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TWO years ago the Deuchary Hill Race route had to be cut short due to the snowy conditions, but sunscreen rather than snowshoes was the order of the day last Sunday as a record field turned out to run the eleven-mile course with 800 metres of climb over forestry tracks and grassy trails north of Dunkeld.

Despite the unseasonally warm temperatures, making it hard going on the climbs, the combination of dry underfoot conditions and a quality field led to the course record being smashed by teenage Scottish international hill runner Robbie Simpson of Deeside, who finished the race in just under 1 hr 24 minutes.

First V40 was Fife AC’s Mark Harris, while course record holder and former mountain running world champion Angela Mudge of Carnethy took the women’s prize.

Brian Bonnyman, running for his first claim club Westerlands, finished in 8th place, 2nd V40, in a provisional time of 1:33:10.

This Sunday sees the next counter in the club’s Off-road league, Laura’s Race 10k at Murton Nature Reserve near Forfar. Registration from 8 am for an early 8.30 am start.

Next week the club’s Zero2Hero Challenge starts, meeting at 6.30 pm on Wednesday, April 4, at the Forfar Leisure Centre.

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 place to start.

Aimed at the complete beginner, the sessions progress over the weeks from walking and jogging to running, until you’re ready to run your first 5K or even 10K race or Marafun. For more details, please see the club website - www.forfarroadrunners.co.uk

Now the clocks have gone forward, Wednesday night training runs are heading back out of town, starting tonight with the Drumgley route (out the Glamis Road and back by in by Paddy).

The runs for the rest of the month are as follows:- April 4, Glamis Rd, Whirlies, back in Dundee Rd; April 11, off-road route via Benzil; April 18, Dundee Rd, Ladenford and back via Kingsmuir; April 25, Arbroath Rd, Auchterforfar, Pitreuchie Farm, Lour Road.

All runs start as usual from the Leisure Centre at 6.30 pm.

Finally, everyone at the Forfar Road Runners would like to wish club president Brian Niblock a speedy recovery and we look forward to seeing him back on the roads before too long.