First-time entrant David Barclay came out on top in the R&R Corrosion Ythan Challenge.


David, of Garioch Road Runners, was in the mix straight from the start and came home ahead of the field with a winning time of 55 minutes and 31 seconds. Part of a leading pack of three from the beginning, it became a two-horse race once the men made it to the Esslemont Estate. David, 45, managed to strike out in front during a tricky section which takes runners through the infamous bog. But a lead of 50 metres turned into having to chase a new leader after he turned the wrong way. David managed to catch up while still on the estate before taking the lead once more after they crossed the River Ythan, winning by about 20 metres.


He said: "Going through the forest I got lost. I went the wrong way when I was about 50 metres in front. But I didn't go haring after him. I paced it good, got back to the leader and stayed with him for a bit before taking it on again."


David, of Inverurie, plans to return next year to try to defend his title. He said: "It's a good course, different. I've never done this sort of race before and it was good."


Victoria Bailie made it six Ythan Challenge wins with a time of one hour, six minutes and 17 seconds, although a bug threatened her taking part. The Edinburgh Athletics Club member said: "I was feeling a bit nervous because I'd had a bad bug so I wasn't sure if I was going to race. But I thought I'd just go for it and enjoy it." She added: "It was one of the hardest courses there's been but also one of the most enjoyable."


R&R Corrosion Ythan Challenge chairwoman Alison Chalmers said: "This year has been another great event with around 300 people taking part. We now look forward to distributing money raised to local causes, something we have done for many years. I must thank all our sponsors and volunteers as without their backing there wouldn't be a race."




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.





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.




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