Eithiopia prize for Simpson

Banchory’s Scottish international Robbie Simpson (Deeside Runners) earned a trip to a road race in Ethiopia following his excellent winning performance in the Petrofac Challenge 15 mile mixed terrain race in the Balmoral road races.

Deeside was bathed in sunshine as the runners set off on their tour of the royal estate, taking in some spectacular scenery as they ran in the shadow of snow-covered Lochnagar.

Simpson was followed all the way by East of Scotland cross country champion Murray Strain (Hunters Bog Trotters), but eventually, at around the 11 mile mark, the 20 year-old Deeside athlete began to open a lead which he extended to 36 seconds by the end.

Robbie finished strongly, posting an impressive time of 1hr 21min 11sec for what is undoubtedly a testing course.

Strain wasn’t far behind, while Oleg Chhepelin (Shettleston Harriers) finished third.

Simpson was delighted to win the race and the top prize of a trip to Ethiopia.  He said: “I’m really excited about winning the trip because I’ve never raced outside of Europe.

“To get the chance to run against people over there will be really amazing.”

American-born Windram-Geddes, who is based in Dundee, will be accompanying Simpson to Ethiopia after winning the women’s race in 1:37:44.

World over-50 age group 10,000m and 3,000m record holder Fiona Matheson (Falkirk Victoria Harriers) was runner-up in 1:39:37 while Great Britain orienteering international Tessa Hill (Hunters Bog Trotters) was third in 1:40:36.

Aberdeen AAC’s James Joy clocked the quickest time of 4min 31sec in the Taqa Diamond Jubilee mile while Carolyn Milne followed up her win in Saturday’s 10Km by recording the fastest women’s time of 6min.