SIMON Pride kept a cool head in the sizzling heat as he romped to victory in Sunday’s Elgin 10k.
The Fochabers postie, a former 100km world champion, shook off recent injury worries to reach the Cooper Park finish line in a time of exactly 35 minutes.
Pride (44) now leads the way after two races in the Northern Scot 10k series, and admitted he will be going for his first ever series victory when it concludes at Forres on Saturday, May 12.
"I was hoping for the top two or three again today, so I’m delighted with the win," said the Forres Harrier, moments after crossing the line.
"When I was on the marathon circuit I couldn’t always fit this in. I’ve taken part in the series three times before and I’ve never won it, so that’s one I would like to put to bed if I can."
Keith and District’s Paul Murdoch finished second (36.39), while first lady home was Sarah Leibnitz, a Lossiemouth runner who now runs for Inverness Harriers. She had a number of her family cheering her to victory in a time of 40.35, just 12 seconds ahead of her main rival in the chase for the series, Lynn Burnet.
"It was tough," said former Moray Road Runner Sarah (32). "There were three of us the whole way and it was a case of seeing who was going to get over the line first.
"I thought I would wait until as close to the finish as possible before I decided to go for it, and it was then that I heard my family shouting.
"I’m absolutely delighted."
Organiser Gareth Jenkins said more than 220 took part in the 10k and 3k fun run combined, with numbers slightly down due to Sport Relief events being staged at the same time.
Top ten placings: 1st – Simon Pride (Forres Harriers) 35.00; 2nd – Paul Murdoch (Keith & District) 36.39; 3rd – Graham Donaldson (Garioch) 36.51; 4th – Donald Simpson (Metro Aberdeen) 36.52); 5th – David Weir (Forres Harriers) 37.00; 6th – Steve Reeve (unattached) 37.06; 7th – Terence Forrest (unattached) 37.12; 8th – Keith McIntyre (Fraserburgh) 37.27; 9th – William Jackson (Moray Road Runners) 37.27; 10th – John Goodall (Keith & District) 38.10.
See the Northern Scot for full story and photographs on Sunday’s race.