Hundreds of runners enjoyed a traditionally friendly welcome at the fifth Highland Perthshire Marathon on Saturday (2 September). Aberfeldy looked glorious in the early September sunshine and there was strong competition in both the half marathon and marathon races.
The event has built up a reputation for being superbly organised, great value, and friendly. The course is a 13-mile loop that takes you through some stunning scenery – starting at the iconic Wades Bridge in Aberfeldy and ending at the Breadalbane Community Campus.
Rich Myers won the marathon in a time of 2:52:06, over five minutes clear of Harmeny AC’s Darren Cavaroli (2:57:45) who took second place. Local runner Kevin Rodgers (Perth Road Runners) finished in third-place, clocking 3:01:10.
Rachel Newstead produced a dominant performance in the women’s race, ensuring she coasted home almost 30 minutes ahead of her nearest rival. The Carnethy Hill Racing Club runner, stormed to victory in 3:03:32, Kate McIntosh finished second in 3:32:19 and Dundee Hawkhill Harrier Fiona Gibson secured third with a time of 3:36:18.
Loftus and Whitby AC’s Lewis Rodgers won the half marathon in 1:11:33 while Catriona Buchanan of Central AC won the women’s race, crossing the line in 1:23:02.
Post-race, competitors were able to cut loose at a fantastic ceilidh. Over the past five years, well over £60,000 has been raised for charities and good causes. Aberfeldy and District Rotary Club organise the event with the aim of raising money for charities and good causes internationally, nationally and locally.
Full results are available on our race listings page.