlithgow AAC; 51 1:33:01 Alan Inglis, Stornoway Running and Athletics Club; 52 1:33:05 Iain Welsh; 53 1:33:13 Sarah Attwood, York Knavesmire Harriers; 54 1:33:25 Colin Whitby, Irvine Running Club; 55 1:33:27 Gareth Walker; 56 1:33:30 Alan Appleby, Preston Harriers; 57 1:33:41 Tracy Brogan; 58 1:33:54 Kevin Murray, Serpentine RC; 59 1:33:58 Alex Turner, Skye & Lochalsh Running & Athletics Club; 60 1:33:58 Rob Pickford.
61 1:34:06 Alan Johnstone; 62 1:34:15 Michael Whitby; 63 1:34:18 Iain MacLean, Stornoway Running and Athletics Club; 64 1:34:23 Stephen Fraser, Nairn Road Runners; 65 1:34:35 Robin Livingstone, Hunters Bog Trotters; 66 1:35:03 Simon Axon, Hunters Bog Trotters; 67 1:35:04 Matt Pearce, Troon Tortoises; 68 1:35:31 Alasdair Smith; 69 1:35:38 David Cameron; 70 1:35:48 Fiona MacRitchie, Inverness Harriers AAC; 71 1:36:13 Paul Sadler, Clowne Road Runners Club; 72 1:36:26 David Wright, Lochaber Athletic Club; 73 1:36:39 David Warner; 74 1:36:45 Andy Sime; 75 1:36:47 Darren West; Harrogate Harriers & AC; 76 1:36:51 Robert MacAskill; 77 1:37:07 Duncan Moir; 78 1:37:08 Forrest Buckner; 79 1:37:20 Terry Allen, Team Angus; 80 1:37:35 Vladeta Stojanovic.
81 1:37:37 Barrie MacKinnon, Lochaber Athletic Club; 82 1:38:02 Ida Kubrova, Cotswold Allrunners; 83 1:38:02 Tomas Eisner Skoale; 84 1:38:33 Lorn Pearson, Super Human Club; 85 1:38:59 Gordon McLeay, Craigrossie Cycle Club; 86 1:39:05 Timmy Reichardt; 87 1:39:12 Angus Andrew; 88 1:39:13 Wayne Pirie; 89 1:39:16 Andrew Holloway; 90 1:39:23 Louise Provan, Hunters Bog Trotters; 91 1:39:29 Rorie Henderson, Team Angus; 92 1:39:32 Neil Murray; 93 1:39:37 Derek MacDonald; 94 1:39:53 Billy Shanks, Lucky2BHere; 95 1:40:22 Eric Walton; 96 1:40:41 Finlay Pennington, Muir of Ord Jog Scotland; 97 1:40:44 Steven Reid; 98 1:40:57 Peter Barzetovic, Nuneaton Harriers; 99 1:41:06 Mark Gormley Ronhill, Cambuslang Harriers; 100 1:41:10 Andrew Bowker, Wester Ross Athletics.
101 1:41:13 Michael Brennand, Preston Harriers; 102 1:41:30 Alan Murray; 103 1:41:33 Keith Bell; 104 1:41:44 John Cassels; 105 1:41:52 Chris Furse; 106 1:41:57 Willie MacRae, Highland Hill Runners; 107 1:42:08 Neil Gentleman; 108 1:42:18 Tom Collins, Clydesdale Harriers; 109 1:42:22 Kieran McLaughlin, Garscube Harriers; 110 1:42:26 Brian Couper, Linlithgow AAC; 111 1:42:29 Calum MacLean; 112 1:42:35 Helen Falconer, Portobello Running Club; 113 1:42:51 Neil Burrows; 114 1:42:56 Mark Pullan, Linlithgow AAC; 115 1:43:08 Katrina Statham; 116 1:43:32 Jonathan Lawford; 117 1:43:32 Matthew Constable; 118 1:43:36 Carol Benson; 119 1:43:36 Davie Bruce; 120 1:43:37 Matt Paxton, Leeds & Bradford Triathlon Club.