The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Greig is fired up for top per­for­mance in trail run

Run­ner has many rea­sons to be mo­ti­vated for High­land Fling

- BY FRASER CLYNE

Metro Aberdeen’s Kyle Greig is fired up and ready to pro­duce a top-class per­for­mance in to­mor­row’s Scot­tish ultra trail run­ning cham­pi­onships in­cor­po­rated within the High­land Fling 53-mile race be­tween Mil­ngavie and Tyn­drum.

The Al­ford-based ath­lete, who fin­ished sec­ond be­hind Great Bri­tain moun­tain run­ning in­ter­na­tional Andy Douglas in the Trac 15-mile trail race at Bal­moral last Sun­day, has plenty of rea­sons to be mo­ti­vated.

He feels ag­grieved at be­ing over­looked by Great Bri­tain’s selec­tors when they chose their team for this year’s world ultra trail run­ning cham­pi­onships to be held over an 80km course at Penyagolos­a in Spain on May 12 and wants to prove a point.

Greig was the first Bri­tish scorer in the last year’s world event in which he fin­ished 26th over a 50km course in Italy.

Ear­lier this year he fin­ished fifth in a world ultra race series 102km trail race in New Zealand.

But none of this con­vinced the na­tional selec­tors that the Metro man was wor­thy of a place on the team.

The north-east will, how­ever, be rep­re­sented in Spain by Aberdeen’s Rob Sin­clair, who has jus­ti­fi­ably been picked fol­low­ing a series of out­stand­ing per­for­mances last year, in­clud­ing set­ting a course record of 6hr 41min 15sec at the High­land Fling.

Greig said: “First the High­land Fling of all, is the

“I’ll be hav­ing a real go at it but I don’t want to do any­thing silly”

Scot­tish cham­pi­onship race and I re­ally want to win the title. That’s al­ways im­por­tant.

“But I’d also like to break Rob’s course record and prove a point to the selec­tors.

“I’ll be hav­ing a real go at it but I don’t want to do any­thing silly and get car­ried away.

“I need to make sure I’m prop­erly hy­drated and fu­elled up for run­ning that dis­tance, so I’ll make sure I carry enough gels to keep me go­ing.

“I didn’t get that part quite right in New Zealand, so I learned from that.

“I be­lieve there’s one good English guy tak­ing part but other than that I’m not sure who else has en­tered.

“I’m not re­ally both­ered, I just need to fo­cus on run­ning my one race.

“Can I get the record? Well, I want it but a lot will de­pend on the weather con­di­tions, so it’s im­pos­si­ble to tell.

“Fin­ish­ing sec­ond be­hind Andy at Bal­moral has given my con­fi­dence a boost.

“He is a class run­ner and I was at least able to keep him in sight for a long way.

“I was happy with that per­for­mance.

“I hadn’t been feel­ing too good re­cently but that run has cer­tainly given me a lift.

“I’ve taken it easy in train­ing this week, so I’ll be ready for Satur­day.”

More than 800 run­ners have signed up for the race, which in­cludes 7,500ft of climb­ing along the test­ing route of the West High­land Way.

 ??  ?? PRE­PARED: Kyle Greig has taken it easy this week and will be ready for to­mor­row
PRE­PARED: Kyle Greig has taken it easy this week and will be ready for to­mor­row

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