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D33 Deeside Way Ultra Marathon 2012


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.

Place (192) Category Time
Phil Humphries 16 MV40 (9) 04:18:14
Michael Joyce 158 MV40 (55) 05:56:23 1

1 = First race over the distance. PB = Personal best time over the distance.

Phil and Michael at the finish
Phil and Michael at the finish

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 !”

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