The conditions in the bog did not hinder some runners with Michael Ferguson from Aberdeen AAC setting a new course record of 51:34, taking 25 seconds off the record set by James Waldie last year. Second was David Webster (Dundee Road Runners) in 53.44 with Michael’s club mates, Fearghas Thomson and Steven Murray finishing third and fourth. Fifth place went to Shaun Mochan from Shettleston Harriers. All five were seniors.
The women’s race was won by Mairi Littleson from Dundee Road Runners in 63.45, followed by Chrissie Maitland (Pitreavie, senior), Alison McNeilly (Dundee Road Runners, F40) and Danielle Callaghan (Falkirk Victoria Harriers, senior). Fifth place went to junior athlete Tasha Myles from Strathearn Harriers.
Unfortunately, Aberdeen AAC only had three runners so first team prize went to Dundee Road Runners, with Fife AC second. There was a total of 366 finishers
Great race which saw last year’s winner Ben Kinninmonth (Fife AC) victorious again in a new course record of 16.24, over a minute and a half ahead of the next runner. The previous record of 16.35 was set in 2018 by Michael Healy. Second was Aaron Ritchie (RTC Warriors) (17:58) and third place went to Matthew Fisher of Fife AC (18:11), both juniors.
In the women’s race, the top four spots were taken by juniors. First home, 5th overall and in a new female course record of 18:17 was Corrie McGougan (Falkirk Victoria Harriers), shaving 5 seconds off the previous record of 18:22 which was set by Kathryn Pennel in the inaugural event in 2012. Second (10th overall) was Mirabelle Meade from Pitreavie (19:32), third (11th overall) Millie Gairn from Airdrie Harriers (19:45) whilst Mirabelle’s twin sister Maisey (also Pitreavie) was 14th overall and took first Junior female prize. Worth noting that the first three were under 20 minutes hopefully a sign of greater things to come from them. Corrie’s parents Nicola May and Duncan McGougan who were club members back in the day.
Pitreavie took the team prize with 18 points. There was a total of 125 finishers.
Harriers picked up a number of prizes. In the 15k, Steven King was 3rd V50 and Alan Murray 4th V50, with Sam Laird 3rd F40, Joy Gudgin 1st F60 and Hayley Penman 1st FJunior.
In the 5k, Lesley Reynolds was first F50.
More photos courtesy of club member Brian Miller here