Ruairidh re­turns to win marathon

The Oban Times - - News 9 -

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

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