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Another Balmoral record falls on day two of this year's races - 28 April 2013

Angela Mudge brought the RunBalmoral 2013 record tally up to five with a fantastic performance in Sunday's St. James's Place Wealth Management 15 mile trail race, while Robbie Simpson notched his second victory of what turned out to be a superb weekend of action on Deeside.

Angela, the former world mountain running champion, stamped her class on the women's division of the race when finishing eighth overall from a field of 300 in 1hr 37min 31sec.

That knocked 15secs off the women's course record set by Fife's Morgan Windram-Geddes in 2012. And it added to the four records set on Saturday by Simpson (Stena Drilling Tartan 10K, men), Andrew Butchart (ConocoPhillips 5K, men), Rhona Auckland (ConocoPhillips 5K, women) and Liam Barnsby (Kongsberg Maritime 2.5K, boys).

The Carnethy athlete was more than satisfied with her day's work. She said:"I must admit I didn't know what the record was, so I had no idea when I finished that I'd broken it. 

"I've had a bit of a groin strain recently, so I was just concentrating on making sure I got round without any trouble.

"It's a great trail and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm sure it will grow even more in popularity in the future as people are really looking for good trail races like this one."

Shetland's Charlotte Black, the Scottish 100k champion, was next home in 1:45:22.

She said:"It was a tough course, but I enjoyed it. It's certainly good training for the Edinburgh marathon which I'm thinking about doing next."      

Men's champion Robbie Simpson admitted his legs were hurting after his record-breaking win in Saturday's Stena Drilling Tartan 10K, but that didn't prevent the Banchory man from posting another victory.

It's the third year in a row Simpson has taken won the trail race, but his time of 1hr 29min 30sec was considerably slower than last year's course record 1:21:11.

He said:"I actually felt fine although my legs were a bit sore beforehand. 

"Once I got into a lead I was quite comfortable. I just wanted to make sure I was far enough in front so that I could win."

Edinburgh University's Iain Whiteside, who was fourth in Saturday's 10K, finished second in 1:30:38 while George French (Garioch Road Runners) took third spot in 1:32:43 after Aberdeen's Barney Phillips (Lasswade AC) unfortunately went off course.

French athlete Mehdy Prevost was fourth in 1:34:34, but there was disappointment for American Brandon Wernette who was late in arriving and finished in 22nd position despite clocking the fifth fastest time of the day.

Brandon, who is at university in New York but comes from Michigan, said:" My dad  and I were staying in Aberlour last night and we underestimated how long it would take for us to get to Balmoral.

"I missed the start by more than 10 minutes so I had a lot of catch up to do. But I really enjoyed the run. In fact I'd say this is the most awesome race I have taken part in. It was fantastic."

Main results:


Men: 1 R. Simpson (Deeside) 1:29:30; 2 I. Whiteside (Edinburgh University) 1:30:38; 3 G. French (Garioch) 1:32:43; 4 M. Prevost (Amiens, France) 1:34:34; 5 S. Smith (Cosmic) 1:35:12; 6 D. Kerridge (Deeside) 1:36:31; 7 A. Hubbard (Deeside) 1:36:53; 8 A. Buchan 1:38:00; 9 S. Campbell (Ross County) 1:38:36; 10 A. Sealy (Deeside) 1:39:24.

Women: 1 A. Mudge (Carnethy) 1:37:31; 2 V. Oldham (Cosmic) 1:44:27; 3 C. Black (Shetland) 1:45:22; 4 C. Milne 1:53:06; 5 J-C. Seefried 1:53:19; 6 R. Mackenzie (Deeside) 1:53:50; 7 S. Simpson 1:56:31; 8 S. Prise (Aberdeen AAC) 1:56:49; 9 S. Rendell 1:56:55; 10 P. Tosh 1:57:41.

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