Almost 800 runners took on the 45th “Round the Houses” and 6th Jim Dingwall Memorial 10km road race last Sunday.
Tesgai Tewelde eased away from his team mates over the final few kilometres to record a comfortable victory in 30 minutes and 16 seconds - ten seconds quicker than last year’s winning time.
Shettleston athletes Teweldeberhan Mengisteab and Paul Sorrie finished second and third as they easily won the team competition.
The universities title went to Edinburgh’s Michael Gillespie who was fourth overall in 31.37 having represented Scotland the previous day in the Home Countries Cross Country International match in Ireland.
The women’s race was a much closer affair with last year’s winner, local athlete Fiona Matheson, in a ding dong battle with St Andrews University’s Megan Crawford throughout the race. Crawford’s youth won through in the end as she recorded a fine victory to also take the Universities title in 36.23 to Matheson’s 36.36 with Jill Knowles of the Scottish Prison service AAC third in exactly 37 minutes.
The McGinlay Quaich for the first Falkirk Victoria Harrier home was the closest race of the day with Gary Smith, chased hard by Barry Paterson and Alec Davidson entering the finish straight within Grangemouth Stadium with less than 100 metres between them.
Smith’s lead was enough to see him retain the Quaich in a time of 34.20.
The Vics masters’ men’s team - Kenny Rankin, John Martin, Jim McLaren and Stephen Oliver - also did well to retain the team title.
Fun runners and charity fundraisers continued to pour across the finish line even an hour and 20 minutes from the event start by Provost Pat Reid, and Jim Dingwall’s mother was on hand to hand out prizes once again.