Inverclyde AC’s Jonny Glen finished top of the standings in the Scottish Athletics 5k Virtual Championships, leading an array of top performances by the club’s athletes.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, athletics in Scotland has been largely limited, with Scottish Athletics hosting virtual races instead.
The latest looks to act as a qualifier for the Scottish 5k Championships – which the governing body hopes to host this autumn in one of its first in-person competitions.
Jonny was able to use his time from the Podium 5k race in Burnley, where he finished 14th in a time of 14:01 – enough to finish top of the table.
His teammates were close behind with Andy Douglas placing fifth in a time trial time of 14:42, ahead of the ever-improving John Bell in sixth in 14:44.
Ross Gray was next from the club in 23rd in a time trial time of 15:13, ahead of Mark Doherty – who also ran the Podium 5k race, in 15:21 for 28th.
Pete Tucker was close behind in one of his quickest times in years in 31st in 15:27, three seconds ahead of Jon Hammerman who finished in 34th and as top veteran in the over 40 category.
Cammy Watson placed 36th after his 15:36 effort from the Podium 5k race, followed by second Vet 40 David Henderson in 63rd in 16:02, Al Myers in 16:09 for 68th and Colin Doherty clocking a time of 16:15 for 74th.
The women were out in force too with under 17 Abi Hammerman recording the best time in the club with a best of 18:53 – in what looks to be a massive personal best to finish fourth in her age group.
She was closely followed by Rachael Bushfield who finished 13th in the senior women’s category in 19:03 and Nynke Mulholland who has had an absence from training in recent months, placing 17th in 19:32.
Jennifer Lyne and new start Cara Hoey showed the depth that is starting to show from the women’s team as the finished with time of 20:32 and 20:34 respectively.
Jennifer was 10th under 20, while Cara finished 23rd in the senior women’s category.
Back to the men’s results, Dylan Crawford narrowly missed the top 100 with a time of 16:45 to place 101st, while Paul Friend finished 188th in a time of 18:32 to round off the senior team’s results.