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CETCO YTHAN CHALLENGE 2017 - THE RESULTS


 

A year-and-a-half out injured and competing in a 100-mile bike race the day before wasn't enough to stop Jim Tole taking the title in his first Cetco Ythan Challenge. Jim, of Metro Aberdeen Running Club, was delighted to win in his comeback race with a time of 54 minutes and 22 seconds. He had registered to take part in last year's Cetco Ythan Challenge but injury struck, leaving him with a long battle back to fitness. Jim spent the first half of the race trailing the leading runner before taking the lead in the Esslemont Estate and going on to win.

  

He said: "The lad who came second went out like a rocket to start with. I just kept him within eyesight in front of me. I didn't want to catch him too quick as I did a 100-mile bike ride yesterday and my legs were a bit sore from it so I thought I'd take it nice and easy. Once it got into the trail part and started to get really hilly I managed to catch him and from then on it was me out in front myself. Through the estate I was trying to conserve energy because I didn't know what was in front of me, this being my first time. I'd seen some bales and tyres but I didn't know what was coming and the bog was quite tough."

  

Jim said he loved the course and will be returning next year to defend his title.

  

Victoria Bailie made it five Ythan Challenge wins after a two-year break to start a family. The Edinburgh Athletics Club member, who returned to running to take part in the event, led from the start to claim the top women's spot.

 

 She said: "I had no idea what form I was in until the start line. It was tough, it always is, and I found the hill a bit of a challenge this year. I thought I was going to get away without having do the water challenge but then, when I thought it wasn't happening this year, we were in the river doing the crossing. This race teaches you not to be complacent because you never know what's coming next."

  

Victoria is already planning coming back to make it six victories next year.

 

"I'll definitely be back next year," she said. "I wouldn't miss it."

 

You can view the full results HERE 

 

We were delighted to have Cetco Energy Services once again as our main sponsor. Other sponsors this year are: The Balvenie St Ice Cream Company (Look out for their van at the Meadows), Studio 34 - Personal Fitness and Sports Massage, McIntosh Plant Hire, The running shop Aberdeen, Howdens Joinery Co and Arnage Castle supporting Ellon First Responders and Hamish Dear's Warm Hugs.

 

 


CETCO YTHAN CHALLENGE 2018

 

The date for the 2018 Ythan Challenge has now been set for Sunday 24th June 2018. We've listened to your feedback and moved the event so that it no longer clashes with the Tough Mudder weekend. Entries will be open for 2018 from 09:00 on Sunday 18th June 2017 and entries cost £30. An early bird discount price of £25 applies to the first 200 entries for the 2018 event.

 

 

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2018 Event Date

The 2018 Ythan Challence will be held on Sunday 24th June 2018.  Entries are open now via ResultsBase.


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