the Gods certainly shone on Forfar Road Runners at the weekend when the club hosted the Glen Clova half marathon on Saturday past.
The heavy overnight rain abated on race morning to give a clear mild day with light breezes for the 20th running of this popular event.
Early leaders managed to forge a commanding lead over the early miles with previous winner Nick Milosorov of Aberdeen taking the honours in 74-14 ahead of Chris Russell of Fife AC 76-06 and Dundee Hawk, Roger van Gompel 78-28. Niamh Mooney took the ladies title in 92-52 ahead of Carnegia Harriers pair Isobel Burnett 94-09 and Fabienne Thompson 94-47. Local runner Brian Bonnyman placed fifth in 79-23 to lead home the local contingent ahead of Craig Steart 88-39, Keith Hendridge 92-47, Ewan Greenhill 95-00, Ron Milne 97-38, Jack Davies 102-34, Leslie McLaren 105-08, Scott McPherson 108-07, Donna Pass 108-12, Mark Guild 110-15, Elizabeth Montgomery-Fox PB 111-03, George Balfour 113-54, Phil Leslie 114-04, James Robertson 117-02, Ewan Milne 122-19, Eileen Jackson 122-35, Sandra Mearns 124-04 and Chic Jolly 126-26.
Fife AC took the male team prize with Carnegie Harriers winning the ladies event.
Last Sunday saw the club doing battle for the Hartley Inter-club relay title over a wet and muddy Alva circuit.
Perth Road Runners topped the bill in 68-15 ahead of Pinster Haddies men in 68-34 and Kinross RR 70-10, Forfar men placed fourth in 79-35 with Ryan Nicoll, Mark Melnyk, Ron Milne, James Beattie and father and son Ewan and Ewan Greenhill in the ‘A’ Team.
Forfar ladies went one better, placing third in 91-36 behind Anster Haddies and Perth Road runners represented by Tracy Morgan, Bev Smeaton, Lynn Henderson, Cath McInally and mother and daugther Angie and Lisa Mackenzie.
The Forfar mixed team comprising Brian Niblock, Sarah Niblock, Nairn Duguid, Liz Nicoll and Fergus Carnegie battled hard to record an aggregate of 93-34. James Beattie recorded the fastest Forfar lap time of six minutes, seven seconds with Tracy Morgan fasted female on the day with six minutes, 17 seconds.
The confirmed times at the Templeton 10 the previous weekend are as follows: Brian Bonnyman 60-25, Craig Stewart 70-12, Lynn Henderson 70-23, Ewan Greenhill 74-11, Ron Milne 75-49, Mark Melnyk 84-11, Hugh Mackenzie 87-47, Eileen Jackson 91-16, Beverly Smeaton 92-20, Sandra Pattie 93-59, Angie Mackenzie 94-12, Julie Taylor 100-12, Susan Dickson 100-36 and Karen Fletcher 102-39.
This weekend the options are the Fraserburgh half marathon or cross-country series at Banchory on Sunday, November 20.