The weather behaved itself for the Stonehaven Half Marathon, Team Relay and Stonehaven Engineering 1k Fun Run on Sunday, until just after the prize giving ceremony when it started to pour with rain.
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 as well as a well earned drink! This was very popular with around 60 youngsters of all ages taking part.
Before the start there was one unfortunate mishap where one of the lady runners got stuck the wrong side of a toilet door when the lock failed. She was gallantly rescued by the Scottish Ambulance Service first responder team who produced some equipment to break the door down. As far as we know she suffered no ill effects and went on to complete the half marathon.
The half marathon was won for the third year running by Ben Hukins who defeated a field of 266 runners (very slightly less than last year) to win in a time of 1 hour 8 minutes and 54 seconds (a good 2 minutes faster than his winning time last year) and a good 10 minutes faster than the second place Ronald Gauld who had a respectable time of 1:19:01. Third place was Steven Reeve in a time of 1:20:17.
Once again Carolyn McLeod was the first woman home in a time of 1 hour 26 minutes and 10 seconds just a minute faster than her winning time last year, followed by second place woman Pamela Morris of Metro Aberdeen in 1 hour 30 minutes and 59 seconds, with Kerry Prise of Aberdeen AAC a close 3rd in 1:32:47.
The team relay was won by Last Minute Lassies in a time of 1 hour 41 minutes and 18 seconds the team dressed in kilts and beat the time of the first team home last year.
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. At the end Stonehaven Running Club once again provided sandwiches and refreshments and Itsy provided some delicious cakes. Clare Creamer also provided massage for anyone requiring attention to the legs.
The prizes were presented by Andrea Brymer the STV News Presenter who lives locally and also enjoys running. The running club were also very grateful to Fraser Clyne commentator at the event and his wealth of information in relation to statistics and runner details.
One of the biggest winners was CLAN who as the nominated charity for the Stonehaven Half Marathon received donations from a number of runners and also £1 per entry.