Ruairidh returns to win marathon
A MAN who grew up in Lochaber returned to his roots to win the Fort William marathon this weekend.
Ruairidh Campbell, who grew up in Inverlochy but now lives in Arbroath, cleared the 26-mile route in two hours, 48 minutes and 58 seconds, almost six minutes ahead of second place, Helge Henson.
Almost 300 runners took part in the marathon on Sunday in a new route, leaving from Nevis Range and taking in some of Lochaber’s most stunning scenery, including Ben Nevis, Neptune’s staircase and the Commando memorial in Spean bridge.
Irish runner, Theresa Majeed, was the first lady home and 14th overall, clearing the finish line in three hours, 18 minutes and 50 seconds.
Local athletes also recorded impressive times, Steven Martin from Fort William finished in 63rd place, in a time of 3:48:55, while his fellow Lochaber runners Shaun MacLean finished in 4:33:30 (166th) and Brian MacDonald recorded a time of 4:45:455 (191st).
In a sign of true friendship, Lochaber ladies Margaret MacPhee, Naomi Lawrie and Naomi Bates crossed the finish line together, with a time of 5:07:21. Anna Cameron, also of Lochaber, finished in 6:08:58.
Top 10 finishers: 1 Ruairidh Campbell 2:48:58; 2 Helge Hansen 2:54:34; 3 Michael O’Donnell 2:59:49; 4 Rudi Taylor 3:02:21; 5 Martin Devine 3:08:17; 6 Tom Shanahan 3:09:22; 7 Stuart MacDonald 3:09:44; 8 John MacLaughlin 3:13:53; 9 Scott Affleck 3:13:56; 10 Andy Craig 3:14:56.
MARATHON MEN: First place, Ruairidh Campbell, right, takes an early lead with
second place, Helge Hansen