Ginie Barrand and Sean Chalmers set new Course Records at the Run Balmoral event (photos via Run Balmoral)
Report by Fraser Clyne
Sean Chalmers of Inverness Harriers and Metro Aberdeen’s Ginie Barrand stole the show with outstanding record-breaking performances at the sun-kissed opening day of the Run Balmoral meeting.
More than 5,000 runners of all ages signed up for 23rd edition of the north east’s biggest participation sports event which was taking place for the first time since 2019.
Scotland international Chalmers was in sparkling form in the Harbour Energy 5k, taking an early lead which he extended all the way to the finish, completing the circuit in 14:24 to cut 18 seconds off the previous record set by fellow Scotland international Kenny Wilson.
Lachlan Oates (Shettleston Harriers) was second in 14:57, six seconds ahead of Fraserburgh’s Max Abernethy whose time was a PB.
World M65 age group record holder Alastair Walker (Teviotdale Harriers) won the over-60s title when finishing 11th overall from a field of 623 in 17:20.
Scotland international Naomi Lang (Aberdeen AAC) stamped her authority on the women’s race, winning in 16:43 while Metro Aberdeen’s Claire Bruce, a two-time previous winner of the 10k (2018 and 2019), was second with a 17:34 PB. Nicola Gauld (Metro Aberdeen) was third in 19:13.
Naomi Lang of Aberdeen AAC win the Women’s 5k race and Will Mackay of Metro Aberdeen wins the 10k (photos via Run Balmoral)
Barrand’s performance in the Stena Drilling 10k was another highlight of what turned out to be a superb weekend during which large crowds of spectators cheered on the runners.
The Banchory based athlete, who was bronze medallist in this year’s Scottish 10-Mile championship, stormed round the testing route in 36:07, a time bettered by just two men in the field of 1438.
There was more success for Metro Aberdeen when Will Mackay romped to a comfortable victory in the men’s race – his second win at Run Balmoral over the past six years.
The former Scottish track champion clocked 33:46 while Sam Milton (Moray Road Runners) was runner-up in 35:36 with Jonathon Cordiner taking third position in 36:34.
Great Britain mountain running international Andy Douglas (Inverclyde AC) extended his list of Run Balmoral honours by winning the Bristow 15 mile trail race in 1:20:31.
The Edinburgh-based Caithness man scored his first victory at the Deeside venue when winning the 10k in 2010, He has since added three more 10k wins and this weekend claimed his third 15 mile success.
Full results at www.resultsbase.com
More gold medals as our M65s convincingly win the British masters road relays in Birmingham with Paul Thompson, Frank Hurley and Frankie Barton, with Paul winning individual gold as fastest M65 overall. M55s finish a credible 14th out if 35 teams. pic.twitter.com/yLoZBHGZgq
— Cambuslang Harriers (@CambuslangH) April 23, 2022
Cambuslang Harriers raced at the BMAF Masters Road Relays at Sutton Park and took the M65 gold medals by well over three minutes.
Cambuslang, who won the M40 title back in 1999, 2003 and 2004, saw Paul Thompson open up and his 19:14 leg gave giving the Scottish club a big early lead from Southampton (Noel O’Dowd 20:59).
Frank Hurley (20:34) and Frankie Barton (20:57) extended their advantage. Paul’s time was the fastest in the M65 category.
The M55 team from Cambuslang placed 14th in their race.