The last ever R&R Corrosion Ythan Challenge saw 221 runners take part.


The event, the first of its kind in the north-east when it started in 2001, has raised more than £40,000 for local, good causes over the years.


Keith McIntyre, of Fraserburgh, claimed the top spot in the final Ythan Challenge with a time of 51.45. The 35-year-old race debutant built a lead during the 3km run from the Meadows and never looked back after entering the Esslemont Estate and tackling the challenging obstacles on offer.


He said: “I had a wee bit of a lead but didn’t know what I was getting into because it was my first time. I got lost in the woods and had to track back a bit but the obstacles were really good. The event was fun and enjoyable. I haven’t managed to take part before but it was really good. It’s disappointing this is the last race, I wish I did it a few times before.”


Keith, who only returned to running about six months ago, said he was a bit surprised to win the race. He said: “I know a few of the runners from clubs but felt good after a few miles and just kept on going.”


Emma Murray, who was also taking part in the race for the first time, was the first woman over the finishing line with a time of 1.02.10. The 28-year-old, of Jog Scotland Kintore Running Club, said: “I knew the first 3km was a straight run so I just went for it. When I got to the obstacles I had a wee bit of a lead and that was fine. It was tough terrain going through the trees but was still out in front until the end.”


Alison Chalmers, chairwoman of the R&R Ythan Challenge, said: “It was a great event to end 19 years of the Ythan Challenge. I must thank all of our sponsors and volunteers not only for this event but every one since 2001. Without the support we’ve received over the years it wouldn’t have been possible to have had such a successful event. The committee is also very thankful to the owners of Esslemont Estate who have allowed thousands of runners to enjoy the river and obstacle courses on the estate over the last 19 years.”


Money raised from this year’s event will be given to local groups in the coming weeks.








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 the Meadows Sports Centre main games hall.



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