Folks once again welcome to the R&R Corrosion Ythan Challenge.  The 2019 challenge will take place on Sunday 23rd June 2019 at 11:00am at the Meadows Sports Centre, Ellon.  Entry is £30 and you can enter on the ResultsBase website.  On the day, registration will open at 09:00 in hte Meadows Sports Centre main games hall.



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."



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The 2019 Ythan Challenge will be held on Sunday 23th June 2019. 


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