A challenging week

FORFAR Road Runners were out in force again this weekend, competing in races that ranged from three to 53 miles.

At Saturday’s Camperdown Parkrun, club champion Lynn Henderson finished the hilly 5k in 20 minutes 49 seconds, her fastest time yet for the course.

Bev Smeaton was next Forfar Road Runner in 28.12, with Dianne Masson next back in 32.08. Bev was racing again on Sunday in the Tayside Running Sisters 5k at Monikie Country Park, this time clocking her first personal best of the year with an excellent 26.51.

Also on Sunday, Joe Welsh and Ron Milne took on the aptly named Heaven and Hell Half Marathon near Perth, one of the country’s hilliest road races.

Ron finished in 1 hour 49 minutes and 33 seconds, while Joe had a storming run to finish first V40 and fifth overall in 1.33.50.

Further south, reigning men’s club champion Jack Davies made the most of near ideal conditions at the Greater Manchester Marathon to take 16 minutes off his PB for the distance.

Jack covered the 26.2 miles in three hours 34 minutes 52 seconds, finishing first in the V65 category.

Meanwhile, congratulations are due to the two club members who tackled the daunting Highland Fling on Saturday, a 53 mile multi-terrain ultra that follows the West Highland Way from Milngavie to Tyndrum. Gavin Durston had a great run to finish in 136th place in a time of 10 hours 49 minutes and one second while Sarah Clark, taking part in her first ever ultra-marathon, finished in 14 hours 46 minutes and 55 seconds.

The race was won by Lee Kemp in 7.02.50 with Tracy Dean first woman home in a time of 9.12.21, while Kirrie runner Andy Wilmshurst finished 91st in a time of 10.21.33.

Finally, the club’s first six mile handicap of the season will take place next Wednesday (May 8) at Suttieside, starting at 7 p.m.