Tomas Abyu powers home to win Baxters Loch Ness Marathon for third time

Tomas Abyu of Salford Harriers won the tenth Baxters Loch Ness Marathon today (Sunday 2 October), with a time of 2 hours 20 minutes and 50 seconds. It is Tomas’s third win in as many visits to Loch Ness. Runner up was Ross Houston of Central AC (2:21:05) (who also won the Men’s Scottish Marathon Championships) and in third place was Chris Wilson of Ron Hill Cambuslang Harriers (2:25:15).

Lisa Finlay of Dumfries Running Club won the women’s Baxters Loch Ness Marathon course in a personal best of 2 hours 59 minutes and 14 seconds. Crossing the finish line in second place was Carole Setchell of Shettleston Harriers, clipping almost 15 minutes off her personal best with a time of 3:02:56. Third was Gail Murdoch of Carnegie Harriers (3:09:37).

Tomas Abyu, winner of the 2011 Baxters Loch Ness Marathon, said: “The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon is a good fast course, and its such a beautiful area. I had a very good run in the second half of the course today – Ross Houston, second in the Marathon, was pushing the pace but I felt very comfortable. This is my third time running the event and the weather is always great for the event, and a perfect temperature for running.”

In the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon’s 10th anniversary year, Erica Christie, one of ten runners completing the course for the tenth time, was eighth female across the finish line.

Over 8300 runners from 45 countries entered this weekend’s Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running, the UK’s most scenic marathon

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