The hills are alive for Leven Las Vegas pairing

Chris Russell presents The Caley Cup to Sarah Haran.
Chris Russell presents The Caley Cup to Sarah Haran.

There was a welcome in the hillsides for Leven Las Vegas pair Scott Houston and Tessa Davies when they travelled down to South Wales to take part in two running events.

The duo were aiming to make their mark at the Llyn Llech Owain parkrun on Saturday morning followed by the Llanelli Half Marathon on the Sunday

It was an excellent example of ‘parkrun tourism’ for the duo and a real challenge as well especially when coupled with the tough Alloa Half Marathon all within the space of a week.

Tuesday evening saw the end of the latest LLV ten-week training block with the traditional short pursuit race being run where the slower runners start off first and the faster ones afterwards.

The first to cross the finish line wins and it was an extremely close finish with Sarah Haran narrowly beating Sandi Cooper by only one second.

The competitors then headed off to the Caledonia Hotel for more week ten celebrations and the presentation of The Caley Cup to Sarah for her victory in the pursuit race.

The last of the 2015/16 Nightmare Series, the Falkland Finale, took place on Thursday over 3.2 miles on the rugged trails of the Falkland Estate in the darkness with 20 LLV taking part.

It was expected to be a very close contested event as only one point separated the first two overall.

Jonny Peebles of Lochore Meadies led from the start with series leader Chris Russell of Leven Las Vegas down in third trying to hang on to second placed Bryan Innes despite still struggling with flu.

Peebles pulled well clear and out of sight but LLV’s Russell rallied and took second halfway round the second lap.

With Peebles set to win and tie the series on points with Russell it would be decided on cumulative time for the whole series of six races.

Jonny Peebles finished 1st in 19:24. Russell crossed the line 41s behind and promptly collapsed in a heap exhausted and unable to catch a breath.

However his efforts were worth it as he took the series by just 16s.

Amazingly that was Russell’s tenth Nightmare title in a row and his 15th in total. Stewart Luke finished third in the series.

In the ladies race the series leader Jane Dunlop of DRR was never headed and finished in style with another win.

That gave her a third Nightmare Series title in five years.

Alison Sutherland from FTR finished second in the race on her series debut and Zoey Johnston of FTR finished third.

Susanne Lumsden and Zandra Mcculloch took the remaining podium places in the overall series.

Over £350 was raised for charity on the night with £1350 being raised in total by the 180 participants of the Nightmare Series.