Montrose athlete Ruairidh Campbell enjoys competing in the North-east and hopes for more success when he returns in March.
The veteran Angus runner showed good form when winning the men’s six-mile race in the Gathimba Edwards Foundation cross country meet at Haddo House last Sunday.
He has also been first in a number of Aberdeen parkrun 5kms over the past year, and last June he took top spot in the Metro 10km at the city’s Beach Promenade.
Campbell’s next major Aberdeen assignment is an outing in the Dee 33-mile ultra race in six weeks’ time.
This classic event, now in its eighth year, attracted close to 400 hardy competitors in 2016 and a similar turn-out is expected on this occasion.
“It starts and finishes in Duthie Park and follows a route along the old Deeside railway line towards Banchory and back.
Campbell said: “I’m picking up the miles in training now because I’ve decided to do quite a few ultra races this year, beginning with the Dee 33.
“I’m also competing in the Highland Fling 53-mile race from Milngavie to Tyndrum in April.
“Then I’ve got the West Highland Way 95-mile race from Milngavie to Fort William in June.
“I also hope to get a place in the Devil O’ the Highlands 42-mile race from Tyndrum to Fort William in August. Entries for that open next weekend.
“Then, if all goes to plan, I’ll do the Berlin Marathon in September. I still feel as though I’ve a decent marathon in me, so we’ll see how it all goes.”
Campbell,46, is no stranger to long distance races having finished third overall, and first veteran, in last year’s Devil O’ the Highlands run.
He also won the inaugural Fort William mixed terrain marathon in 2015.
Campbell’s next competitive outing will, however, be this weekend when he tackles the Scottish Masters Cross Country Championships in Dundee.