Banchory’s Robbie Simpson showed he was in fine fettle for the Commonwealth Games with a sizzling run in the Kinloss Half Marathon.
Robbie, 26, won the run to Lossiemouth a week past Sunday in the fastest time in the event since 2009, 1hr 7min 13sec, and this week he looked ahead to running in the marathon for Team Scotland in Australia next month.
“I was pleased to win the event obviously,” Robbie said. “B ut the main thing was to run my own race at my own pace.”
To get a marathon perspective on the Kinloss run, Robbie ran a ten-mile race beforehand so he would be running the half marathon on tired legs at full marathon pace, and he went on to win by more than six minutes.
“I leave for Gold Coast on March 15 but will be competing in the Inverness Half Marathon on March 11.
“The Commonwealth marathon is on April 15 so it gives me exactly a month to get acclimatised.
“It’s an 8am start in the Games event, so it won’t be too hot, probably around 20C.
“I’m just hoping for the best on the day but I think my team-mate Callum Hawkins has a good chance of a medal.
“I’m really looking forward to the Games but the cold spell coming up here might affect my training.”
Robbie and Scottish North District ten-mile champion soon Kenny Wilson struck out on their own in Kinloss before Robbie went it alone after seven miles.
“After Kenny stopped I had the hardest part of the course on my own,” Robbie added. “A long climb from nine to ten miles is tough and there was a bit of a headwind.
“But I’m happy as it was a good, solid run.”