A REAL CHALLENGE FOR RUNNERS IN ABERDEEN
07 / 06 / 2012
It was cold, wet and misty, but the drab weather didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the 198 enthusiasts who tackled the Nuffield Health jogscotland 5K at Aberdeen's Hazlehead Park on Wednesday night.
In fact, 15 year-old Peterhead runner James Weir absolutely loved the conditions as he sprinted home ahead of the field in a time of 18min 21sec.
'The weather was great,' he said.'I really enjoyed it. I caught the guy who was leading just after the 4K mark and went on to pull away from him. It's a personal best time for me, so I've got to be pleased.
'I took up running with the Peterhead jogscotland group when I was 12 and I've really enjoyed it ever since.'
Aberdeen's Michael Barker finished second in 18:43 after leading for most of the way, while James Kirk was a few secs behind in third position. And it was another member of the large Peterhead contingent who led home the women's field. Shelley Duncan crossed the finishing line in 22:02 for ninth position overall. She said: 'The time wasn't great but I'm very happy with my run. And its great that James was first as he's one of my training partners.' Emi Simpson was next to finish in 22:12 and Suzie Clement was third in 22:24.
Stephen Bruce, one of the founders of jogscotland Peterhead, was one of 25 'Blue Toon' runners who made the 35 mile trip down the coast for the Hazlehead run. He finished 31st overall in 23:41 Stephen is, however, gearing up for another important occasion next week. He said: 'I'm an Olympic torchbearer, along with my wife Roselyn. We are really looking forward to that. It's very exciting to be part of it. We'll be running a section of the route at Drumoak and there's going to be a coachload of supporters from the jogscotland group there to cheer us along.'
(Report courtesy of Fraser Clyne)
Team prizes were won by You Arjo King (workplace) and jogscotland Rosemount (community)