Happy anniversary for Middleton Trust fun run

The competitors in the 10k event get under way.
The competitors in the 10k event get under way.
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Dry conditions with a slight breeze greeted the 140 runners who lined up for the 20th anniversary Middleton Trust 3k fun run starting from Gordon Park in Ellon, writes Ean Mackie.

The Trustees had invited past winners to mark Sunday’s special occasion. Kelly McLeod, the 2013 lady winner, last year’s winner Lyall Booth, from Newburgh, attended and organisers were particularly pleased with the appearance of Karen Whitelaw - the first lady winner of the event back in 1996.

They're off - the 3k runners set off.

They're off - the 3k runners set off.

The winner of the 3k was Lyall Booth in 11.20 just five seconds slower than last year but a good 17 seconds ahead of Jack Ross-Thomson in second place. The first girl home was Eve Learmonth in a time of 12.58 just 13 seconds ahead of Mairi Cruickshanks. The family winners, for a second time, were father and son pairing of Neil and James McIntosh, from Newburgh, in a joint time of 25.56.

The primary school shields were won by Auchterellon, in the over 150 role category, while Slains won the under 150 category. The two other shields up for grabs were claimed by the same team the Super Sandisons.

In the 10k race with the absence of Ron Gauld, of Portlethen, winner for the past three years, Aberdeen Metro’s Barry Ingram, who was second last year, won in a time of 37.23 some 44 seconds ahead of David Barclay in second place. He was nine seconds in front of Tom Roche in third.

Meanwhile, Lisa Stephen, of Fraserburgh Running Club, was first lady home for the third successive year in a time of 42.41 two minutes ahead of Ellon’s Fiona Anderson in second place and Petra Hampton, of Aberdeen Metro, who was a further 37 seconds back in third. As in the 3k both shields up for grabs were won by Ellon team Sandra Planks.

A full list of winners will appear in next week’s edition.