Deeside’s Great Britain mountain running international Robbie Simpson has returned from his base in Germany in time to compete in tomorrow’s inaugural Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run, which has attracted close to 8,000 competitors.
The 25-year-old, who was second British finisher in this year’s London marathon, is to take part in the half marathon in which he’ll be joined by Great Britain ultra-distance trail running representative Kyle Greig of Metro Aberdeen Running Club.
Simpson has now fully recovered from the injury which caused him to surrender his place in the marathon at the London World Championships and he is planning to compete in next month’s Jungfrau marathon.
Earlier this month he finished second in Switzerland’s prestigious Sierre-Zinal 31km mountain race before going on to again fill the runners-up position in Norway’s Skaala Opp run last weekend.
He said: “The Great Aberdeen Run is an opportunity for me to have a good, solid outing before heading back to Switzerland. I’ve no target time in mind, so I’ll run comfortably for the first few miles to see how I feel. It also depends on who else is there and what pace they are going at.”
Greig, who made his Great Britain debut earlier this year when finishing 26th at the world ultra-distance trail running championships in Italy, is likely to be one of Simpson’s main challengers.
He said: “I’m looking forward to it and I feel my training has gone well. It’s fantastic to have an event like this taking place in the city, especially as we will be running through the centre.”
Other North-east athletes aiming to do well include Aberdeen AAC’s James Hoad and Rory Stead while Corstorphine’s Dougie Selman should also be in the mix for a podium position.
All three members of Metro Aberdeen’s British and Scottish marathon women’s championship-winning team will also be in action. Fiona Brian is to run in the 10k while Jennifer Elvin and Hazel Wyness plan to tackle the half marathon.
Aberdeen AAC’s track and road running international Nicola Gauld is also to compete in the 10k along with international triathlete Debbie Moore of Metro Aberdeen. Top road runner Kenny Wilson, from Moray Road Runners, is expected to be among the front runners in the men’s race along with Scotland hill racing international James Espie of Deeside Runners.