Alas­dair signs up for Bal­moral race

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HIGH­LAND Cross duathlon cham­pion Alas­dair Thomas is the lat­est top name to sign up for the Petro­fac Chal­lenge mixed ter­rain half marathon at Bal­moral Cas­tle.

The Mid­mar ath­lete is look­ing for­ward to the event which takes place on Sun­day, April 24.

He said: “I have never com­peted at Bal­moral be­fore, but when I heard about the half marathon I de­cided to give it a go.

“It sounds like an in­ter­est­ing run and I’ll be us­ing it to help with my prepa­ra­tions for the sum­mer.”

Alas­dair is used to putting him­self for­ward for de­mand­ing en­durance events.

He won the 50-mile High­land Cross Scot­tish coastto-coast race be­tween Kin­tail and Beauly last June af­ter many near misses.

Alas­dair was run­ner-up the pre­vi­ous three years and was third in 2005.

He said: “I was very pleased to fi­nally win it and I’ll be go­ing all out to de­fend my ti­tle this year.”

Alas­dair will also be c o mp e t i n g in July’s Cor­rieyairack duathlon, a 4 3 - mi l e r u n n i n g a n d cy­cling race be­tween Fort Au­gus­tus and Ken­more.

Later in the year he’ll face an­other new test, as he ex­plained: “I’m go­ing to com­pete in the Iron Mon­ster race at Loch Ness in Septem­ber.

“It in­volves a marathon run down one side of Loch Ness then a 50-mile cy­cle up the other side.

“I’ve never done that one be­fore, but it sounds in­ter­est­ing.”

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