Kevin proves that he is well up to the Ythan Challenge

Start of Ythan Challenge.
Start of Ythan Challenge.

Kevin Harper picked up a record fourth win in the 2013 Xodus Ythan Challenge. The Cosmics club hillrunner led a field of 472 runners on Sunday.

Last year he equalled Robert Taylor’s record of three wins in the event but in taking the top spot, with a time of 51:42, he now holds the record on his own.

Kevin, 35, of Aberdeen, said: “It’s a great course again and it was really good to win. I was worried about the competition from the Metro guys this year and it was really fast at the start so it’s great to win it for a fourth time.”

He praised the volunteers involved in the race and said he enjoyed the changes to the course.

The women’s event was won by Victoria Bailie, of Edinburgh Athletics Club, who finished with a time of 58:21 to scoop the title for the third year in a row. But Victoria, 35, lost her own battle with husband Demot.

She said: “I beat him last year and he wasn’t very happy about it but this year he finished ahead of me. I wanted to win the race and I’m really happy I did. I liked the fact the course was mixed up a bit from last year. “

Alison Chalmers, chair of the Ythan Challenge organising committee, said: “Once again, we’ve had a fantastic event. We’re delighted the Xodus Ythan Challenge is so popular and we increased the number of entries to try to accommodate even more runners this year. I need to thank all of our sponsors because the event would not happen if it wasn’t for them and our committee of volunteers.”

The Open Team prize went to the Metro Moaners, with the Xodus team coming out on top in the Corporate Team category. Grampian Fire and Rescue Service won the Union Team prize.

The Xodus Ythan Challenge is organised by the community groups which benefit most from it through an organising committee comprising representatives from The Meadows Sports Centre in Ellon, Ythan Amateur Swimming Club, Ellon Boys’ Brigade, Ellon Ladies Hockey Club, the Middleton Trust and 1990 Ellon Sqn Air Cadets.