The Bennachie Hill race took place last Sunday (October 9) with a record number of entries.
What started out as a dull and damp morning eventually developed into ideal racing conditions for the 22nd annual Bennachie Hill Race and Junior Hill Race. Garioch Roadrunners welcomed a total of 165 runners to the event, equaling the record attendance from last year.
Forres Harriers’ Kyle Greig was the defending champion from 2010 and came into the race in excellent form, following a recent win at the Baxters’ Loch Ness 10k. Taking an early lead, Kyle was able to maintain the advantage from a pursuing pack including HBT’s Alec Keith and Highland Hill Runners’ Graeme Campbell and David Wilby, eventually winning the race in 55:39. Alec Keith finished second in 58:45, with David Wilby in third place with 59:02.
In the womens’ race, Cosmic Hillbasher Veronique Oldham retained her title, finishing as first lady in 1:09:55. Sarah Styles of Metro Aberdeen finished in second place in 1:13:43, followed by Liz Delaney of the Cosmics in 1:16:24.
In the team event, Highland Hill Runners finished as first male team, with Cosmic Ladies ‘A’ first female team. Aberdeen University finished claiming the prize for first mixed team.
In the Junior Hill Race, Fraser Drummond of the Cosmic Hillbashers was first boy, in 20:58, with Eve Sealy of Banchory Stonehaven finishing as first girl in 25:41.
Bennachie is the third of three races in the Aberdeenshire Hill Race series, also comprising Morven and Cairn William. Over the course of the three races, Chris Tomlin of the Cosmics emerged as first male in a cumulative time of 2:47:34, with Mel Angus (Fat Bobs) as first female in 3:55:57.
A huge thanks goes to all those who assisted with the race, including all volunteers and marshalls, in ensuring another successful event. Also, thanks go to sponsors, Run 4 It, who kindly provided category prizes for the race.
For full race results and images, visit the Garioch Roadrunners website at http://www.gariochroadrunners.com/Garioch_Roadrunners/Bennachie_Hill_Race.html.
The Garioch Road Runners are a road and cross-country running club based in Inverurie catering for male and female runners of all ages and standards, and occasionally their dogs.
The Club is based at the Garioch Sports Centre in the winter and out and about in the Garioch itself in the summer.
There are two club runs per week, at 6.35pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the year, rain (or snow) or shine. Members also use the club Yahoo! Group to organise runs from the Bennachie Centre (Esson’s Car Park) and other places slightly further afield on Saturday mornings.