An Aberdeenshire runner is in contention for one of the city’s sports awards. Metro Aberdeen's Kyle Greig is the Scottish trail running champion and finished 26th in the world 50km championships while representing Team GB.
It’s an incredible rise to prominence for the 31-year-old from Alford, who ran his first ever marathon at the 2016 London Marathon.
Kyle made an impressive start to his running career, but admits he lost his way. He would later rediscover his passion for running when he began working as a health and fitness manager at Aberdeen Sports Village.
Kyle, who is up for Sports Achiever of the Year adult award, said: “I was in the police for a couple of years. I started putting on weight and my running was going downhill.
“It was when I started at Aberdeen Sports Village four years ago that I started training like a full-time athlete. I moved from running three times a week to running in the morning and evening every day. In the morning I run four to six miles – I start work at 8am, so get out about 6am – and in the evening I run six to 12 miles.”
Kyle was rewarded for his efforts in June at the world 50km trail running championships at Foreste Casentines in Tuscany. He made his way through a field of 239 runners, moving from 40th after 9km to 26th by the finish. He was Britain’s highest-placed athlete on his Team GB debut in 4:55:29. As well as this impressive result, Kyle’s personal bests include a 30-minute 10k and a 68-minute half marathon.
Next up for Kyle is Sunday’s (27 August) Great Aberdeen Run where he is targeting success in the half marathon before he begins his preparation for the world trail running championships, which next year will be held over 80k in Spain.