Scottish internationals Robbie Simpson (Deeside Runners) and Morgan Windram-Geddes (Fife AC) earned trips to a road race in Ethiopia following winning performances in Sunday's (April 29) Petrofac Challenge 15 mile mult-terrain race. On what was the second day of the Balmoral running weekend, Simpson broke free of Murray Strain (Hunters Bog Trotters) to secure victory with a strong finish. Simpson completed the course in 1:21:11, with Strain taking second (1:21:47), and Oleg Chepelin in third place (1:26:26).
Speaking after the race, Simpson said he was delighted to win the race and the top prize of the trip to Ethiopia: "I'm really excited about winning the trip because I've never raced outside of Europe. To get the chance to run against people over there will be really amazing."
American-born Windram-Geddes, who is based in Dundee, will be accompanying Simpson to Ethiopia after winning the women's race in 1:37:44. The Fife AC runner finished almost 2 minutes ahead of Fiona Matheson (1:39:39), whilst Tessa Hill took third position in 1:40:38.
On Saturday, the Stena Drilling Tartan 10K attracted the biggest field of the weekend with 1915 runners taking part. Scottish international Andrew Douglas (Inverclyde AC) narrowly missed the course record, sprinting home in 31:35. It was Douglas's second win at Balmoral over the past three years and he finished ahead of two other former winners, Ross Houston and Keith Hood.
Carolyn Milne won a hotly contested women's race in which 19 seconds separated the first three finishers. Milne broke clear over the final kilometre to finish in 40:32, marginally ahead of Roma Shepherd (40:44) and Lisa Leonard (40:45).
In addition to the two longer distance events, Balmoral also witnessed record times being set in the ConocoPhillips 5K, the Kongsberg Maritime secondary schools 2.5K and the MPH primary schools 1.5K.
For more information about the weekend's results, visit scottishrunningguide.com race listing page.