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Wilson's Spanish Farewell at Balmoral - 16 March 2011

Stena Drilling Tartan 10Km record-holder Lyn Wilson will return to Balmoral in April before heading off to start a new life in Spain with her husband Juan Mareque.

Aberdeen-born Lyn, who currently lives in Edinburgh, has won the women's division of the 10Km three times and she set the women's record of 36min 23sec in 2006.

Juan has also competed in the 10Km in the past, winning the men's race in 2006 and finishing runner-up behind Ethiopian Dereje Kebede in 2005.

He moved back to his native Spain in January to take up a research post in San Sebastian. Lyn will join him before the summer, but that will allow her to make another Balmoral appearance before setting off.

She said:"I'm not due to move until the beginning of May so I should be able to run at Balmoral again, which would be fine. I'm not sure how I'll get on, however, as I haven't raced for a long time."

Wilson will face a major challenge from North champion Melissa Whyte who will be making her second Balmoral appearance in three years.

The veteran Inverness Harriers' club member finished runner-up behind Ayr's Toni McIntosh in 2009.

Melissa, 47, has been in great form over the winter months, winning the North cross country league for the third year in a row and striking gold in the over-45's division of the Scottish Masters championships.

She won the women's division of the Inverness half marathon for the second year in a row in mid-March.

Whyte has a best 10Km time of 35min 05sec set at Buckie last year and that makes her one of the best in Britain in her age group.

Hill running international Clare Whitehead (Deeside Runners), who won the Balmoral 10Km in 2004 and was runner-up behind Wilson last year, is also in the field.


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