Great turn out for Clova run

SATURDAY saw another great turn out for the Glen Clova Half Marathon.

Following the undulating but scenic 13.1 mile loop round the glen, the race is widely regarded as one of country’s finest half marathons, with its 300 places filling up within 48 hours of opening.

First home this year was Dundee Hawk, Roger Van Gompel, in a time of 75 mins 19 sec, followed by Carnegie’s Scott Bradley in 76.02 and Robert Brookes of Cosmic Hillbashers in 78.28. Mark Harris of Fife AC was first V40 in 79.18 with team mate Jeremy Tomlinson taking the V50 prize.

Jullian Gordon of Kinross RR followed up her win at Templeton last weekend with another convincing victory, finishing in 85.25, almost four minutes ahead of Dundee HH Louise Beveridge (89.17), with Julie Hendry of Aberdeen Metro taking third place in 90.27. Yana Thandrayen of Portobello took the women’s V40 prize in 90.09 with HBT’s Phylis O’Brien finishing first V50 in 97.10.

First back for the host club was Keith Headridge in 91.18, just pipping Tracy Morgan, who finished fourth female in 91.23, with both runners picking up the respective first local prizes.

Other Forfar Road Runners finishers were as follows: Guy Sinclair (105.55), Donna Pass (106.19 - 2nd local female), Hugh Mackenzie (113.25), Ron Simpson (114.59), Sandra Pattie (115.40), Ian Cochrane (117.58), Pauline Fairbairn (121.05), Karen Campbell (122.23), Dan Gates (125.45), Angie Mackenzie (127.32).

Other local runners included Paul Morgan (99.00 - 2nd local), Derek Miller (111.14 - 3rd local), Roy Campbell (111.40) and Chic Jolly (122.53). Fife AC won the male team prize ahead of Dundee Hawks and Harmeny AC, while Kinross RR took the women’s, with Arbroath Footers placing second and Fife AC third.

Many thanks to everyone who took part and for all the club members and supporters who helped out on the day.

Meanwhile, last Saturday, November 3, Ron Milne finished Eddie’s Half-marathon in Lochaber 43rd place, clocking a season’s best of 95.59.

Finally, good luck to the four teams from Forfar Road Runners who will be travelling to Fife on Sunday to compete in the Hartley Inter-club Relays in Burntisland.