Race Focus

Two days to go . . . . - 24 April 2015

Teenagers to take centre stage in ConocoPhillips 5km

Jordan Chapman, pictured, heads a squad of Aberdeen AAC teenagers aiming to make their mark in the ConocoPhillips 5km at Balmoral on Saturday.

The 18 year-old Turriff athlete finished third last year but hopes to improve on that performance this weekend.

Chapman showed good form last month when winning the Garioch 5km in a personal best time of 15min 48secs.

His opponents include Aberdeen club mates Callum Symmons, 18, and Steven Murray,18, while former Scotland hill running international Dan Whitehead (Deeside Runners) is also expected to pose a threat.

Kyle Greig (Forres Harriers) would normally be expected to feature strongly, but the Aberdeen-based runner has been struggling to shake off an injury and isn't expected to be in his best shape.

Gemma Cormack (Aberdeen AAC) is one of the favourites for the women's prize in the absence of European under-23 cross country champion Rhona Auckland (Banchory Stonehaven AC) who has won for the past three years.

Cormack finished third in 2012 and 2014 and looks capable of winning on this occasion. Her opponents include Aberdeen multisport specialist Debbie Moore, Garioch 5km winner Morna Holmes(Garioch Road Runners), north cross country age group champion Constance Nankivell (East Sutherland) and top north masters runner Sheila Gollan (East Sutherland).


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