Balmoral Castle the backdrop to the race

Kilian Leads the Way in Successful Knockburn Run - 17 February 2010

Aberdeen University postgraduate student Kilian Palop took top spot in the Tartan Shorts 5K at Knockburn Loch near Banchory on Valentine's Day.

The Spanish athlete blasted round the testing course in 19min 11sec to finish 16secs ahead of Deeside veteran Alan Sealy while Cosmic Hillbasher Kevin Harper was a further eight secs adrift in third position.

Palop is swim captain of the Kings Triathlete's Club in Aberdeen and he's the sort of guy who doesn't shirk a challenge no matter what the sport might be.

He has featured in the varsity rowing team at recent Scottish Universities' championships and he has also taken part in the world fold-up cycling championships.

In November Palop successfully defended his title in the Aberdeen students' ironman race - a contest which comprised a 900m swim, 10K of indoor rowing and a 10K run - all of which he completed in a combined time of 1hr 32min 37sec.

Aberdeen orienteer Carolyn McLeod won the women's race at Knockburn, recording 21:21 to take 11th position overall from a field of 81.

Jane Kerridge (Deeside Runners) was next home in 24:25 with Stonehaven Running Club's Liz Campbell edging home five secs ahead of her clubmate Nicola Rhind to take third position in 25:08.

Rebecca Eggeling (Aberdeen AAC) was first home in the accompanying children's fun run when finishing ahead of Eve Sealy (Banchory Stonehaven).

Ieuan Hill got the better of Lachlan Kirk to lead home the boys field.

Event organiser Alastair Simpson was delighted with the event. He said:"It's a tremendous venue for a race of this type. Bert McIntosh has created excellent facilities here and I could see other races being held in the future."

"The feedback I've had from participants has been extremely positive, which is always good to hear."

Meanwhile, entries for the Stena Drilling tartan 10K at balmoral on 24th April have now topped the 2,000 mark. With less than 400 slots left, this event is expected to fill very quickly.

Runners who haven't signed up yet are encouraged to do so as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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