Wet and windy weather greeted the 160 runners who took part in the 28th annual Bennachie Hill Race on Sunday (1 October). GB international Robbie Simpson triumphed in the tough conditions, in a time of 55:21.
Simpson had set out to shatter the course record of 53:51, but ultimately the adverse weather conditions proved to be a step too far. The Deeside Runner, who has done much of his recent training abroad, said after the event: “It’s great to be hill running back in Scotland. It’s my first race here since 2014. It’s nice to be back in the mud and I really enjoyed the race.”
First lady home was Veronique Oldham (Cosmic Hillbashers), who has won the ladies’ division of the event for six of the last eight years.
First home in the Age 13–14 division of the Junior Bennachie Hill Race was Ben Cameron (Forres Harriers); Aberdeen AAC team-mates Kirsty Oldham and Cameron Stone were top of the Age 15–17 division.
Chair of host club Garioch Roadrunners, Nicola Redgwell, said: “These were the most challenging conditions we’ve ever had for the Bennachie Hill Race, but also one of the most exciting fields – from the front with Robbie Simpson and two-time winner James Espie, to the back, with Pete Stephen returning to the race for the 27th time.”
“The time and trouble everyone takes being part of the BHR team is phenomenal, and I’d like to thank all our volunteers, marshals and runners for making it such a great day. We’ll see you all again next October!”
Full results from the Bennachie Hill Race are available on our Race Listing page.