KIRKINTILLOCH Olympians are aiming to go the distance after success in a gruelling 33-mile race.
With the start of the marathon season fast approaching – in Scotland Lochaber is only a fortnight away and the following weekend is the much larger London event – for most runners this is the longest they will run.
Training runs of 20-24 miles will mark the longest before the 26.2 miles of the race itself.
A number of athletes from Kirkintilloch Olympians have been training throughout the winter for the longer ‘ultras’ and they ran in the first of this year’s races in the 2012 series recently. The Deeside Way ultra – or as it is known the D33 – proclaims to be a no-frills race. Runners arrive at Duthie on the side of the River Dee, sign up and get their number, then run alongside the river to the turn at Banchory and return along the Deeside Way. Simple.
Except that is for the distance, 33 miles. The only support is some water stations along the way. Runners are left to their own devices to arrange any food and support they need! Three local intrepid ultra runners from the Olympians took up the challenge and each used the excellent conditions to set PB times. Terry Addison finished in four hours and 47 minutes, ahead of Ada Stewart (five hours 14 minutes) with Bill Heirs completing in five hours 58 minutes. As Bill reported at the end “a good day was had by all” which rather modestly summed up the excellent performances of each competitor.
The second race in the Montane Scottish Ultra Marathon Series will bring runners to Kirkintilloch as they race from Glasgow to Edinburgh along the canal towpaths. This ‘double marathon’ race covering 56 miles is on March 31.
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