A DOZEN members of Pitreavie AAC's endurance section have enjoyed the resumption of competition by running at two events across the Forth.

In one of the first meets since the end of the second COVID-19 lockdown, 12 athletes took part in two races on May 9 – the Edinburgh 20 and the Dalmeny Half Marathon, both of which were organised by Blast Running.

Runners began from Cramond and over a tough and undulating course, the route followed the coastline to South Queensferry, where the 20-mile race traversed the Forth Road Bridge and then returned to join the half-marathon runners, where the two races carried on to finish in the Dalmeny Estate.

An excellent day's running was enjoyed by the Pitreavie contingent, whose first home in the 20-mile race was Iain Howatt.

The V50 male competitor placed ninth, in a time of two hours, 28 minutes and 18 seconds, and was only 15 minutes shy of the race winner, Harmeny AC's V40 athlete Ross Miller, who clocked a time of 2:13.23.

Senior male David Henderson was the first Pitreavie runner to finish in the half marathon, completing the 13-mile distance in 1:33.37, placing 17th in a race won by David McNamara (unaffiliated) in 1:19.24.

Meanwhile, Lukasz Cwiklewski continued to put the word 'endurance' into 'endurance section' by setting about completing an astonishing 100K along Kirkcaldy promenade.

After starting his epic personal challenge at the very early start time of 5am, the overcast conditions were no deterrent to the Pitreavie runner, who completed his effort in nine hours and 25 minutes.

That not only was well under his target time of 10 hours but improved on his previous personal best by an excellent one hour and five minutes.