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Forres four compete in Speyside Way Ultra

By Jonathan Clark

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WITH Covid-19 all but wiping out the sporting fixtures for 2020, four Forres Harriers grabbed the opportunity to enter the Speyside Way Ultra, then crossed their fingers hoping it would go ahead.

Fortunately, Moray being a tier one area gave race organisers Kyle and Debbie Greig, with the support and guidance from Scottish Athletics, the motivation to push forward with the event on November 14.

It was certainly not stress-free, with the Scottish Government’s tiering system impacting who could and couldn’t travel to the event right up until the Tuesday before the race.

The race started in Ballindalloch and followed the Speyside Way (37 miles) to Buckie. The weather was favourable, with cool conditions and a tailwind most of the way.

The course record was broken by Aberdeen Metro runner Chris Richardson who set an amazing time of 3 hours 56 minutes 51. The first female, Nicola MacDonald, also Aberdeen Metro, finished in 4 hours 53 minutes 11.

The first Harrier to finish was Paula Boon in 6 hours 11 minutes 45, taking the prize for first F50, with Susan McRitchie, in 6 hours 16 minutes 16, finishing third F40.

Paula Boon.
Paula Boon.

Siobbhan Ryder, in her first race for Forres Harriers, finished in 6 hours 23 minutes 55 and Lindsay Grant finished in 6 hours 47 minutes 44.

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