Athletics: Simpson’s Commonwealth Games bid to be boosted in Aberdeen contest

Bennachie Hill Race 2017, Back O`Bennachie, Oyne, Aberdeenshire. Picture of male winner Robbie Simpson.

Scotland international Robbie Simpson plans to fine tune his preparations for next month’s Commonwealth Games Marathon.

The Scotland international will take part in the sixth and final race in the Metro Proms 3km series at Aberdeen beach tomorrow (1pm).

The Banchory runner, who flies out to Australia’s Gold Coast in a fortnight, sees tomorrow’s race as providing him with an opportunity for a short and sharp work-out to test his speed.

Simpson has already secured the 3km series men’s title, having won all his previous appearances in the competition.

Each athlete’s three quickest times from the programme of six races over the winter are used to determine the overall winners in a variety of age categories.

Simpson’s cumulative time of 26min 40secs puts him well out of reach of everyone else but there’s still a battle under way for the other podium positions.

Paul Knight currently holds second spot but his clubmates Cameron Strachan and Colin Munday could still overtake him.

Stonehaven Running Club’s Jason Kelly also remains in contention. while his clubmate Michael barker is posed to lift the over-40s title.

Aberdeen AAC’s Rebecca Eggeling has secured the top women’s prize with Julie Hendry (Metro Aberdeen) best placed to claim second.

Julie Thomson (Metro Aberdeen) leads the over-40 age group but she could still be pipped for third position overall by Julie Hoyle (Jogscotland Kintore).

If tomorrow’s race has to be cancelled because of weather, it will be rescheduled for Friday, March 9 (1pm).