Despite the gale force winds, the Forfar Road Runners 10k Road Race attracted a record 319 completers, including last year’s winner David Simpson, on Sunday August 16. Simpson continuing a fine run of form, which saw him also win the recent Skye Bridge 10k, by retaining the Forfar 10k Gold Medal in a time of 33:17. Jill Knowles, who finished in third position last year, won the Women’s Race in 39:13.
Runners were lulled into a false sense of security as they made their way along the Angus backroads towards Montrose with the wind on their backs, however when they turned around at the village of Lunanhead they met the full force of the wind, which quite literally nearly blew some of the runners over.
Almost one and a half minutes behind of Willowfield’s David Simpson was Neil Young of Fife AC, who finished in second place with a time of 34:46. Dundee Hawkhill’s Neil Gunstone earned third spot with a time of 35:22.
Arbroath Footer Marion Wood finished second, behind Jill Knowles in 40:41, with Aberdeen’s Siobhan Prise earning third place with a time of 42:05.
In the 25th anniversary of Forfar Road Runners, their race was closed by John Hector Murray of Perth, who crossed the line in 319th place with a time of 76:04.
Women's Race Winner Jill Knowles speaking to SCOTTISH RUNNING GUIDE said "jeezo....it was gale force at times. Was the opposite of Granton though as the wind was in the second half. So that and rolling hills never made for a good time. I went through 5k in 18.50 and felt really good, was hoping for a negative split!!!! Which obviously didnt happen."