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PICTURES: RAF Lossiemouth's Adam Baker and local runner Kirstie Rogan are the winners as Forres Harriers bring back Benromach 10k after two-year absence

By Ewan Malcolm

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FORRES Harriers hosted their first 10k race in three years on Sunday at a sunny Benromach Distillery.

Of the 103 runners to register for the race, 80 braved the hot conditions.

That saw RAF Lossiemouth’s Adam Baker claim top spot among the men after recording a PB of 31.15 minutes.

He said: “That was a pretty big PB for me by over a minute so I’m really pleased with that.

“The first half with the wind I was just cruising along but it was a lot harder coming back in with the wind being in my face.

“My heart rate was through the roof but I just pushed through so I’m delighted in the end.”

Second and third on the men’s side went to Scottish international and former winner Kenny Wilson and his brother James, both of Moray Road Runners, who recorded times of 31.55 and 32.33 respectively.

Forres runner Kirstie Rogan of Highland Hill Runners was first female home with a time of 39.17.

Full results.

She said: “I’m pleased with that as a practice event. I’m really happy to get round in sub-40.

“I’m training for the hill races at the moment so it was just to finish and post a good time.

“This was really just to see how I’m doing but I think I was by myself for the last four miles so I’m happy to be first woman.”

Karen Simpson (Thistle Fitness) finished second on a time of 41.07 and Susan McRitchie (Forres Harriers) took home third after posting a time of 43.57.

As well as being the first race back since the start of the pandemic, the 10K’s return held further significance for Edna Cameron.

Her late husband Hamish Cameron was instrumental in setting the race up 41 years ago. She was honoured after being given the role as Sunday’s event starter.

She said: “It was 41 years ago that my husband started this race because there weren’t many events in the area so he started it up with the rest of the Harriers.

“It’s been popular and it’s a good route so it’s good to be back.

Mrs Cameron also gave prizes to the first male and female Forres Harrier in her husband’s memory.

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