New course record

Despite low cloud and torrential rain, 62 runners turned out for Friday evening’s White Tops Hill Race in the Sidlaws north of Dundee.

The conditions seemed to suit Brian Bonnyman, running for Westerlands, who took the lead on the first climb up Auchterhouse Hill and went on to set a new course record, finishing in 46 minutes and 48 seconds.

Kirrie’s Iain Anderson of Dundee Hawkhill was next home in 49.13, followed by clubmate Des Crowe, who was the first V50 home in 50.35.

First home for Forfar Road Runners was Craig Stewart, who had another strong run to finish in fifth in a time of 51.55, while club mate Ron Milne also ran well to finish 33rd in 63.48.

The ladies race was won by Carnethy’s Jaqueline McIntyre in 58.21, followed by Hilary Ritchie of Fife AC in 60.00.

Meanwhile, there was a worrying moment for the race organisers when two runners failed to arrive back at the finish.

The emergency services were called out but fortunately the two runners, who had become lost in the mist, managed to make their own way back off the hill just before dark.

On Saturday, Forfar Road Runners Dawn McFarlane and Karen Fletcher joined the other 248 runners taking part in the ‘Barrathon’ - the Isle of Barra’s own half-marathon.

The hilly course, which takes in a circuit of the island and culminates with a 350ft climb a 340ft climb up Heaval, was won by Andrew Laycock in 1hr 20m 53s, while the women’s title went to Gloria White in a time of 1hr 32m 17s.

Dawn and Karen, who are both in training for the Inverness Marathon, ran together finishing in a very respectable 2hrs 05m 15s.

Ron Milne was back in action again at Sunday’s Stonehaven Half Marathon, finishing in an impressive 1hr 39m 14s, less than 48 hours after running the White Tops.

Club mate Liz Nichol, running her first half marathon of the season, posted a time of 2hrs 05m 11s.

Meanwhile, at the front of the race, Ben Hukins took the men’s title in some style, finishing ten minutes clear of the field in 1hr 08m 54s, while Carolyn McLeod was first lady in a time of 1hr 26m 12s.

This Sunday will see the club’s next six-mile time trial starting from Suttieside at 11 am .

All local runners welcome.

Finally, just a reminder that Forfar Road Runners will be hosting its annual hill race on Friday, July 13.

Entry to the four-mile race is £2, with registration in the Osnburg Bar from 6.30 pm The race starts from the Reid Park Road at 7.30 pm with post-race prize-giving and refreshments back at the Osnaburgh Bar.