Craig leading Britain in Holland

ANOTHER very busy weekend of road running has kept local runners on their toes.

On Saturday past a new event on the race calendar, the inaugural Crathes half marathon on Royal Deeside saw 335 complete one of the most scenic races around. Bev Smeaton continued her fine vein of form in a finishing time of 1-59-39.

On Sunday, whilst thousands were taking to the streets of Newcastle for the world-famous Great North Run another event nearer home amid more humble surroundings attracted local entrants. The Stirling 10km over a fairly flat, fast course saw Brian Niblock and Cath McInally record 42-05 and 44-52 respectively.

The results round-up continues with Billy Douglas who recorded 26 minutes 58 seconds at the Blairgowrie Highland Games hill race recently.

The same weekend (September 11) saw the Dutch town of Winschoten host the 2011 World 100km championships.

Running for team GB, Craig Stewart was leading Briton in seven hours, 49-59 with Allen Smalls 7-53-06 and Glaswegian, Grant Jeans 8-50-02.

Italian Giorgio Calcaterra emerged as world champion in a fantastic six hours 27-32 ahead of Americans Michael Wardian 6-42-49 and Andrew Henshaw 6-44-35.

In the ladies event Joanna Zakrewski of Dumfries Running Club placed second in 7-41-06 behind Russian, Marina Bychkova in 7-27-19.

The penultimate six mile handicap race of the series on September 7 saw another clear win for Brian Bonnyman in 34-51. The ideal running conditions saw five personal bests recorded with Jack Davies 43-57, Hugh McKenzie 48-09, Bev Smeaton 51-40, Angie MacKenzie 53-54 and Sandra Mearns 54-20 setting new highs.

Other finishers include Craig Stewart 37-40, Brian Niblock 41-19, Ron Milne 42-03, Mark Melnyk 44-43, Billy Douglas 45-37, Stuart Irving 45-54, Sandra Pattie 54-50 and Lisa MacKenzie 57-46.

Others who completed a 5km circuit included Tracy Morgan 19-02, Cath McInally 21-30, Donna Pass 21-58, Heather Anderson 24-41, Ali Murray 30-22 and Donna Joiner 30-22.

Looking ahead on September 24 the club will be represented at the River Ayr Way ultra with the East Neuk 10km on September 25 with the Loch Ness Marathon on October 2, Pentland Skyline Hill Race on October 9 and Aviemore half marathon on October 16.

This Sunday, September 25 the club host the monthly club meeting in the Osnaburg Lounge at 7.30pm.

All local runners are invited to hear Gavin Durston from Eassie give a talk on his running experiences to date.

Visit www.forfarroadrunners.co.uk for more information. Entry forms are in circulation for the Glen Clova half marathon on November 12. Please hurry to avoid disappointment.