Deeside Runners’ Robbie Simpson claimed a superb individual third place to take bronze at the World mountain Running Champs in Wales.
The former Banchory Academy pupil had won the GB team trial across the same course a few weeks back and he put that knowledge to good use during the 13K Senior Men’s race.
And what a moment it was for Robbie after taking a silver in the Europeans in 2014 and spending spells living in Austria and Germany over the past couple of years to train and compete at the right level and conditions.
Robbie’s mother, Anna, spoke to the Piper & Herald about her son’s achievement.
She said “This is the best achievement of his career so far.”
Robbie is a well known local hill runner who started out in Banchory Stonehaven athletics club as a nine-year-old and then began hill running as a teenager.
“Aged 23 he is probably currently the UKs top male mountain runner. He was the first British man to win an individual medal in the world championships event since 2001.”
Last year Robbie was the first British man to win a silver medal in the European championships for 20 years.