Some of the senior endurance athletes managed to fit in a bit of late season sunshine with a trip to take part in the Valencia Marathon and 10k races this weekend. Weather was perfect over the weekend with temperatures at a pleasant 23 degrees in the run up to the race. With an early start of 8:30 it was cool to begin with but temperatures rose slightly to provide ideal conditions for runners and support crew alike.
The race itself was fantastically well organised on a flat and fast course which snaked it’s way round the beautiful city of Valencia. Crowds lined the streets in the later stages narrowing as the finish line came into sight to cheer the runners into the spectacular finish at the City’s famous Museum of Arts.
First home for the Hawks was Lee Strachan in a new PB of 2:41:01 closely chased home by Billy Gibson in 2:41:24. There were other great runs by Gareth Irons (2:53:11), Kenny Liddell (2:56:59) and ray Tully (3:28:09).
Special mention to Bruce Scott who made a guest appearance for the weekend and signalled his return to competitive action with a 10k run of 35:20. Obviously inspired by his room mate the previous evening and new world record holder Joshua Cheptegai!!