Great turn out for the Plum Pudding Plod

Over 200 runners, joggers and walkers took to the trails of Forfar Loch Country Park on Boxing Day for the annual Forfar Road Runners’ Plum Pudding Plod.

Under 20 Scotland international Jamie Crowe of Dundee Hawkhill Harriers was the clear winner, finishing the 2.5 mile course in 13 minutes and 26 seconds, over a minute ahead of Andrew Woodroffe who crossed the line in 14.31.

Dundee Hawkhill veteran Craig Love finished in third place in 14.41 with Carly McNeil of Aberdeen finishing in 10th place overall to take the first lady prize in 16.19.

First female junior was Kirrie runner Katie Anderson of Dundee Hawkhill in 17.38 with Eathan McColgan taking the male junior prize in 18.27.

Meanwhile, it turned out to be an easy victory for the bikers at the annual Cyclists versus Harriers Race in Caird Park on December 29. Making the most of a favourable course and firm ground conditions, the cyclists took the first 10 positions with Paul Cooper of Angus Bike Chain finishing in pole position a full lap ahead of the first runner, clocking a time of 19 minutes and 33 seconds for the four-mile course.

Second counter for the bikes was Barry Wilson of Dundee Thistle in 20.14 with club mate Neil Scott taking third in 20.27. First back for the runners was Brian Bonnyman of Forfar Road Runners who finished 12th overall in a time of 25.54 just ahead of Dundee Hawk Craig Love 26.03.

Stephen Connor of Forfar RR finished sixth runner (22nd place overall) in 27.22 while local runner Rory Fairburn took 34th place in a time of 31.01.

The Forfar Road Runners Annual General Meeting and prize-giving is on Sunday, January 26 in the Osnaburg at 7.30 p.m.