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Scottish and UK 100km Championships to be held in Edinburgh

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Edinburgh’s Self Transcendence 100km race is set to host both the Scottish and UK Athletic 100km road race championships on Sunday 20 May 2007.

 

The event, held on a 2 mile loop at the Heriot-Watt University campus on the edge of the city, will attract most of Britain’s top 100km runners.  Organised by the city’s small, but enthusiastic, Sri Chinmoy Athletic Club, who have a strong ultra tradition, it will be the 13th 100km event they have organised in Edinburgh.

 

Full event details and an entry form can be found at the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team website. Or contact Race co-ordinator, Adrian Stott on 0131-313 5300 (daytime)

 

100km is the longest distance recognised by UK Athletics for championship purposes and Scotland and Great Britain has a strong tradition in the event with Simon Pride, Forres, winning the World 100km title in 1999 and Trudi Thomson, Pitreavie, the women’s World Silver medal in 1994.

 

Incorporated in this year’s race is the Anglo-Celtic Plate, a home countries international between England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Eire. 

 

Current UK men’s champion, Matt Lynas, Thames Hare and Hounds, pictured, was involved in a close finish in last year’s UK championship at Gloucester coming through strongly in the later stages to beat Aldershot’s Paul Harewood by 2 minutes.

 

Last year’s UK women’s champion, Lizzie Hawker from Cambridge went on to win the World title in Korea, also in a very close finish, by one of the closest winning margins in the history of the event, a mere 5 seconds after 62.2 miles of running.