A Golden

Peterhead Athletic club members getting ready for the race.
Peterhead Athletic club members getting ready for the race.

Peterhead Athletics club members enjoyed a golden day at this year’s sell-out Peterhead Running Festival.

Club member Leigh Strachan came home as the first lady overall in the Masson Glennie half marathon in a time of 1;33;29.

Leigh, who came fifth last year, was delighted with her performance as it proved to be a tough course, being windy on the way back with the temperatures rising throughout the race.

It was definitely a day for the ladies with Jenny Bannerman of Inverness Harriers blitzing the MB Plant 5km course record in a time of 17min 6sec.

Her efforts saw her take two minutes 15 seconds off the previous record and coming second overall just behind the overall winner David Langan.

Peterhead Athletic Club ladies Linda McGee, and Susan Strachan also took podium places in their age groups in the MB Plant 5km as did Jennifer Cameron in the Masson Glennie 5km.

In the half marathon Ron Gauld of Stonehaven Running Club retained the title in his half marathon in a time of one hour 18 minutes and 30seconds, one minute slower than his winning time last year.

John Robertson of Peterhead Athletics club gained a podium place in his age category. The day was rounded off with the Shell School fun runs with many junior members taking part and achieving podium places.

This year’s Peterhead Running Festival proved to be the biggest and best yet, with all races packed to capacity.

Despite the changeable weather conditions - heavy rain interspersed with bright sunshine - the event was a massive success, with organisers delighted with the turnout.

Over the summer the club will meet at Catto Park at 5.30pm for junior athletics and 6.30pm for seniors and running development for juniors. All welcome to come and try for three sessions.