Repeat champ enjoys 10k four in a row
IT WAS a clean sweep for runner Kenny Wilson last Saturday in Forres, as he surged to his fourth victory in as many races to win the Northern Scot 10k Series.
Wilson followed dominant wins in Buckie, Nairn and Elgin with another in Forres, finishing in 32min 32sec.
It was a highly impressive finale for the 26-year-old, who defended the title he won 12 months ago.
"It was the fourth win of this series and it went really well," said Wilson, who is from Knockando, but now lives in Craigellachie.
"It was quite windy conditions between mile one and two and you just tried to work your way through that, but I managed to pull away there and then managed to keep it going."
In 2015, Wilson finished first in Forres and Buckie, second in Elgin and third in Nairn.
And while he went into the 10k series looking to defend his title, the fact he achieved four first-place finishes was particularly pleasing.
"One of the targets this year was to try and defend it, so I’m pleased it went the right way for me," he said.
A fortnight ago, Wilson kept his grip on the Archiestown 5k title, and he then headed down to Edinburgh for the Scottish 5K Championships, where he finished 14th.
"I had run the Edinburgh 5k the day before the Forres race, and I got my personal best there, so I was just trying to see what I had left in my legs.
"I had set my PB of 15 minutes 14 in Balmoral and then I got it down to 15.01 in Edinburgh, so the next thing will be to go sub 15 minutes. I felt really good in the morning and I thought I would still be able to run a good race. I don’t think it slowed me down too much."
There’s no rest for Wilson, who will be running another 10k in Aberdeen tomorrow (Saturday).
"I am really happy with the running at the moment. The training is going really well as well, so I am just trying to put it all together," he said.
"Hopefully I will have as good a weekend this weekend as I just had the weekend past."
More pictures and results in this week's 'Northern Scot'