Emma Watt is eagerly looking forward to Sunday’s Run Garioch 5km at Inverurie after achieving a much cherished home-town victory in the Newburgh Beach Bash 10km.
The JS Kintore club member returned to the sport less than 18 months ago after a four-year break but is already making her mark on the local circuit.
Her victory in the challenging Newburgh race has been her most memorable achievement so far but now she’s aiming for more success.
Watt, 35, who lives in Kintore with her husband and two young children, said: “I was brought up in Newburgh and my mum and dad still live there so it was extra special for me to win.
“That was my primary objective and I’m absolutely delighted to have done it.
“It wasn’t a case of chasing records or trying for a personal best time, I just wanted to win and I’ve done it.
“My next race will be the Run Garioch 5km on Sunday. I haven’t done a 5km since last September when I recorded 19min 30sec in the Ellon parkrun but I’m hoping to be faster this weekend.
“I’d love to get under 19min.”
Watt enjoys tackling a wide range of distances and over the winter she showed good speed to win the Aberdeen Proms 3km road race series.
She said: “I enjoyed that. My times varied over the course of the series as the weather conditions weren’t always good, but I was pleased to finish it off with a personal best time of 10:56.
“In future I’ll be aiming to get down to around 10:30.
“But I have a lot of goals. I’d like to get my 10km time down to under 40min and I want to go sub 1:30 for a half marathon.
“I seem to have a bit of speed but I need to work on my endurance.
“I ran in the Aviemore half marathon last October and was pleased with my run there as I got what is my best time of 1:31:21
“However, things didn’t go so well in February’s Kinloss to Lossiemouth half marathon. I was depleted that day and I just lost it after halfway. It didn’t work out but I’ve put that run to the back of my mind.
“I’ve entered this year’s Great North Run half marathon so I’ll aim to do as well as possible there.
“I’d also like to run a marathon, possibly next year, but it depends on whether I can find the time to train for it.
“I believe if I can get my half marathon time down to under 1:30 that could get me a place in the 2020 London marathon. But I haven’t decided on anything definite yet.
“I could equally choose to do the Edinburgh or Loch Ness marathons. I’ll wait until nearer the end of this year before deciding what to do.”
Watt was a good sprinter in her youth, but dropped out of athletics a few years later.
She said: “I was a sprinter at school and did quite well but I stopped running after going to university.
“Then my husband’s work took us to Perth in Australia and when I was there I took part in some of the big races such as the City to Surf.
“I enjoyed running in these events although I wasn’t getting any great times.
“We returned to Scotland in 2014, four months after my first daughter was born, so I wasn’t doing any running then.
“But around 18 months ago i decided to get back into it.
“I joined Jogscotland Kintore and that has been absolutely brilliant.
“Tammy Wilson and Martin Reid have been so supportive and have really helped motivate me.
“But everyone in the club is so enthusiastic. I really enjoy being part of it and it has really brought me on as a runner.
“Tammy is just brilliant. She is a fantastic runner but she is now sacrificing her own performances to help others.
“At Newburgh she paced a couple of our members so they could get good times. She has also said she’ll try to help me in the Run Garioch 5km on Sunday.”