It was another busy weekend for Forfar Road Runners, with members in action up and down the country.
On Saturday morning, Craig Stewart put in what was the best performance of his career to date with a tremendous run at the D33 Ultra, a 33-mile race from Aberdeen to Banchory and back along the Deeside Way. Taking over 30 minutes off his time from last year, Craig finished in 3 hours, 51 minutes and 51 seconds, winning the V40 category outright and taking third place overall out of a record field of 192 finishers. Gareth Mayze of Teviotdale took first place in 3:32:32, followed by last year’s winner Grant Jeans in 3:42:05, while the women’s title went to Rebecca Johnson of Bellahouston RR in a time of 3:59:37.
Meanwhile on Saturday evening Forfar’s crack team of Stags and Does - Brian Niblock, Cath McInally and Davie Douglas together with Donna Pass - joined over 1600 other runners to take on the Mighty Deerstalker, a torchlit off-road ‘10k’ (though actually nearer 9 mile) race over two hills, forest trails and various obstacles starting from Traquair House in Peeblesshire.
Running (and staggering/crawling/paddling) together, the tweed-clad team finished in a time of 3:25:33. Other Forfar runners were Roy Campbell (2:21:51) and Susan Edwards (3:58:04).
The race was won by Murray Strain of HBT in a time of 1:14:43, almost six minutes ahead of Forres Harrier’s Kyle Grieg, with Sarah O’Neill taking the female title in 1:27:41.
At Sunday’s Alloa Half-Marathon Lynn Henderson continued her run of excellent form with yet another PB, finishing in a time of 1:28:45.
Next back was Jack Davies, finishing 7th in his M60 age group with a PB of 1:40:51, followed by Sandra Pattie, who continued her build up for London by knocking an impressive 2 minutes 19 seconds off her previous best to finish in 1:52:26.
Finally, the club’s next monthly meeting will take place this Sunday in the lounge at the Osnaburg Bar, at 7.30 pm. All club members welcome.