THE first frosts of the winter weren’t bad enough to deter Forfar Road Runners at the weekend.
A large number were involved in the inaugural Glenogle 33-mile ultra race at Lochearnhead and the Templeton 10-miler in Dundee.
The Glenogle event started at 8 am, with a sharp frost and foggy conditions clearing quickly to give wide panoramic views of the countryside and ideal running conditions.
Paul Raistrick led home the 130 runers in three hours at 21 minutes, with lucy Colquhoun in front for the ladies in three hours and 46 minutes.
Forfar’s contingent comprised Craig Stewart, who was placed 18th in four hours and five minutes, ahead of Antonia Johnson (4:38) and Scott McPherson (5:40).
An equally sharp frost greeted the runners at Clatto Park for the annual Templeton 10 race, but once undereay the temperatures rose significantly.
Twenty-one seconds separated the first there runners, with Roger van Gompel of Dundee Hawkhill emerging victorious in 60:04, Perth Road Runner Greg Simpson runner-up in 60:22 and Forfar’s Brian Bonnyman placed third in 60:25.
Lynn Henderson of Forfar Road Runners was placed third lady in 70:23, behind Fife AC pair Morgan Windram-Geddes (63:39) and Ann McKimmie (68:40).
Other Forfar finishers were as follows (proviisonal times only):- Craig Stewart (70:40), Rory Fairbairn (73:48), Ewan Greenhill (74:12), Ron Milne (75:49), Mark Melnyk (84:30), Hugh Mackenzie (87:37), Eileen Jackson (89:55), Bev Smeaton (a personal best in 92:10), Sandra Pattie (93:53), Angie Mackenzie (94:12), Julie Mortimer (96:52), Susan Dickson (98:13), Liz Nicoll (102:17) and Karen Fletcher (102:30.
Looking ahead to this weekend, Forfar Road Runners host the Glen Clova Half Marathon round the glen on Saturday, whilst, on Sunday, Wee County harriers host the Hartley Inter-Club relays in Alva.
The club is running a bus to this event, with members asked to meet at Forfar Lochside Leisure Centre at 10.15 am Other events on the horizon include the Tinto Hill Race on November 12, the Tyrebagger Trail Race in Aberdeen on November 19, the Fraserburgh Half Marathon on November 20 and the Winter Series Cross Country at Banchory and Lossiemouth 10-Miler on December 11.