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“Over the Moon,” Welsh does club and country proud

Colin Welsh in his GB & NI vest

Colin Welsh completed his World Masters adventure with an 11th place finish in the 1500m writes Bruce Hughes but after competing in two world finals, he’s understandably; “over the moon.”

The eight staging of the biennial indoor championships for veterans aged 35 and over, saw participants from every corner of the globe convene on Toruń, Poland for seven days of fierce competition.

The medieval Polish City, famous for its Museum of Gingerbread, was the destination for Teviotdale Harriers Welsh. This time racing in his Great British and Northern Ireland vest, he tested himself on the track against some seriously sharp and seasoned runners.

“The standard was obviously high,” explained Colin. “But to be qualify for two World finals at the same meeting and then be in the mix in those two finals, I’m over the moon.”

Four races in four days may have taken its toll but that’s exactly how Colin would want it; “On reflection, now the dust has settled and I’ve had a couple of pints (it’s important to rehydrate), my legs are in bits, my bodies in tatters but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

The only picture I could get from Colin

“It’s been an amazing experience and I’m already looking forward to Venice in September for the European Masters. I’m hoping for hotter weather though as its been snowing here.”

Not sure how much snow affects and indoor event, but Colin was very warm with his appreciation of everyone who offered encouragement whilst he’s been away; “support from home has been unreal and I would like to thank everyone for their messages.”


M35 800m Final 28th March 2019

  1. Aaron Brown (GBR) 1:58.70
  2. Jeremie Nattes (FRA) 1:58.76
  3. Artur Mroz (POL) 1:59.11

9. Colin Welsh (GBR) 2:02.31


M35 1500m Final 30th March 2019

  1. Roger Vila (ESP) 4:03.58
  2. Adel Hfaiedh (TUN) 4:04.16
  3. Jeremie Nattes (FRA) 4:04.23

11. Colin Welsh (GBR) 4:19.07

Ladies Day At Livingston

The National Road Relays proved a historic occasion for Teviotdale Harriers at Livingston on Sunday – for the first time ever, the Club had a full team competing in the women’s race amongst some of Scotland’s best runners.

Ann Aitken, Jade McHugh, Donna Inglis and Kirsty Hughes tackled the undulating technical course around the streets around of West Lothians largest town, with a stiff breeze adding to the test.

Ann Aitken, Jade McHugh, Donna Inglis and Kirsty Hughes

The increasingly popular event saw Teviotdale travel with three officials and 14 runners, nine men and five women, as teams of men (6) and women (4) ran alternating short and long laps. The short legs were roughly three miles and the long about 5.8 miles.

First under the starters gun were the men at the stroke of midday. Team ‘A’ for Teviotdale consisted of Andy Goodair, Sammy Walker, Andrew Gibson, Rory Anderson, Alister Biggar and Alan Inglis. The Harriers also had a partial Team ‘B’ in Derek Ballantyne, Derek Scott and Alan Coltman who competed over the first three legs.

Andy Goodair, Sammy Walker, Andrew Gibson, Rory Anderson, Alister Biggar and Alan Inglis

Ten minutes after the men, the women’s race would commence, with Ann leading them out. Starting alongside Ann would be Ishbel Inglis, our solo Team ‘B’ competitor in the women’s competition.

Derek Ballantyne, Alan Coltman, Derek Scott and Ishbel Inglis

Andy Goodair (19:50) and Derek Ballantyne (22:32) resolutely raced around short leg one as Sammy and Derek Scott waited to take on the first of the long legs. Running enigma Sammy continues to belie his years and flew around in impressive fashion (33:26) with Derek (43:20) battling through a niggling calf to complete his leg.

Regular Road Relay runner Andrew (20:33) posted his fastest ever time over the short leg with Alan Coltman (24:56) bringing Team ‘B’s race to an end. Meanwhile Ann (28:47) powered to the line, not far behind Ishbel (28:25) and Jade took over the running.

Setting off on her long leg, Jades (50:12) unswerving style of running handled the course keenly. Rory in the meantime was now on his long leg, and absolutely flying. Third leg women’s runner Donna took over from Jade and mid-run had time to describe how much she was enjoying her leg.

Rory (32:53) raced right to the line and smashed his personal course record to set Alister Biggar off on the penultimate leg. Donna (28:08) completed her run and Kirsty waited to run the fourth and final women’s leg.

Alister (22:02) gritted his teeth and was obviously giving his all as he passed with about 1km of running to go. Alan Inglis would finish off what the previous five had started. Kirsty (47:22) who is clearly enjoying her running just now, amazed herself at the personal time she had achieved as she crossed the line to place Teviotdale Harriers a creditable 32nd.

Alan, now the only Harrier left to complete his leg, soon appeared around the corner and in customary fashion gasped for air and pushed himself to the limit as he raced towards the finish line. Alans (39:14) efforts placed the men’s team 40th overall.