Aberdeen AAC’s Callum Symmons was the star of the show at the Run Garioch road racing festival when scoring an impressive double win.
The Edinburgh University student kicked off the day by taking top spot in the Eblast 5km, in 15min 46secs.
He then lined up for the Dandara 10km less than an hour later and won that one in 33:29.
Symmons, who also won the 5km in 2017, was satisfied with his day’s work.
He said: “The goal was to run fairly steady in both races to test my fitness, so in that respect it went well.
“I was happy enough with my times, especially the 10km as it was quite a hilly course.
“I’ve really only been training properly over the past month so hopefully I can continue with this and we’ll see what happens.”
Metro Aberdeen’s Kyle Greig also attempted a double but had to settle for winning the RIM half marathon after finishing second behind Symmons in the 5km.
The Great Britain trail running international recorded 16:23 in the shorter race before going on to notch a third victory in four years in the half marathon.
His success comes five weeks after finishing fifth in a 102km multi-terrain ultra-marathon in New Zealand.
He said: “I’m glad I did the 5km as a warm-up. I felt a bit sluggish to begin with but I think it helped me get ready for the half marathon.
“My time in the half was more than two mins slower than the course record I got a few years ago.
But that’s to be expected as I haven’t got the speed at the moment.”
Tom Roche (Garioch Gazelles) was second in the half marathon in 1:18:00 with David Barclay (Garioch Road Runners) third in 1:20:44.
Hannah Mutch set a personal best time of 19:15 when winning the Eblast 5km women’s race.
The Aberdeen AAC runner, who was third last year, knocked 19secs off her previous best time and was obviously delighted with the outcome.
She said: “I am really pleased with that. I didn’t expect to improve on my previous best by so much.
“I was ahead pretty much the whole way after the first 400m but I didn’t know if there was anybody close behind at any stage.”
Julie Hoyle (JS Kintore) was second in 19:25 while Oldmeldrum’s Sarah Richards finished third in 19:39.
Shelly Duncan overcame a bout of pre-race nerves to win the women’s title in the Dandara 10km.
The Peterhead AC runner recorded 41:02 while Metro Aberdeen duo Sarah Milne and Julie Thomson were second and third with respective times of 42:04 and 42:20.
Duncan said: “I wind myself up so much before races that at one point I thought I wouldn’t start. But I did and I’ve got a win, so I can’t complain.”
Richard Strachan (JS Kintore) recorded 34:43 to finish second in the men’s race behind Symmons while Aberdeen’s David Marshall was third in 35:28.
Hazel Wyness led Metro Aberdeen to a clean sweep of the podium positions in the women’s half marathon.
The Westhill athlete,who was runner-up last year, overtook her clubmate Emma Norrie in the final mile to win by eight secs in 1:29:12.
Fiona Mcdonald, making her Metro debut, was third in 1:34:24.
Wyness said: “Emma passed me at mile three and I didn’t catch her until mile 12 when I just decided to go for it.
“I ran the last mile really fast and managed to stay ahead.”
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