13 proved to be a lucky number for Aberdeen AAC’s Callum Symmons (pictured). The Edinburgh University student won the 13th edition of Run Garioch’s main event, the Dandara 10K, on Sunday in a time of 33.29 – a mere 90 minutes after taking the top spot in the EBLAST 5K (15.46). His clubmate Hannah Mutch won the women’s event with a personal best time of 19.15.
Also aiming for the double in Inverurie was the previous winner of the Run Garioch 5K and Half Marathon, Kyle Greig. But the GB trail-running international had to settle for second place in the shorter event before claiming a solid win in the RIM Fabrications Half Marathon (1.12.52).
Peterhead AC’s Shelly Duncan was fastest lady in the Dandara 10K, but it was a clean sweep for Metro Aberdeen in the ladies’ division of the RIM Fabrications Half Marathon: Hazel Wyness (1.29.12), Emma Norrie and Fiona Mcdonald took the top spots. The Aberdeen-based club also won the ladies’ and men’s 10k team prizes.
Sunday was also a good day for jogscotland Kintore, with second-place finishes in the EBLAST 5K (Julie Hoyle) and Dandara 10K (Richard Strachan, who also won the prize for fastest local runner). The club, led by Tammy Wilson, also took home the cheque for the JS group with the most runners on the day.
Wilson said: “This is the fourth year JSK have participated in Run Garioch and it gets better every year. The atmosphere is always electric – and the event really brings the community together.”
Race director Graham Morrison added: “This is my first Run Garioch as race director and it was a brilliant day. Having so much support from our community, our runners, our charity partners and our volunteers – topped off with such great performances from our winners – made it a really special.”
Run Garioch is the main fundraiser for the Garioch Sports Centre, a non-profit organisation providing sporting opportunities in and around Inverurie.
Full results for Run Garioch races are available at the runABC Scotland race listings page
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