Rus­sell in hunt for vic­tory at sil­ver 10K

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - SPORTS - By Fraser Clyne

SCOT­TISH in­ter­na­tional Robert Rus­sell wants to test ti­tle-holder Ben Hukins in next month’s sil­ver ju­bilee City of Aberdeen Baker Hughes 10K.

Rus­sell, who lives in Aberdeen but com­petes for Cen­tral AC, has never run in the city’s big race which has at­tracted a record en­try of just un­der 4,000 run­ners.

But he’s keen to take part in this year’s event on Sun­day, May 22.

Rus­sell said: “I think it could be quite a fast course if the weather is de­cent and hope­fully I can get a good time.

“I’m aim­ing to do a marathon later in the year, maybe in Ber­lin, but I need a few races un­der my belt.

“I’ve missed some train­ing be­cause of a knee prob­lem, but in an­other month I should be a lot fit­ter.”

Hukins, pic­tured, won the 10K for the first time last year and is de­ter­mined to re­tain the ti­tle.

The Aberdeen AAC run­ner has been in great form re­cently and smashed the course record when win­ning the Cono­coPhillips 5K at Bal­moral.

A lit­tle over an hour later he had re­cov­ered suf­fi­ciently to fin­ish sixth in the Stena Drilling Tar­tan 10K.

Rus­sell was run­ner- up be­hind Great Bri­tain marathon in­ter­na­tional Martin Wil­liams in the 10K when fin­ish­ing 58secs ahead of Hukins. ROBERT Gor­don Univer­sity stu­dent Padraig White will aim for more suc­cess in this week­end’s Bri­tish Uni­ver­si­ties and Col­leges track and field cham­pi­onships at Bed­ford.

The Ir­ish­man scored a hat-trick of wins in the Scot­tish Uni­ver­si­ties cham­pi­onships at Grange­mouth when he struck gold in the shot, ham­mer and dis­cus.

He achieved life­time best dis­tances in the shot and dis­cus but he’s pin­ning all his hopes on the ham­mer at Bed­ford. Aberdeen Univer­sity’s Chuxx Onyia com­petes in the triple jump, the event in which he struck gold, with a per­sonal best clear­ance of 14.52m at the Scot­tish stu­dents meet­ing. Onyia’s club­mate Ian Gar­i­och hopes to do well in the 400m.

The Mo­ray ath­lete won gold in the 200m at Grange­mouth, but he’ll re­vert to his favoured one lap event this week­end.

Other Aberdeen ath­letes hop­ing to do well in­clude James Joy (800m), Eoin Durkan (800m and 1500m), Thomas New­ton (200m and 400m), Matthew Camp­bell (javelin) and Myles Pater­son (javelin).

Aberdeen com­peti­tors in the women’s cham­pi­onships in­clude Ademide Abe­muyeyo (100m and 200m) and Jane Able­day (200m).

RACE AIMS: Aberdeen’s Robert Rus­sell com­petes for Cen­tral AC.

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