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Room to Run at Huntly is a hit with athletes of all ages


By Pat Scott

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The start of the 5k race.
The start of the 5k race.

ROOM to Run returned bigger and better than ever last Saturday.

Around 700 runners from across the north east joined in the 5k, 10k and half marathon and some even challenged themselves in the Hero, crossing the finish line for the 5k and minutes later setting off on the 10k.

The start of the half marathon.
The start of the half marathon.
Linndsey and Amy Garrioch at the start of the 5k race.
Linndsey and Amy Garrioch at the start of the 5k race.
The 5K runners are piped up to the start line.
The 5K runners are piped up to the start line.

Before the adult races got under way, in the region of 300 kids took part in fun runs which started from the war memorial and covered varying distances in Castle Avenue.

Heading for the finish line.
Heading for the finish line.
On the home straight.
On the home straight.

Bruce Murray of Huntly Sports Hub who organsied the events said: "It was one of the very few large races to be held and was described as the highlight of their running year so far by many. The feedback from everyone was that it was great to be back to Huntly, its one of their favourite races and the scenery, atmosphere and the spectacular food on offer at the end of the race is unequalled – many have already committed to coming back in 2022.

"Extra precautions were put in place to mitigate covid risk. We’re absolutely delighted with the support we received from all the local sponsors and volunteers who helped to make the day special for the runners."

It was a great day for the first lady in the 10K Amy Muir from Stonehaven Running Club.

Womens 10k winner Amy Muir leaps over the finish line.
Womens 10k winner Amy Muir leaps over the finish line.

Muir, originally from Huntly said it was mega special to lead the ladies.

She said: "In 2019 I was second so this is just so good and means so much to me. There's a lot of my family here today and this is my hometown where I started running."

Fastest in the 5K in a tremendous time of 16:26 was Alisadair Steele from Stonehaven Running Club.

Steele who won the race in 2019 said was surprised by the pace at which the run set off and said: "It started off quick. It was tough and pretty hot."

Father and son Brian and Owen Christie complete the 5k.
Father and son Brian and Owen Christie complete the 5k.

Leading the ladies race was Premnay teenager, 13 year old Rhian Birnie.

Judi Forsyth, Lisa Forsyth and Jan McNeillie at the start of the half marathon.
Judi Forsyth, Lisa Forsyth and Jan McNeillie at the start of the half marathon.

Rory Brand from Garioch Road Runners won the 10k on 41.47.

A first time entrant to the race series, Brand admitted he did not like hills and found the initial three to four miles really hard.

He said: "It felt really fast but with no one taking the lead I thought I would give it a go and I am pleased with the result. There have been so few races to go to so I decided to give this one a go and I will be back."

Winner of the half marathon.
Winner of the half marathon.

Another newcomer who has pledged to return was the winner of the half marathon, Bryan Smart from Aberdeen.

A triumphant finish from Anna Armstong and Donna Campbell.
A triumphant finish from Anna Armstong and Donna Campbell.

He said: "It was a tough run and undulating but I'll be back."

Results: 5K: 1 Alisadair Steele 16.26; 2 Mark Beagrie, Peterhead 16.42; 3 Eddie McLusky Metro Aberdeen 16.47.

Ladies: 1 Rhian Birnie 19.53; 2 Alison Pilichos 20.56; 3 Sarah Dingwall 21.52.

10k: 1 Rory Brand 41.47; 2 Graham Stephen, 42.38; 3 Russell Whyte 43.15.

Ladies: 1 Amy Muir 47.47; 2 Natalie Leask 50.12; 3 Susan Naysmith 50.13

Half marathon 162

1 Bryan Smart 1.25.29; 2 Ean Wilson 1.29.29; 3 Graham Aitken 1.32.26.

Ladies: 1 Gemma Horne 1.43.00; 2 Chanetle Clark 1.43.29; 3 Rachel Little 1.46.05


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