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Best of times for Brian de­spite tough test

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Scot­land in­ter­na­tional Fiona Brian sets her­self such high stan­dards that even a record-break­ing per­for­mance in the women’s di­vi­sion of yes­ter­day’s Fraser­burgh half marathon left her feel­ing a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed.

The Metro Aberdeen ath­lete, who set a per­sonal best marathon time of 2hr 42min 51sec in Ber­lin in Septem­ber, clocked 1:18:07 for the Broch course to fin­ish fifth over­all from a field of 242 run­ners.

That slashed 2:45 off the pre­vi­ous best women’s time set two years ago but is adrift of her per­sonal best of 1:15:01 from Lon­don in March.

She said: “I ac­tu­ally found it quite tough, es­pe­cially the off-road sec­tions which were quite muddy.

“It was a bit like cross­coun­try run­ning at times. I was dis­ap­pointed with my time as I be­lieved I was in bet­ter shape than that after my marathon per­for­mance in Ber­lin.

“I man­aged to stay with the lead­ing guys for the first cou­ple of miles as they started rel­a­tively slowly but once they picked up the pace I was on my own. It was quite a lonely run after that

“I found it tough, es­pe­cially on the muddy off-road sec­tions”

as no one was near me un­til maybe the fi­nal mile.”

Brian’s Metro club­mate Claire Bruce, who had won for the pre­vi­ous two years and pre­vi­ously held the course record, was run­nerup in 1:23:15.

Fraser­burgh’s Lisa Al­lan, who had fin­ished sec­ond in 2017 and 2018, had to set­tle for third po­si­tion on this oc­ca­sion but was re­warded with a per­sonal best time of 1:27:16. She was also first in the 40-49 age di­vi­sion.

There was more suc­cess for Metro Aberdeen in the age di­vi­sions with In­grid Machell winning the age 5059 prize in 1:41:19 and Rosey Leiper tak­ing the over-60s award in 1:54:51.

 ??  ?? New mark: Women’s win­ner Fiona Brian
New mark: Women’s win­ner Fiona Brian

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