Great Britain mountain racing international Andy Douglas completed a Deeside double at the 21st anniversary Run Balmoral meeting which attracted more than 5,000 runners to the Royal estate on the Queen’s birthday weekend.
The Caithness man won the Stena Drilling Tartan 10km on Saturday before going on to claim victory in yesterday’s TRAC 15 mile trail race.
Douglas clocked 32min 16secs when coasting to victory in the 10km then completed the trail run in 1:20:39.
It all served as a useful part of his build-up towards the mountain racing season which starts in June, but before that he is heading for a spell of altitude training in Boulder, Colorado.
He said: “I’ll be in Colorado for three weeks in May, returning in time for the Great Britain trials for the European Mountain Running Championships at the beginning of June.
“I wanted to give myself a challenge before going over there and I’ve certainly done that this weekend.”
Aberdeen AAC’s Owain Bristow finished second in the 10km in 35:12 with JSK Running Club’s Mark McCluskie third in 35:48.
Kyle Greig (Metro Aberdeen) was second in the 15 mile race in 1:23:40 with Callum Symmons (Aberdeen AAC) third in 1:28:25.
Clare Bruce bounced back to top form with a fine victory in the women’s division of the 10km.
The Metro Aberdeen runner, whose winter training was interrupted by injuries and illness, powered her way over the testing course in 38:35 to finish 16th overall from a field of 1,901 starters.
She said: “I am pleased with my run given the stage I have reached with my training.
“It was quite hot and a bit windy otherwise I might have been closer to 38 minutes.”
Kinloss-to-Lossiemouth half marathon champion Ali Matthews finished second in 41:13 with Kerry Prise third in 42:04.
Scottish duathlon champion Debbie Greig won the women’s 15-mile title in 1:38:39 with Veronique Oldham (Cosmic Hillbashers) second in 1:45:39 and Nicola Duncan (Carnethy) third in 1:47:19.
Scotland international Kenny Wilson was in record-breaking form when completing a hat-trick of wins in the ConocoPhillips 5km at Balmoral Castle.
The Moray Road Runners club member sprinted through the finishing tape in 14min 42secs to slice four seconds off the previous mark set by Central AC’s Olympic Games athlete Andy Butchart in 2013.
He said: “I hadn’t thought too much about the record until someone mentioned it to me last week.
“But after 2km I was outside the pace needed so I didn’t think it would happen.
“I pushed on and managed to get it, although I wasn’t sure until I’d actually crossed the line and looked at my watch.
“I’m very pleased because I didn’t really taper back on my training this week.”
Callum Symmons (Aberdeen AAC) finished runner-up for the second year in a row while Jason Kelly (Stonehaven Running Club) caught James Adamson on the line to take third spot by one second in 16:34.
Scotland international Jenny Bannerman, competing at Balmoral for the fourth year in a row, notched her second title in 17:01, the fastest time she has achieved on the Deeside course.
Great Britain junior cross country international Anna Macfadyen (Forres Harriers) was second in 17:46 with Scotland junior international Clare Stewart (Banchory Stonehaven AC) third in 18:21.
Aberdeen’s Alan Semple retained the men’s title in the Devil of Deeside Challenge in which competitors tackled all four adult races over the weekend.
His cumulative time after 50km of running and 16km of cycling was 3:50:49.
Molly Ralphson (Trawden AC) won the women’s title in 4:53:51.
Braemar’s Fergus Wood retained his title in the TRAC three mile trail race in 20:24 while Mora Mcgovern won the women’s award in 23:23.
Rob Brookes, from Monymusk, won the Apollo duathlon, completing the 6km run/16km cycle/5km run in a combined time of 1:18:25 to finish 19 seconds ahead of Ballater’s Dan Whitehead.
Aboyne’s Coralie Arthur, who finished third last year, won the women’s race in 1:34:02 with the 2017 winner, Clare Whitehead, second in 1:35:53.
There was a thrilling finish to the FOS Group secondary schools 2.5km with Josh Benton (Deeside Runners) outsprinting Ross Macmillan (Aberdeen AAC) to win by one second in 7:31 while Calum Dempster was third in 7:40.
Emma Swanson (Banchory Stonehaven AC) won the girls’ title for the second year in a row when recording 8:24 while Shannon Brown (Mearns Academy) was second in 8:51 and Caitlyn Christie was third in 8:53.
Thomas Reynolds (Moray Road Runners) won the MPH primary schools boys’ race when completing the 1.5km course in 5:39.
Matthew Brown pipped his Banchory Stonehaven AC clubmate Adam Mckeown for second position by one second in 5:56.
Beth Collins (Dundee Hawkhill Harriers) was a clear winner of the girls’ contest when clocking 6:09 to finish 10 seconds ahead of Anna McNeill (Aberdeen AAC) while Hope Thomson was third in 6:34.
Cops and Joggers won the Stena Drilling-ConocoPhillips Corporate Team Challenge for the fourth time in six years.