there was glorious summer weather for the Stonehaven Half Marathon, Team Relay event and Stonehaven Engineering 1k Fun Run on Sunday, although the organisers (Stonehaven Running Club) enjoyed the good weather the runners found it a bit too warm at times.
Once the half marathon runners were set off from the access road to Mineralwell Park it was the turn of the youngsters to show their agility and staying power by joining in the 1k fun run at the park. Every entrant received a medal and a prize from Specsavers as well as a well earned drink!
New for 2011 was the Team Relay event where a team of four did a quarter of the distance each, there were six teams entered and a community minibus was used to ferry team members to the changeover points. A big thank you to Jean Houghton who volunteered to drive the bus. The majority of the teams were JogScotland members, one team was event dressed up as Jogettes – they were quite spectacular as they all crossed the line together! The teams certainly seemed to enjoy the route without having to do the distance!
Despite the heat the race was won for a second year by Ben Hukins of Aberdeen Amateur Athletics Club who defeated a field of 277 runners (once again more than the previous year) to win in a time of 1 hour 11 minutes and 4 seconds (only 24 seconds slower than his winning time last year).
Scott Neyedli of Fleet Feet Triathetes was second in a time of 1 hour 15 minutes and 50 seconds (a previous winner of this race - he cycled from Aberdeen to compete and then cycled home again afterwards!). Nick Milosorov (of AFRC) came third in 1 hour 16 minutes and 44 seconds.
Once again Carolyn McLeod was the first woman home in a time of 1 hour 27 minutes and 37 seconds just a minute slower than her winning time last year, followed by second place woman Sarah Styles of Metro Aberdeen in 1 hour 32 minutes and 9 seconds, and it was also her first every race at this distance.
The team relay was won by G-Side Runners in a time of 1 hour 45 minutes and 45 seconds although if there was a prize for fancy dress then the Stonehaven JogScotland Jogettes would definitely have won that category.
Once again runners were encouraged on their way by a piper at the 4 mile marker and at the end, and also an extra ‘jelly bean’ station with cheer leaders and very refreshing water pistols around the half way mark; put on by Fetcheveryone.com. And at the end this year Stonehaven Running Club provided sandwiches and refreshments and Itsy (a new catering company in Aberdeen) provided some delicious cakes.
Due to the hot weather there was more than usual demand for the water and the first station ran out before the last runners managed to go through but Firstdrive Cars (who were responsible for setting up the course) came to the rescue and followed the runners up the Swanley road handing out water where they could.
The prizes were presented by Andrea Brymer the STV News Presenter who lives locally and also enjoys running. The organisers were also very grateful to Fraser Clyne who once again was commentator at the event and is a wealth of information in relation to statistics and runner details.
Some runners came a great distance to take part; we had a local runner who returned from a business trip in the States the day before as well as someone who had travelled all the way from Brisbane in Australia. He had run the Shetland half marathon the week before and happened to meet Bill Adams there; a Shetlander who won the male 60+ category this year and has competed in the Stonehaven Half Marathon many, many times before.
One of the biggest winners was CLAN who as the nominated charity for the Stonehaven Half Marathon received sponsorship from a number of runners and also £1 per entry. This year the money will go towards the upkeep of the local services and premises at 8 Robert Street.
We are also very grateful to a number of local people, companies and organisations who have assisted greatly with the event in one way or another and would like to thank them all wholeheartedly for their continued assistance. These include all the marshals and helpers and organising committee, McIntosh Plant Hire, Mollys Café Bar, Run-4-It, Stonehaven Engineering Ltd, Balmoral Group, www.therunningshop.uk.com, Aberdeen Amateur Athletics Club, Aberdeenshire Council, Castleton Fruit Farm, Specsavers, Charles McHardy Butchers, Macphie of Glenbervie, Born2run, British Red Cross, Firstdrive, Fleet Feet Triathlon Club, Grampian Police, Grampian Raynet, Fraser Clyne, Stonehaven Friends of the Pool, Scottish Ambulance Service, Stonehaven Running Club, One Stop Waste, Fetch Everyone, Dave Easton, Born2run, The Rotary Club of Stonehaven, The Royal British Legion Scotland, The Stonehaven and District Lions Club and CLAN.
Most importantly Wittakers Engineering of Stonehaven who came to the rescue and loaned us a van for the weekend to help us set up the course and ferry equipment and water around.
If you would like to see more information on the half marathon or even give some feedback then please go to www.stonheavenhalfmarathon.com or join us on Facebook. If you are interested in what it feels like to run the Stonehaven Half Marathon then there is a fantastic Blog written by Rhona Mitchell at www.redwinerunner.co.uk
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