There was a record turnout and five new course records set at the Aviemore Half on Sunday, October 18. Almost 1,000 runners followed Fifer Tommy Lawrence as he crossed the finish line to make it two wins in succession for the Carnegie Harrier.
Lawrence's chip time of 1:15:15 was 48 seconds quicker than his winning time last year, when he completed the course in 1:16:03 but still almost six minutes short of the course record of 01:09:19 set by Simon Pride in 2006.
However Reading's Elaine Laver was rewarded for making the long journey from Berkshire to the Highlands by not only winning the women's race but also setting a new course record of 1:24:00.
Runner up to Lawrence in the men's race was Fife AC's Graham Bee who buzzed around the course in 1:15:59. Aberdeen's Niku Millott secured third place with a time of 1:17:36, just ahead of Forres Harrier David Armour who claimed fourth and first vet with 1:17:37. Lewis Walker of Buckie won the men's super vet race with a time of 1:23:20. Stafford Harrier Peter Sarson was in the vanguard of the older runners as he won the men's vintage (age 60+) event and set a new course record with a time of 1:26:26.
Runner up to Laver and first woman vet was Dumfries RC's running doctor Lisa Finlay who clocked a PB of 1:24:23 and set a new course record in the process. Aberdeen's Pamela Tosh, who recently won the women's race at the Moray Marathon earned third place with a chip time of 1:24:57. Kinross Road Runner Judith Dobson also clocked a new PB of 1:34:36 to win the super vet prize and set a new course record. Setting the fifth course record of the day was Metro Aberdeen's June Buchan (V60) who earned the women's vintage prize with a chip time of 1:49:16.
Harmeny AC's Ian Smith, who finished in 145th position with a time of 1:38:43, told www.scottishrunningguide.com: "The Aviemore Half was a well organised and friendly race, set in an absolutely stunning location. The start at Badaguish was sunny but not too warm and generally the conditions were ideal. A wee shower of rain in the last mile or so just cooled us down nicely! Although a net downhill race, the first half was more undulating and quite hard work in places but the final few miles downhill into Aviemore itself were great fun and I managed to go under 1.40 for the first time. It's definitely a race that I'd recommend but it does fill up quickly so you need to get your entry in early."
Unattached Lynda Fletcher closed the race, finishing in 993rd place in a chip time of 3:54:29.