2007 Results

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Simon takes Ythan Challenge crown


Former Scottish international Simon Pride won the 2007 Dominion Gases Ythan Challenge on 17 June, leading the field home in a time of 43 minutes and 19 seconds.

Behind the Fochabers-based Forres Harriers runner was Arbroath Footers’ Ruairidh Campbell in 43:58 and last year’s runner-up Kyle Greig (Forres) in 44:26.

Kyle, a former Scottish hill running international, had been in the lead until around 3k from the finish when he went off-course. This allowed Simon to power through to add the 2007 Ythan crown to the one he took in the inaugural event in 2001.

First woman home in a time of 52:59 was Garioch Road Runners’ Donna Gray from Logierieve, near Ellon, runner-up in 2008, 2005 and 2006.

Second woman was Lucy Scott in 55:37 and third was Forfar Road Runners’ Catherine McInally in 55:50. She took the women’s super-vet category prize, with Donna taking the senior women’s crown and Aileen Kirkwood the veteran women’s in a time of 57:08.

First veteran man — and fifth overall — in a time of 45:59 was Metro Aberdeen runner Robert Taylor, Ythan winner in 2008, 2003 and 2004. Willie Watson was first super-vet man in 58:23.

The team prize went to Cosmic Hillbashers B comprising Ian Watson, Colin Larmour, and Michael Stone, while the uniformed team crown went to Grampian Fire and Rescue Ellon represented by Graham Murdoch, Steven Morris and Neil Beedie.

The corporate team prize — new for 2007 — was won by Aileen Kirkwood, Ian Mitchell and Jane Eaton of Petro-Canada A.

A total of 288 runners completed the course and there were no injuries. One runner dropped out after losing a shoe in one of the boggier bits, but another runner who also lost his shoe pressed on and completed the course! The last runner crossed the line in a time of 1:46:31.

As always, the race started and finished at the Meadows Sports Centre, in Ellon, 20 miles north of Aberdeen, and took runners along the banks of the river Ythan before they entered the beautiful Esslemont Estate, usually closed to the public.

This was where the adventure really began, with a variety of obstacles to slow down the runners — including hay bales, crawl nets, and some awesome hills to climb — and the river Ythan to navigate before they headed back to the Meadows.

Race Director Alastair Simpson said: “For 2007, we tightened up the course and moved the obstacles around to give our regulars a few surprises! Recent rain meant the boggy sections of the course were at their squishy best — as a couple of runners found to their cost when their shoes disappeared without trace!

“The generosity of our main sponsor — Dominion Technology Gases — meant we could use computer chip timing for the second year to separate the entrants into three waves five minutes apart. As a result, there were no bottlenecks on the course and we were also able to offer a swift results service.

“We are delighted with how the race went and would like to offer our congratulations to all the category winners and also give a huge vote of thanks to Dominion Technology Gases, to all our other sponsors and supporters, to Charles and Angela Wolrige Gordon for allowing us to use Esslemont, and to the many volunteers who helped out on the day.

“We would in particular like to thank the team from HM Coastguard Aberdeen who stepped in at the 11th hour to ensure we could include our hallmark river obstacle after another provider pulled out at the last minute.”

The Dominion Gases Ythan Challenge is a not-for-profit event, with all proceeds going back to local community groups, many of whose members helped in the run-up or were acting as race day marshals.