Well done to Robbie who beat experienced road runner Ben Hukins to win the Garioch 10km in a record time of 32:14 in a sprint finish. Dan Whitehead kept up with the leaders in the early stages and hung on to finsih 3rd in 34:50. Clair was comfortably first woman in 37:41 with myself lumbering round in 39:06. Only did it because I can walk to the start from my house!
For anyone interested, it is a very scenic route but definitely not one for a fast time with two small hills and one very hard long slog between kilometre 2 and 6. It was also unseasonably hot. The race was in the headlines for all the wrong reasons as one of the tail enders collapsed very near the finish and could not be revived by paramedics.
Wow, what an experience!! A huge event, with races for all ages from U13 to Seniors, men and women and about 200 in each of them. The starts were somewhat of a cross between the Grand National start and Braveheart battle charge. Or so it seemed to Sam Burgess as the only Scotland East representative in the U17 race. With a field of 285 runners organised in 50 starting pens, the pace was fierce in the first 200 metres. Sam soon found himself about one third of the way down from the leaders but then had a fantastic run through the field over the two 3 km laps to finish 25th overall and first Scot over the line, beating the Scotland West runners who had run so strongly in the Scottish championships. Sam thoroughly enjoyed the experience and was delighted with his run.