Runners taking part in the 5k race

Robbie chases another record - 25 April 2014

On Saturday Deeside's Robbie Simpson,22, will attempt to break the course record time of 31min 17secs for the Stena Drilling Tartan 10Km  which he set 12 months ago.

The local athlete, who is a Great Britain mountain running international, has been a consistently good performer at Balmoral since 2006 when he won the Kongsberg Maritime secondary schools race.

He has won the Balmoral trail race for the past three years, his most recent success coming in 2013, less than 24 hours after winning the 10Km.He set the current trail race course record of 1hr 21min 11secs in 2012.

Simpson has no plans to double up this weekend, preferring to focus solely on the 10Km. 

His opponents include Ross Houston who won the 10Km in 2008 and was runner-up in 2012.The Central AC athlete is expected to be named in the Scotland marathon team for the Commonwealth Games later this summer.

Others to look out for in the 10Km include Corstorphine's Keith Hood, the 2009 winner, Aberdeen-based Kenny O'Neill (Ron Hill Cambuslang Harriers), North champion Gordon Lennox (Forres Harriers) and Scottish under-20 5,000m track champion Sam Burgess (Aberdeen AAC).

Former Great Britain 100Km international Alan Reid (Peterhead Running Club) is to make his first appearance at Balmoral for three years.

The Banffshire athlete is targetting the prize for the first kilted runner in the Stena Drilling Tartan 10Km, an award he won four times between 2005 and 2011.

Reid has made a remarkable comeback onto the local athletics scene since recovering from an horrific road traffic accident which almost claimed his life in 2011.

Aberdeen AAC's Nicola Gauld won't be defending her title in the women's division of the race as she is recovering from a foot injury.

Hill running international Clare Whitehead (Deeside Runners), the 2004 10K winner and 2011 trail race champion, could emerge as favourite although there are a number of other strong contenders.

Scotland trail running international Moira Davie (Forres Harriers) is sure to be among the front runners while Stonehaven half marathon winner Carolyn McLeod and Garioch half marathon champion Marie Baxter (Garioch Road Runners) should also be in the frame.

Lumphanan 10Km winner Steph Provan (Deeside Runners),Glenlivet 10Km champion Siobhan Prise (Aberdeen AAC) and improving Aberdeen runner Debbbie Moore are among the others who are expected to be battling for the top prizes.

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