Road running

BRITISH hill running champion Joe Symonds of HBT won Sunday’s Templeton Ten Mile Road Race in convincing style, finishing in 52 minutes 32 seconds, almost five minutes clear of Dundee Hawkhill’s Howell Craske (57.30).

Neil Gunstone of Dundee Hawkhill took 3rd place in 58.40, while Jillian Gordon of Kinross Road Runners headed home the women’s field in 65.52, a minute clear of Fife AC’s Amie McKinnie (66.52).

First home for Forfar Road Runners was Lynn Henderson, who finished 3rd senior female in a time of 70.42, with Ewan Greenhill (71.24), Neil Ironside (73.43) and Gavin Durston (74.41) not far behind. Next back was Elizabeth Montgomery-Fox in 85.49, just ahead of Hugh Mackenzie (86.00), with Sandra Pattie clocking up a course PB in 92.37.

Meanwhile, on Saturday Craig Stewart rounded off an impressive ultra and off-road season with 24th place in the Glen Ogle 33 Mile Ultra Marathon. Braving freezing temperatures and the occasion blizzard, Craig finished the challenging out and back course from Strathyre in a time of 4 hrs 37 mins 05 secs. The race was won by Craig Reid in 3 hrs 43 mins 22 secs ahead of Craig Cunningham (3.47.11) and Duncan Oakes (3.50.48), while Alison Wilson took the women’s title in 4.31.49.

Back on the roads, Jack Davies racked up another strong performance on October 28 at the Preston Guild Half Marathon. Despite heavy rain and a hilly course, Jack finished first male vet 65 in a personal best time of 1hr 38 mins 44 secs.

This Saturday sees Forfar Road Runners host the classic Glen Clova Half Marathon, while on Sunday, November 18, four teams will be representing the club at the Hartley Relays in Burntisland.