CETCO YTHAN CHALLENGE 2016 - THE RESULTS
Race debutant Rob Sinclair took top spot in this year's Cetco Ythan Challenge, winning by more than three minutes.
Not knowing what to expect, the Insch Trail Runners Club member decided to latch on to a group who started quickly. But when the pace slowed early on the 26-year-old still felt comfortable and went out on his own. Rob, of Turriff, didn't look back and finished ahead of his friend Sam Milton with a time of 49.32m.
He said: "A few of the lads went off fast so I just went for it with them. I kept with them but when it slowed a bit I felt good so kept going and didn't look back. I've had a lot of races in the last month and a couple more coming up so I just went out to do it and had no real expectations as it was the first time doing a race with obstacles in it. It's a new thing for me and if I knew for next year I could probably push on a bit more. But I'm chuffed with a time sub 50 minutes."
Sam, of Metro Running Club, finished second in a time of 52.49m, with Jonathan Strachan in third place.
Jennifer Elvin, who was also taking part in her first Cetco Ythan Challenge, claimed the top women's spot, finishing ahead of defending champion Tammy Wilson.
The Aberdeen runner was delighted with her win and a time of 1 hour, 1 minute and 1 second. With about 2km to go the pair were together until Jennifer struck for home to claim top spot.
She said: "It was a brilliant course, lovely going through the estate. When you don't know what to expect you just keep going towards the end."
And the obstacles at the end of the race, including a bouncy castle, was the last thing Jennifer was hoping to see. "It was a bit of a surprise having the obstacles and the bouncy castle when you don't have much left," she said. "But you are not going to stop, you just get on with it."
CETCO YTHAN CHALLENGE 2016
Well the entries are now full and all the swaps done. The full runner list can be viewed HERE. We look forward to seeing you on June 19 for the 2016 Cetco Ythan Challenge.
The race starts at 11:00am with registration open in hte Meadows Sports Centre Hall from 09:00am to 10:30am. No packs are sent out from Ythan Challenge, you'll get everything you need when you check in at the Meadows. The full Runner Information sheet an be seen HERE.
This year the Ythan Challenge is proud to once again have Cetco Energy Services as the main sponsor for the event.