The first round of the Montane Scottish Ultra Marathon 2011 was run on Saturday with 161 runners taking part in the Deeside Way Ultra. The field started out on the 33 mile out and back route from Aberdeen's Duthie Park to Banchory. The atmosphere was excellent and there were many well known faces along with a lot of new ones.
Race director George Reid greeted all finishers with a custom bottle of D33 beer and a unique slate medal inscribed D33 MMXI. Going by the positive feedback on Facebook everyone thoroughly enjoyed the race, the gloriously sunny day, and the excellent support of the marshals along the way.
The race was won by Grant Jeans who broke his course record in 3:29. He was closely followed by Scott Bradley and Marco Consani. Lucy Colquhoun was first lady home in 4:05 followed by Jamie Aarons and Claire Imrie. Full results will be posted later this week.
Jonathan Mackintosh is hoping to complete a number of the SUMS event this year and was pleased to record a PB however at the half way stage he reckoned he would be taking a bigger chunk out of his previous best time:
"At the turn I was looking at knocking an hour off of last year's time but a combination of the heat of the day and a lack of long runs (having done only a number of 18 mile runs in the build-up to the day) took it's toll and I finished with a new PB (just under 6 hours) but only by 5 minutes!
"A lot of the runners, myself included, will now be turning their attentions to the remaining runs in the Montane Scottish Ultra Marathon Series, including, amongst others, the Montane Highland Fling, the Cateran, the Devil o' the Highlands & the Speyside Way."
Mark Cooper, who ran 50 marathons in 56 days last year for charity, finished 12th in 4:24.