Road Running

IT was personal bests all round for the three Forfar Road Runners who made the trip north this weekend to take part in the 2012 Inverness Half-Marathon, where a record field enjoyed near perfect racing conditions.

First Forfar runner home was Hugh Mackenzie, making his debut at the half-marathon distance in a solid time of 1:56:37, followed by reigning half-marathon champion Beverly Smeaton in 1:58:04, knocking a minute of her person best for the distance and a remarkable five minutes off her time for the same course last year. And despite only recently returning from injury, Angie Mackenzie put in a great run to take a full four minutes off her half marathon PB, finishing in a time of 2:06:03.

Away from the races Forfar Road Runners are pleased to announce that the second year of their popular Zero2Hero Challenge will start on Wednesday, April 4 at 6.30 pm.

If you’ve ever fancied taking up running but not known where to begin - or have signed up for this year’s Marafun and are beginning to panic - Zero2Hero is the ideal starting place.

Meeting at Forfar Leisure Centre every Wednesday over the spring and summer, the introductory training session will take you through a warm up, followed by some walking and gentle jogging, and finishing off with some stretching exercises. Aimed at the complete beginner, the sessions progress over the weeks with less walking and more jogging while we gradually increase the distance covered until you are ready to run your first 5K or even 10K race or Marafun.

For more details, please see the club website -

Finally, the club will be holding a Charity Quiz Night at the West End Social Club at 7.30 pm, on Friday, May 11. Teams of four are invited at £5 per head, with all money raised going towards this year’s Forfar Marafun. Please see the club website for details.