Entries are now open for the 2016 CETCO Ythan Challenge.  Once again in 2016 we are delighted to be working with CETCO Energy Services as our main sponsor.  We are of course equally delighted with our other sponsors AGT Risk Management, McIntosh Plant Hire, The Balvenie St Ice Cream Co, Arnage Castle on behalf of the Ellon Girl Guides and Studio 34.  We are especially delighted to welcome the return of The Running Shop (Aberdeen) as an event sponsor.

Entries are filling up a little slower than in previous years however with over 550 entries in the first 12 hours, the spaces won't last much longer.

You can still enter the 2016 CETCO Ythan Challenge HERE








BARRY Gibson improved on his third place last year to come out on top in the 2015 Cetco Ythan Challenge.


The Westhill-based runner, a member of Metro Aberdeen Running Club, was part of a leading pack of four for the first half of the Ellon race, with the lead changing hands a number of times.

However, when the men came out of the Esslemont Estate the race for home was on and Barry found himself in second spot, with another competitor running out in front.

He said: “He had a bit of a lead but I chased him down and managed to get him with about 2km to go. I just kept pushing and pushing and the course has a lot of twists and turns so you can see behind you quite easily and I knew I had a bit of a gap.”


The 32-year-old finished the race in 51.13 minutes, with defending champion and team-mate Ron Gauld second and John Souter third.

Barry said: “Ron is just coming back from injury so it was a bit of an unknown quantity. I suspect on his best form I might not have been victorious.”


Barry also praised organisers for the changes made to the course, with an additional dip in the River Ythan.

He added: “Throwing in the second river right towards the end of the race was a surprise because you’ve usually got a clear run at it after the estate.

“It was tough because that was about 10km in and the river just drains you.”


Garioch Road Runners member Tammy Wilson picked up first place in the women’s category after finishing second two years ago. Injury forced her to miss last year’s event, however, she was delighted to walk away with the title.

The 34-year-old, of Kintore, said: “I had a torn hamstring so couldn’t compete and I was really excited about coming back.

“I’ve had two bad injuries in the last two years so it’s great to win.”

Tammy finished in a time of 58.01m, with Lisa Stephen in second place and Leigh Strachan in third.


Tammy added: “The course was brilliant. There was more running with the obstacles closer together but it was brilliant – and the Ythan was really cold. The marshalls were ace and having the bouncy castle obstacle at the end was great, it’s a really good, run, challenging course.”



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