The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) : 2019-11-18

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14 THE PRESS AND JOURNAL Every Monday KELLY’S HOLDING FAST Metrorunne­rretainsFr­aserburghh­alfmaratho­ntitleands­etsnewcour­serecord BY FRASER CLYNE J ason Kelly retained the men’s title in yesterday’s Fraserburg­h half marathon despite going into the race on the back of an extremely heavy week of training after returning from a fortnight’s holiday in South America. The Metro Aberdeen runner dictated the pace from the start and went on to win in 1hr 12min 49sec, the fastest time recorded on the current Broch course, which has been used for the past three years. His clubmates Tom Doney (1:14:13) and Chris Richardson (1:15:08) filled the remaining podium positions, with Martin Mueller fourth in 1:15:48. Kelly, who is now focusing on a six-hour night-time ultra-race at the end of the month, was satisfied with his performanc­e – given that on Wednesday he had put in a big shift by running 26 miles in the morning and a further nine miles later in the day. He said: “I did that big day of running as part of my preparatio­ns for the ultra and I’ve now done a total of 95 miles of training over the past seven days, which is the fourth-highest weekly mileage I’ve ever done. “But my legs felt fine today. They were a little fatigued towards the end, but no more than “Now I will concentrat­e on my main target for this part of the year which is the Nocturnal Ultra race at Hedderwick Hill farm, near Dunbar, at the end of the month. “It’s held on a 5km loop between 4pm and 10pm, so it’s dark the whole time. The person covering the greatest distance in the time will be the winner. I haven’t had time to check out the course but I reckon I’ll get to know it pretty well by the time I’ve run the lap a few times. “I have been preparing for this over the past few months. There was nothing major coming up so I just decided I’d give it a go. It’s novel and a new challenge. “After that I’ll be aiming for the Big Half Marathon in London at the beginning of March. “I got my personal best time of 1:10:53 there this year and I’ll be aiming to improve on that in 2020.” I’d expect. My time was about 50 seconds quicker than last year and I’ll admit it was quicker than I expected, especially as some of the off-road parts of the course were quite wet and muddy. “There’s probably around 2.5 miles of the 13-mile course which are on trails. There were four of us together for the first few miles, Chris, Tom, Martin and myself. Chris and I then pulled away from the others and after about six miles I began to get away on my own. After that the gap just continued to grow all the way to the finish.