It has been a busy couple of weeks for Forfar Road Runners with off-road races providing the early season focus for the club.
On February 15 three club members took part in the 44th Carnethy Five Hill Race in the Pentland Hills south of Edinburgh.
Brian Bonnyman finished in 40th place in a time of 61 minutes and two seconds, with Nara Hena 207th in 1.14.26 and Sarah Clark 455th in 1.42.06.
The race was won for the second time by Orlando Edwards of Hunters Bog Trotters in 51.27 seconds with Sarah McCormack of Moorfoot Runners taking the female prize in a time of 1.00.43.
The following day (February 15), Alan Welsh finished seventh overall and first over 50 veteran at the ‘unofficial’ Devilla Forest 15K Trail race in a time of one hour three minutes and 39 seconds.
A week later at the official race Ron Milne was first home for the club finishing in 128th place in 1.00.47 followed by Karen Campbell in 211th place and a time of 1.05.01. Liz McInally was next back for the club in 1.10.55 with Sandra Pattie finishing in a time of 1.13.33. The race was won by Musselburgh veteran Robert Watson in 46.46 with Suzanne Gray of Pitreavie first female in 53.44.
Meanwhile on Saturday, February 22, Brian Bonnyman took first place at the Camperdown 5K Parkrun in a time of 18 minutes and 16 seconds with Craig Love of Dundee Hawkhill taking second in 18.38. Portia Brown of Dundee Road Runners took the ladies’ prize in 24.12 while 10 year old Jenny Bonnyman finished first U14 female junior in a time of 27.05.
Next weekend attention turns back to the roads with the Cupar five-mile race on Saturday followed by Sunday’s sell-out ‘Smokies Ladies Only Ten Mile Race’ in Arbroath.