More than 600 runners faced all manner of obstacles when they took part in the 2014 Cetco Ythan Challange.
Sunday’s event, the biggest in its 14-year history, attracted competitors from across the country for the 11km multi-terrain race which began and ended at the Meadows and followed a course through the Esslemont Estate.
They waded through the chilly waters of the Ythan, got knee deep in mud, ran up steep hills and encountered a soapy slide in the final stage.
The overall winner was Portlethen-based Ronald Gauld, of Stonehaven Running Club, who was taking part in the race for the first time. He took an early lead and crossed the finish line in 50 minutes and 35 seconds.
Victoria Bailie picked up her fourth win in a row in the women’s category with a time of 59.51.
The Metro Moaners won the overall team prize, with a combined time of 2.45.20. In the corporate category, event sponsors Cetco picked up the trophy with a combined time of 3.02.22, while Scottish Fire and Rescue Service won the uniform category in 3.08.13.
Also taking part this year was a team of 15 Ellon Academy teachers who were running to raise funds for a new mini bus for the school.
Alison Chalmers, chair of the Cetco Ythan Challenge organising committee, said: ““A lot of hard work goes into organising the Cetco Ythan Challenge throughout the year and it’s great to see it has paid off.
“We had a record number of entries once again and everyone seemed to have a fantastic day. We always make changes to the course but the new inflatable obstacle at the end went down really well.
“Thank you to the members of our committee, the marshals and everyone who helps make the Cetco Ythan Challenge a great family event.”
Paul McAlister, Cetco’s area managing director said it had been a great event with which to be to be involved.
He added: “We were really pleased to sponsor the 2014 Cetco Ythan Challenge which apart from providing a great event for runners, does so much to support local community groups.
“As a team, we were also delighted to win the Corporate Team prize. We were up against some strong competition so I’d really like to thank everyone in the Cetco team for making it happen.”
Money raised at the event is shared between local community and sports groups. Other sponsors this year include McIntosh Plant Hire, NECE, Aker Solutions, AGT Risk Management Ltd and Ellon Academy Bus Fund.