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Doney’s bet­ter by half with power fin­ish­ing

- Sports · Running · Athletics · China · Amsterdam · Aberdeenshire · Chris Richardson · Kemnay

Metro Aberdeen’s Tom Doney used the ul­tra-dis­tance run­ning strength he de­vel­oped in China to help come through in the clos­ing stages to take sec­ond po­si­tion in yes­ter­day’s Fraser­burgh half marathon.

The El­lon-based ath­lete was ly­ing in an iso­lated third po­si­tion behind his Metro Aberdeen club­mates Ja­son Kelly and Chris Richard­son with a cou­ple of miles to go.

Kelly was well out of reach but Doney sensed Richard­son was strug­gling and de­cided to make a fi­nal push to close the gap. He claimed sec­ond spot in 1:14:13, with Richard­son third in 1:15:08.

It was a fine per­for­mance from Doney who had set a per­sonal best marathon time of 2:38:24 in Am­s­ter­dam four weeks ear­lier.

“It was a good time for me to do a half marathon”

He said: “I let Chris go ear­lier on as I was happy with the pace. Later I could see that the gap wasn’t grow­ing and I was even­tu­ally able to catch him.

“I felt fine as I think I have re­cov­ered well from the marathon. This was a good time to do a half marathon as the tired­ness from Am­s­ter­dam was out of my legs.”

Doney, who comes from Kem­nay orig­i­nally, has re­turned to the north-east after spend­ing a year liv­ing in China where he got the bug for run­ning races of be­tween 30km and 65km.

Jamie Coven­try picked up the age 4049 men’s prize when fin­ish­ing fifth over­all in 1:18:10, while his Metro Aberdeen club­mate Richard Horne was first in the 50-59 cat­e­gory, 12th over­all in 1:19:41, with Phil Owens (Gar­i­och Road Run­ners) head­ing the over-60s field in 1:39:13.

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