Garscube man Marco races to victory in Barcelona

Barcelona 24-hour race winner Marco Consani
Barcelona 24-hour race winner Marco Consani

A Bearsden man has shown his rivals a clean pair of heels to win a top international endurance running event in Barcelona.

Marco Consani, a member of Garscube Harriers, won the Barcelona 24-hour race, an event which involved running around a track for a full 24 hours.

The former Boclair Academy pupil covered 256km (159 miles) during his exertions which broke the course record and bettered his previous personal best of 248km.

Not only that, but his finishing total also qualified him once again for the Great Britain team and placed him eighth on the British all-time list.

No stranger to ultra-distance running, 41-year-old Marco has represented Scotland at 100km and was part of the Great Britain gold medal winning team at the World 24 hour championships in Italy earlier in the year.

In Scotland, Marco has completed the West Highland Way four times and his best time for the race is just over 16 hours - for a 95-mile journey which usually takes people a week to complete.

He also holds the course record at the Glasgow to Edinburgh 55 miles race with 6 hours 19 minutes.

Marco fits the weekly high mileage training required for the discipline around a job in IT, which sees him make a daily commute to Edinburgh.

He also has to juggle training time with his wife Debbie, who is also a GB ultra-distance athlete, and their six-year-old son Cairn.

Marco’s triumph in Catalonia added to a series of notable successes he has had in recent years.

As well as world gold, he also won the European title with the British team in 2015 and finished second in the Lakeland 100, a race he won in 2014.

Other previous successes include coming first in the 2014 Winter 100 and Glasgow to Edinburgh 55, both with new course records, as well as winning the Crawley 12 hour race, while two years ago he won the Tooting 24 hour event and was part of the winning Scottish team in the Anglo Celtic Plate 100K.

Marco is now taking a well deserved rest for a few weeks before starting to train and build up for his 2016 challenges.

His aims for the months ahead include achieving further success running for Great Britain in the European 24 hour championships and again for Scotland in the Celtic Plate 100k event.

Away from competitive running Marco is also one of the creators of the Marcothon - a challenge which involves people running 25 minutes or three miles every day which has so far attracted over 5000 people from all over the world.