The Montane Scottish Ultra Marathon Series starts off with a ‘gentle’ 33 miles in the Aberdeenshire countryside in the shape of the third running of the D33 Ultra, a 33 mile run from Duthie Park, Aberdeen to Peterculter, near Banchory, and back, mainly following the route of an old railway line.
|Phil Humphries||16||MV40 (9)||04:18:14|
|Michael Joyce||158||MV40 (55)||05:56:23||1|
Phil said : “The D33 is a 33mile race from Duthie Park, Aberdeen to Banchory and back following (mostly) the old railway line. This is the second time I’ve entered and is one of may favourite races – as it is so simple, well organised, great value (only a tenner) and full of friendly ultra-marathoners & their supporters. The route is easy to follow, scenic, flat and fast – ideal for ultra first timers who want to experience what lies beyond a marathon. This year the weather was perfect – no wind, lots of spring sunshine, but not too hot. Unfortunately I picked up a bit of a knee injury a week prior to the race, so wasn’t too confident about finishing, but thought I’d give it a go any way. I started well and despite the knee giving me trouble in the middle miles , the pain eased off in the later stages and I was able to finish strongly and knock a good 20 minutes off my finishing time from two years ago. Each finisher received (personally from the race director), a hand-made wooden medal (recycled from Hurricane Bawbag), and a re-usable cloth bag containing: beer, crisps, hot ginger muscle rub and a gel for your next race – what more could an ultra runner possibly need !”