Sixty two Carnegie Harriers completed a very challenging race on Saturday morning around an icy and snow covered course at Blairadam.
The cold weather didn't appear to affect the runners with a steady tempo being set from the gun. As the race progressed, Andy Symonds and Andrew Wright broke away from the chasing pack followed up the relentless climbs by former Forest Run winners Tommy Lawrence and Ian Stewart. In the ladies race, Isobel Burnett was forcing the pace with 2008 race winner Gail Murdoch and ultra running specialist Pauline Walker close behind.
Andy Symonds upped the tempo over the last few miles reaching the finish in an impressive 40 mins 40 secs to win his first Festive Forest Run title. 2008 race winner Andrew Wright put in a strong performance placing 2nd overall in 40.58 while Tommy Lawrence finished a stride ahead of Ian Stewart to claim 3rd place in 43.20 with Ian clocking 43.21 (4th and 1st M50).
Lewis Lawson was the leading M40 finishing 5th overall in 43.53 with Iain Taylor placing 6th (2nd M40) in 45.22 and Mike Harvey, 7th (3rd M40) in 46.09. Peter Simpson enjoyed a strong run placing 8th and 2nd M50 in 46.25, Steven King was 9th in 47.04 and Roger Clark completed the top ten finishers timing at 47.28. Bill Duff had a superb run winning the M60 award and placing 24th overall in 55.06.
Breeze for Burnett
Congratulations to Isobel Burnett who, on her Forest Run debut, won the ladies race in 54.17. Gail Murdoch ran well finishing 2nd lady in 56.02 and Pauline Walker covered the seven mile route in 56.54 placing 3rd lady. Helena Sim in 4th position (57.06) won the F40 award, Linda James was 5th lady in 58.50 and Grace McKenzie, in her first Forest Run, was the 6th lady (59.13). Race organiser Morna Fleming finished 7th lady (1.03.48) and 1st F50, whilst Annette Bunyan placed 8th lady in 1.04.44.
Post Race Punch
The record number of competitors, which have gradually increased from 39 in 2000 to 62 this year, were rewarded with a post race festive hot punch drink.
The complete set of results and more photos are posted on the Dunfermline club's website.