Busy month for Forfar Road Runners

Forfar Road Runners.
Forfar Road Runners.

Forfar Road Runners enjoyed a successful trip to Anstruther, taking second place in no less than three of the five contested categories in the annual Hartley Cup Relays.

In the women’s competition, the Forfar Road Runners’ Ladies’ A team of Elizabeth Montgomery-Fox, Karen Campbell, Liz McInally, Rachel Young and Pam Irving finished in a time of one hour 16 minutes and 31 seconds, 10 minutes shy of the winning Kinross Ladies team, and ahead of third placed Kinross Ladies Veterans.

Nicola Callander, Angela Beattie, Lesley Cromar, Sandra Pattie and Sarah Clark of the FRR Ladies B team finished in a commendable sixth place in a time of 1.27.58.

In the mixed team competition, the Forfar RR team of Brian Bonnyman, Craig Stewart, Tracy Morgan, Donna Pass and Stephen Connor lost out to host club Anster Haddies by one minute to take second place in a time of 1.02.10.

In the men’s competition the FRR team of David Webster, Brian Niblock, Hugh Mackenzie, Ion Cromar, Billy Douglas and Ron Milne finished in 1.24.20 to take fourth place behind Leven Las Vegas, Falkland Trail Runners and Kinross RR.

Forfar’s 16 and under team of Scott Douglas, Sandy Bonnyman, Katie Bonnyman and Josh Campbell had a great run to take second place behind the Kinross Juniors in a time of 1.19.11.

Finally, FRR’s 12 and under team of Euan Cromar, Rebecca Bonnyman, Jenny Bonnyman, Ciara Campbell and Niamh Campbell put in a superb effort, finishing in 44.54 to take sixth place in their category, with Kinross winning the title ahead of Perth RR and the Anster Haddies Small Fries.

The last few weeks have also seen some good results for Forfar RRs at the weekly Camperdown Parkrun 5K.

On November 15 Donna Pass finished third lady and first vet 40 in 23.46 while Karen Campbell clocked 25.07. On November 22 Rachel Young marked her Parkrun debut in style, finishing third lady in a time of 24.26, with Karen Campbell taking fifth place in 25.01, while Angie Mackenzie finished 14th in 28.33. Finally, on November 29 Brian Bonnyman notched up his fifth Parkrun victory in a time of 18 minutes, with club mate Donna Pass finishing fifth lady overall in 23.41 and Angie Mackenzie finishing in a new PB of 27.50.

On Sunday, November 23 Jack Davies put in a great performance at the hilly Conwy Half-Marathon to finish just outside his personal best in a time of one hour 37 minutes and three seconds.

Dundee’s Camperdown Park was the venue for this year’s Scottish Athletics East District Cross Country Championships.

International orienteer Murray Strain of Hunters Bog Trotters was clear winner of the senior men’s race, taking his third title in four years in 31 minutes and 41 seconds. First counter for Forfar Road Runners was Brian Bonnyman, who finished in 41 place overall and fourth V40 in a time of 36.12.

Alan Welsh was next back for the club in 127th place in 41.41 with Ron Milne finishing as Forfar’s third counter. Central AC’s Morag MacLarty won the senior women’s race for the second year in a row in a time of 23.30, with Forfar RR’s Tracy Morgan finishing in a creditable 36th place in 27.30. The men’s team prize went once again to Central AC with HBT taking the women’s title.