Busy spell for runners

A VERY busy and successful week for Forfar Road Runners kicked off last Wednesday with the Kinnoull Hill Race in Perth, where Craig Stewart consolidated his position at the top of the club’s Off-Road league by finishing in an impressive eighth place with a personal best time of 29 minutes and 9 seconds.

Ron Milne, currently lying second behind Craig in the league, was next FRR back, finishing in a time of 35.52.

Brian Bonnyman, running for his first claim club Westerlands, finished in second place in a PB of 26.57, 55 seconds behind the race winner Don Naylor of HBT, while the women’s race was won by Sheena Jack of Fife AC in 31.52.

Craig was in action again on Saturday at the Cateran 55 mile ultra marathon in Perthshire, where he knocked a remarkable 50 minutes off his previous best time to take the first male vet 40 prize, finishing in 4th place overall in a time of eight hours 47 minutes and 24 seconds.

Meanwhile, at the Demon Run adventure race in Strathclyde Country Park, women’s Off-Road League leader Cath McInally shared the winner’s points with clubmate Donna Pass, finishing 1st equal in the longer event in a time of 45.42.

Beverly Smeaton was next Forfar Road Runner home in 55.17, while local runner Roy Campbell took fifth place overall in 42.26 and Karen Campbell finished third lady in 47.14.

The following day, Beverly was in action again this time at the Baker Hughes 10k in Aberdeen, where despite hot conditions and tired legs, she put in a season’s best of 55.49.

Also competing at the weekend was Brian Bonnyman, who along with Manny Gorman of Westerlands and the crew of the Morag Mhor took part in the Scottish Islands Peaks Race, a sailing and hill running race which sees competitors sail 160 miles from Oban to Troon, running 64 miles over the highest peaks of Mull, Jura and Arran on the way.

The team finished fifth in their class in an overall time of 66 hours with Manny and Brian coming fifth in the ‘King of the Bens’ competition in a time of 11 hours and 40 minutes, clocking the second fastest time on Arran behind new record holders Joe Symonds and Robbie Simpson.

Performance of the week, however, has to be Jack Davies’s superb run at the Bupa Great Manchester 10k on Sunday. Running on his 65th birthday, Jack took almost two minutes off his PB to finish 1st in the 65-69 age group - in a race with around 40,000 runners - in an excellent time of 43.32.

Finally, as this Sunday sees the club fielding three teams in the Forfar Marafun, Sunday’s usual club meeting will be replaced by a social evening for club members, friends and family, meeting in the Osnaburg Bar, from 7.30 pm.