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Runners take on Bennachie Ultra Marathon


By Kyle Ritchie

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The third Bennachie Ultra Marathon saw runners tackle a 50k route on the hill range.

As well as covering over 31 miles in distance, the race had more than 5000ft of elevation gain.

It started and finished at the Bennachie Visitor Centre and the mostly off-road race took in the best trails which the hill has to offer.

This included at Millstone Hill, Hermit Seat, Oxen Craig, Little Oxen, Craigshannoch and Mither Tap.

The race saw 91 entrants start and 80 managed to finish the course.

In the men's section Allan Christie of Metro Aberdeen Running Club won with a time of 4 hours, 13 minutes and 36 seconds.

Fellow club member Jonathan Gamble followed behind in second clocking a time of 4 hours, 18 minutes and 26 seconds.

In third place was Brian Sharp from Lochaber Athletic Club with a time of 4 hours, 18 minutes and 51 seconds.

The top three finishers in the Bennachie Ultra Marathon's men's section with race director Andrew Gordon and Karen Simpson from sponsors Peterkins. Picture: Graham Watson Photography
The top three finishers in the Bennachie Ultra Marathon's men's section with race director Andrew Gordon and Karen Simpson from sponsors Peterkins. Picture: Graham Watson Photography

In the women's section Jana Vidis from Evolve Running took first place with a time of five hours, 19 minutes and 11 seconds, finishing 11th overall.

Second was Emma Roberts with a time of 5 hours, 30 minutes and 54 seconds and was 17th overall.

Metro Aberdeen Running Club member Chloe Sangster was third with a time of 5 hours, 34 minutes and 10 seconds, finishing 19th overall.

The podium for the Bennachie Ultra Marathon's women's section with race director Rod Wallace and Karen Simpson from sponsors Peterkins. Picture: Graham Watson Photography
The podium for the Bennachie Ultra Marathon's women's section with race director Rod Wallace and Karen Simpson from sponsors Peterkins. Picture: Graham Watson Photography

The race directors Rod Wallace, Andrew Gordon and Adam Swinton said they were grateful to sponsors Peterkins, Milne H S Butchers Bucksburn, Sinclairs Bakery Rhynie and Graham Watson Photography for their continued support; and Bennachie Visitor Centre and COTAG for their assistance.


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