Robbie Simpson (Deeside Runners) was delighted to win the 2018 BHGE 10k just five weeks after winning bronze in the marathon at the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast.
Simpson completed the course in 30min 59sec. Darren Thom (Shettleston Harriers) finished second in 33:16, with Michael Carroll (Perth Road Runners) coming third in 33:22, which also meant he finished first in the over-40s category.
Fraserburgh Running Club’s Keith Buchan was fourth and Jason Kelly (Stonehaven Running Club) finished fifth.
Simpson said: “I’m really happy with it because it’s only five weeks since I ran the marathon in Australia.
“So I wasn’t sure if I was 100%, but I felt good when I was running.
“Then nobody else went with me so I just ran on my own and it was quite a comfortable run.
“I’m happy with the time but the conditions weren’t the best right at the end when you had wind in your face.
“I ran the race seven years ago and I was second so I was quite keen to come back and win it at least once. I’ll get my name on the trophy now, which is nice.”
Steve Murray (Aberdeen AAC) won the men’s under-20 race in 35 minutes. Nick Milovsorov (Metro Aberdeen) was first in the over-50s category with a time of 35:10 and Metro Aberdeen’s Robert Taylor was first in the over-60s in 39:27.
Fearghas Thomson, Murray and Aaron Odentz won the team event for Aberdeen AAC.
Fiona Brian won the women’s race for the fourth time to equal the record held by Lyn Wilson.
The Metro Aberdeen runner missed out on Wilson’s course record of 35:07 by four seconds.
She said: “Winning the women’s race for a fourth time means a lot to me. I’m looking forward to next year. I’ve done this race quite a few times now and I’ll definitely be back next year to try to win a fifth.
“It’s the fastest I’ve run on that course so I was pretty pleased with that.
“I was aiming for the record, which I missed by a few seconds. That’s slightly annoying but I had a good day overall.”
Brian’s Metro Aberdeen team-mates Claire Bruce and Ginie Barrand were second and third. Bruce finished in 37:13 and Barrand was just behind in 37:31.
That trio helped Metro Aberdeen to the women’s team title. Barrand was pleased with her efforts in the individual and team events and happy to see her boyfriend Robbie Simpson triumph.
She said: “I’m happy to have finished third and helped the team win.
“I’m also happy that my boyfriend won and I’m keen to come back next year and race in the event.”
Hannah Cameron (Edinburgh AC) finished fourth in 38:57, with that placing good enough to secure first in the under-20 category. Veronique Oldham (Aberdeen AAC) was fifth in 39:31, which helped her win the over-50s race.
Jennifer Gray won the over-40s race with a time of 40:54, and the over-60s race was won by Rosemary Leiper (Metro Aberdeen) in a time of 51 minutes.
In the 10k wheelchair race Murran Mackay was first in 51:00, with Austin Mckenzie second in 1:01:27.
In the 2k wheelchair race Matthew Dyer won in 11:05 with Rebecca Jones the first girl across the line in 12:07.
Anthony Stott triumphed in the 10k handcycles race in 37:30.
Meldrum Academy’s Ross Chalmers won the children’s 2k with a time of 07:13 and Vicki Elder from Turriff Academy was the fastest girl in 07:56.