Ythan Challenge 2017

First three back were Paul Massie (3rd), Jim Toll (1st) and Jonathon Strachan (2nd)
First three back were Paul Massie (3rd), Jim Toll (1st) and Jonathon Strachan (2nd)

The 2017 Cetco Ythan Challenge took place last weekend in Ellon with participants both local and from far afield navigating the 11k obstacle course.

The race was won by Aberdeen’s Jim Tole who crossed the finish line in a time of 54 minutes and 22 seconds.

Second and third were Jonathan Strachan (55:29) and Paul Massie (56:24).

Insch Trail Running Club members Andrew Simpson and Ewan Lyle finished in sixth and seventh place respectively.

First woman to cross the line was Victoria Bailie in a time of one hour, three minutes and eight seconds.

A spokesperson for the Ythan Challenge said: “What a lovely day we had for the 2017 Cetco Ythan Challenge.

“A huge well done to everyone who took part today.

“As usual it’s never enough to thank everyone who gave us their time and resources to make the event happen.

“From our marshals and race officials to the sponsors who all support us in making the Ythan Challenge happen and most of all the competitors, you have all made a significant contribution to those we can help with the proceeds from the event.”

Now, having cleared the obstacles away for another year, organisers already have one eye on the 2018 event.

Entries for the 2018 event are now open and there is a £5 discount for the first 200.

The Ythan Challenge is a multi-terrain adventure race held each year in Ellon which aims to provide an elite event in the runners calendar and attract competitors from all over the UK.

The organisers update the course every year to provide new challenges.

The main aim is to raise funds for various non-profit groups in the North East of Scotland.

This is done primarily by attracting race sponsorship from business organisations who wish to be associated with the event.

For more information, full results from the 2017 race and to sign up for the 2018 event visit