Succesful running weekend for Forfar

Forfar off-road specialists Craig Stewart and Ron Milne were both in action on Saturday for the annual Ben Nevis Hill Race.

Craig ran up and down the 4,406ft mountain to finish in a respectable time of 2 hrs 26 mins and 3 seconds while Ron - running his 20th Ben - had a great run to finish in 2.39.00.

Meanwhile, at the head of the race local lad Finlay Wild of Lochaber made it three in a row, turning round a 90 second deficit at the summit to finish almost three minutes clear of Bingley Harriers’ Rob Jebb, in a time of 1.29.56, while Sharon Taylor of Bingley won the women’s race in 1.59.23.

The following day saw no less than 13 Forfar Road Runners join the 8,700 other competitors in Glasgow for the Great Scottish Run Half Marathon. Ewan Greenhill was first back for the club in a time of 1.36.01, not too far in front of Ion Cromar 1.36.55, while both Hugh Mackenzie (1.48.12) and Elizabeth Montgomery-Fox (1:49:59) clocked person best times despite the warm conditions. The other Forfar RR finishers were Dawn McFarlane 1.52.38, Sandra Pattie 1:52:58, Angie Mackenzie 2.01.28 (PB), Beverly Smeaton 2.04.21, Sam Connelly 2.13.42, Karen Fletcher, Claire McBean - running her first half - and Heather Anderson ran together, finishing in 2.19.29, with Diane Oldershaw finishing in 2.25.33.

Finally, Lynn Henderson rounded off a busy weekend for the club on Sunday by taking second place at a warm and windy Moray Marathon, finishing just shy of her personal best in an impressive 3 hours and 15 minutes. Next Wednesday (September 12) sees the penultimate six-mile time-trial of the season.