Tom Scott Memorial 10mile race & Scottish 10mile Road race Championships

Strathclyde Park

7th April 2013

A report on the race can be found here

The complete set of results can be found here

A picture of Fiona Matheson crossing the finishing line along with other race pictures here

A report on Fiona's British record can be found here Looks somehow familiar

The Scottish 10 mile road race championships were held on Sunday 7th April as part of the Tom Scott Memorial 10 mile road race. It proved to be a very successful day for Falkirk Victoria Harriers with the men's team winning the team title after good solid performances from some of the clubs younger veteran athletes: Barry Paterson, Brian Turner and Alan McKay. It's quite an achievement for an all 35+ team to win this race. It is believed to be the first time the club has won the team title since 1972 when Sam Downie, who was the East District Cross Country Champion at the time, won the race in 47 min 45 secs with legend Willie Day third. The team also included club legends David Wilson and Willie Sharp.

Pride of place however, must go to Fiona Matheson who continued her excellent form in 2013 by smashing the British F50+ record when winning the Senior Women's race. Winning the race it's self is a remarkable achievement for a 50+ year old, but to take the British record in the process is fantastic. Fiona has also previously won the women's race in 2010 which was the first time a Vic had appeared in the prize list since Peter Faulds who was 2nd in the men's race in 1986 in a quick 47 min 44secs on the old point to point Law to Motherwell course. Since 2004, when for road safety, the race was moved into Strathclyde Park and has become basically two laps of Strathclyde loch, a course which in previous years has also hosted the Scottish 10km Championships and also the British Masters 10km Championships.

Fiona's remarkable time of 58 min 08 secs eclipses former Commonwealth Games 3000m Gold Medallist and 5000m world record holder Paula Fudge's time of 60 min 30 secs set at Portsmouth in 2002, although the record books also acknowledge fellow Scot Sandra Branney's time of 59 min 06 secs set during the Brampton to Carlisle race in 2004. As a result of this run Fiona now holds every British Women's 50+ road record from 5km to half marathon with only the marathon record now not in her possession.

Andrew Ronald

Barry Paterson a member of the winning men's team gives an insight to the race from a runner's point of view:

Its quite hard to put into words about this race, to be honest I was quite focused on running a fast hard race rather than thinking about a team title.
The Tom Scott 10 mile race is at an ideal point of the year to test with the winter training, and its certainly a testing distance and course, with twice looping around the loch at Strathclyde Country park (which isn't flat by any mean's), and with a few races on the up-coming road racing circuit, I was eager to put in a good performance. I knew Brian Turner would be hard on my heels, as since he joined Falkirk we have been training together in the same group, so we knew we were in for a close race. After we finished the race and completed our warm down, we had no idea that we would win the team title, and it wasn't until I was home that I received a couple of texts to say we had won the overall team title on the day, and then we had scooped the National Team 10 mile title for Falkirk. We are sad not to have been there on the day to collect our medals due to family commitments etc, but our Ladies champ gladly collected our medals for us. Hopefully this can show others what Falkirk Vics can do, and bring a new breed of runners through the ranks who are eager for the same success.

Barry Paterson

Full Results from the large number of Vics who travelled to Strathclyde Park for the race which was also part of the clubs road race championships are below:-

Results

Athlete
Place
Time
Gender Position
Cat Position
Barry Paterson
9
56:13
9
7
Brian Turner
10
56:46
10
8
Fiona Matheson
16
58:08
1
1
Alan Mackay
34
1:01:55
30
14
Grant Matheson
86
1:09:12
68
17
Jim McLaren
105
1:11:37
83
21
Gary Love
142
1:16:32
113
34
Nicola Flynn
147
1:17:08
30
15
David Bunyan
166
1:21:59
131
11