Russell in hunt for victory at silver 10K
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.