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Bid for a hat-trick of record-breaking performances in the ConocoPhillips 5Km - 24 April 2014

Rhona Auckland's affinity with the Balmoral races will be maintained on Saturday when the Great Britain international bids for a hat-trick of record-breaking performances in the ConocoPhillips 5Km.

The Torphins woman is only 20 but has been competing at Balmoral for the past decade.

Auckland is one of the country's best up-and-coming young distance runners but she never tires of returning to Deeside to compete in an event she has always thoroughly enjoyed.

As a 15 year-old, in 2009, she showed her potential by finishing runner-up behind Aberdeen AAC's Pamela Tosh in the 5Km in a time of 19:01. She was second behind Tosh again the following year, but improved her time to 18:37.

Her first victory came in 2012 when she recorded 17:16 to knock 30secs off the women's course record and another 41secs was scythed from that mark when she won again last April.

Ali Hay (Central AC) who represented Scotland in the 1500m at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games and hopes to be competing at Hampden Park this summer, is favourite to win the men's 5Km title.

The Linlithgow-based runner set a course record of 14:57 when winning at Balmoral in 2012 but that mark was eclpised by his clubmate Andrew Butchart who relegated Hay to second position last April when winning in 14:46.

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