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2006 Results

Result of all competitors in finished order - download (PDF format)

Results of the team competition - download (PDF format)

Results of the uniformed team competition - download (PDF format)

 

Mike takes 2006 Ythan Challenge crown

Defending champion Mike Stewart led a record field of 302 runners home in the 2006 Dominion Gases Ythan Challenge, winning in 43 minutes and 48 seconds — nearly three minutes faster than his 2005 time and over a longer course.

Behind veteran Mike, who runs with Keith and District AC, came former Scottish hill running international Kyle Greig (Forres) who completed his Ythan debut in a time of 44:10. In third place was veteran John Park (Aberdeen AC) in 49:29.

For Elaine Whyte, it was fifth time lucky when she won in a time of 50:58 — a time beaten by just 14 men. Veteran Elaine, from Fetterangus, near Peterhead, missed the 2005 Ythan Challenge due to injury but has otherwise always finished in the top four. 

In second place — and for the second year running — was Garioch Road Runners’ Donna Gray, from Logierieve, near Ellon, who finished in 52:56. In third place was Irene Malone, from Aberdeen, in 58:29.

Elaine took the veteran prize for women over 35 and Donna the senior women’s prize, with Cosmic Hillbashers’ Anne Stone, from Aberdeen, the 45-plus super-vet category winner in 1:03:39. Anne’s fellow Cosmic Ashley Jermieson, from Westhill, took the men’s 50-plus super vet prize in 51:40, with overall winner and runner-up Mike and Kyle taking the veteran (over-40s) and senior prizes respectively.

Elaine had a second appearance on the podium when she, husband Eric and fellow Fraserburgh Running Club members Andrew West and Patricia Dick took the team prize. Winning the McGhee-Jones shield for the first uniform team over the line were Royal Regiment of Scotland runners Nigel McGillvary, Scott Banes, Andrew Bruce and James Stuart — they were also the fastest team overall. 

Only one runner failed to finish, after suffering a twisted ankle, with the last two runners crossing the line together in 1:45:23. 

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, firemen’s poles, and some awesome hills to climb — and the river Ythan to navigate before they headed back to the Meadows. 

Race Director Alastair Simpson said: “This year’s course was slightly longer than last year’s, with one extra obstacle and longer runs in and out.

“The generosity of our main sponsor — Dominion Technology Gases — allowed us to introduce computer chip timing for the first time which meant we started the entrants in two waves five minutes apart. As a result, despite there being nearly 50 more runners on the course than last year, there were virtually no bottlenecks.

“The chip timing coupled with online entries — again used for the first time — also significantly speeded up both the registration process for runners and the results service, and this together with higher quality prizes has helped lift the event into a new league. 

“Overall we are really delighted with how this year’s event 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.”

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.

 


In the river - Mike Stewart closely followed by Kyle Greig