Kyle Greig hopes the confidence gained from an excellent performance in the recent world trail running championships will spur him on to more success in the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon later this year.
The Aberdeenshire-based athlete will focus on the popular Highland race as his next big target.
Greig made his Great Britain debut in the world 50K trail running event at Bada Prataglia in Italy earlier this month when he led the national team home by finishing a very creditable 26th from 239 competitors.
‘I was totally delighted with my performance in Italy,’ said the Metro Aberdeen athlete.
‘I don’t think it could have been any better. My preparations went well and my race strategy on the day was good. Now I’m aiming for a good performance at Loch Ness.
‘If my training goes well over the summer I’d expect to run quicker than I did last year. I like the course, probably because my hill running background means I’m not bothered by the climbs in the later stages of the run.’
‘I also know the route, having run it last year, so I will be better prepared. It’s always very competitive at the front as well, which is good
With thanks to Fraser Clyne
Entries for the inaugural Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run on Sunday 27 August are being snapped up rapidly, with less than 500 places remaining in the 10k distance.
This exciting new event, which is the most northerly fixture in the Great Run series, also features a half marathon and a one mile family run.
Thousands of runners have already signed up to enjoy the fantastic carnival atmosphere expected to be generated by large and enthusiastic crowds, who will cheer on the participants as they make their way through the historic streets and distinctive neighbourhoods of the city.
All the runs will start and finish on Union Street in the heart of the city centre and the routes take in many of Aberdeen’s cultural landmarks and iconic buildings.
Local celebrities will be taking part including former Scotland football star Ian Wilson, while two of the city’s Scottish international distance runners, Broc Drury and Fiona Brian, are also hoping to test themselves in one or other of the races.
The 10k has attracted runners from Austria, Canada, Norway and the United States while the half marathon is shaping up to be equally cosmopolitan, featuring entrants from Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, South Africa and Singapore.
Jamie Bowie – new role
UK Athletics have announced the election of nine members to the newly formed ‘Athletes’ Commission‘ following the first wave of the nomination process – including Scotland and GB international, Jamie Bowie.
Formed with the purpose of ensuring athletes voices are heard by UK Athletics’ Performance Oversight Committee and the UKA Board, the first step of significance in populating the Commission was to invite nominations from athletes who have competed for British Athletics in the last six years.
This nomination process comprised of current and former international athletes, each of whom must have competed on a British Athletics team in the last six years, being invited to submit a nomination on behalf of themselves to be elected to the Commission.
Following the process, the nine members elected to the inaugural Commission are: Abdul Buhari (Discus), Jamie Bowie (400m), Hannah England (1500m), Dai Greene (400m Hurdles), Stephen Miller (Club Throw), John Pares (Ultra Runner), Isobel Pooley (High Jump), Goldie Sayers (Javelin), and Richard Yates (400m Hurdles).
Each member will be invited to stand for an initial two-year term of office.