Over 4000 competitors took part in the 27th City of Aberdeen Baker Hughes 10K on Sunday in mild conditions. The course took participants along Aberdeen Beach and harbour, taking in views of the North Sea and the famous Beach Ballroom.
Ben Hukins of Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers was unable to claim his fourth consecutive title at the 10k, finishing an agonising 3 seconds behind winner Robert Russell (Thames Valley/Central AC) who completed the course in 31:44. Kyle Greig of Forres Harriers was third in 32:12.
There was better news for the 2012 women's race winner, Nicola Gauld, who successfully defended her title - completing the course in 35:26 - 15 seconds faster than the Aberdeen AAC athlete's time last year. Second fastest female was Lesley Macfadyen in 36:44 with Linnea Gustafsson of Edinburgh University in third (37:09).
Christine Appel of Garioch Road Runners was among the competitors and said after the race: "The weather was kind to us at Baker Hughes this year, with temperatures of about 10C and an early mist clearing before the race. Sadly, there was no tailwind to push us along the Beach Boulevard, but a negligible breeze form the north-east.
"I really appreciated the support of the spectators, especially when I needed it most at the dreaded climb past the cemetery at 8k and in the final 400 metres. Organisers went with an 'e-goody bag' this year, with downloadable vouchers for a variety of discounts on local products and services, so there was just water at the finish. But there was plenty of food on offer in the beefed-up Event Village!"
For a full list of results visit our race listings page.