Forfar runners in London marathon

IT WAS another busy week for Forfar Road Runners with club members in competition up and down the country.

On Sunday (April 14) Keith Headridge completed a windy and wet Lochaber Marathon to finish in 3hrs 50mins 33secs. Fellow Kirrie runner Andy Wilmshurst clocked 3:29:29, having cycled 112 miles from Kirriemuir the previous day in training for the City to Summit Triathlon in June. The race was won by Robert Gilroy of Ronhill Cambuslang in 2:33:19 while Joanna Zakrzewski took four minutes off the female record to finish in 2:45:55.

On Sunday, April 21, two Forfar Road Runners joined the throngs pounding the capital’s streets in the 33rd London Marathon. Ewan Greenhill finished an excellent 53rd place in the v60 category in a time of 3:38:48, while Dawn MacFarlane put in a well-paced 4:28:33.

Nearer to home, Bev Smeaton took part in her first Camperdown Park run on Saturday, finishing the 5k race in 27mins 22sec.

Meanwhile at Sunday’s Angus Half Marathon, Ron Simpson led home the Forfar RR contingent with a PB of 1:43:03 closely followed by Roy Campbell who clocked 1:44:02. Karen Campbell, taking part in only her second half, had a storming run to finish third female vet in a PB of 1:47:17 while Sandra Pattie, in her first race after her warm weather training in South Africa, finished in a solid 2 hours and 46 seconds.

There are still a few places left for the Forfar Road Runners’ charity quiz night in the Plough Inn on April 26. Full details and entry form are available on the club’s website. Finally, online entries for this year’s Forfar 10k, which takes place on Sunday, August 18, open this Thursday at 7 p.m. With the race strictly limited to 350 places, runners are advised to enter as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.