Balmoral Castle the backdrop to the race

Andrew and Vivienne Take the Tartan Shorts Honours - 15 February 2011

Sixteen year-old Andrew Melvin was a convincing winner of the Tartan Shorts 5Km race at Knockburn Loch, and now the Banchory Academy pupil is looking forward to competing in the Balmoral road races on 23rd April.
Melvin battled round the hilly Knockburn circuit in 20min 21secs to finish 37secs clear of Peter Henry.
The time was well below Andrew's best, but he was satisfied with the win.

He said:"I've run around the 18min mark before but Knockburn is hilly and the course was very muddy.
"I'm going to run in the ConocoPhillips 5Km at Balmoral and before that I'll be running in the Running Shop cross country race at Balgownie."

Melvin has previous experience of Balmoral. Last year he was runner-up in the Secondary Schools 2.5Km.
Viviene Bruce, who was 7th in the women's division of the ConocoPhillips 5Km last year, won the women's race at Knockburn.

The Metro Aberdeen runner posted a time of 23:56 to finish ahead of her young clubmate Lucy McLeod. Lucy is just 12 years old but did brilliantly well to clock a time of 25:42. Vivienne isn't sure yet as to whether she will be at Balmoral in April. She said:"I don't know if I am going to be running at Balmoral yet or not.

"I juggle running and competing my horse, Kingsmore, so it will depend if I have any competitions with him that weekend. "If I do run at Balmoral I will probably do the 5K and try and better my time and 7th placing from last year. "I only started running in 2006,not very seriously, and the Balmoral 10K was my second ever race - I think I finished in approx 53 mins.

"I only started running a bit more seriously when I joined Metro at the end of 2008."
Entries for the ConocoPhillips 5Km at Balmoral are outstripping last year's totals at the same stage and anyone aiming to take part is urged to enter as soon as possible.

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