Balmoral Castle the backdrop to the race

Alex Goes for Balmoral Hat-trick - 17 March 2011


Edinburgh's Alex MacEwen couldn't decide whether to do the ConocoPhillips 5Km, the Stena Drilling Tartan 10Km or the Petrofac Challenge 13.1 miler at the RunBalmoral meeting - so he solved the problem by entering all three races.

While most people are exhausted after taking part in just one of the Balmoral runs, Alex is determined to go for a hat-trick by racing over a combined distance of more than 22 miles.

On the Saturday (23rd April), he'll line up in the ConocoPhillips 5Km before dusting himself down for the Stena Drilling Tartan 10Km about an hour later. Then, less than 24 hours later, he'll be back in action, tackling the inaugural Petrofac Challenge 13 mile multi-terrain race.

It's tiring enough just thinking about such a demanding schedule, but Alex, who works as a Sports Development Officer with West Lothain Council, is taking it all in his stride.

Pictured: Alex MacEwen, Credit: Willie LyallHe said: "I'm looking forward to it. I'll be taking it easy in the 5Km as I'll be running round with my partner, Helen Gillanders.

"The timetable allows me time to recover from that before doing the 10Km. I've run the 10Km four times before so I know that it's a tough course.

"Then on the Sunday I'm looking forward to the half marathon. It sounds like an interesting course, being mainly off-road, which is good.

"I'd be doing a long run on a Sunday anyway, so I thought, why not do the race instead just to round off what should be a great weekend."

MacEwen, 55, is following his normal weekly training routine in the countdown to Balmoral. He said: "I run with a group on a Thursday and a Saturday while Sunday is usually a 90min run. On top of that I try to do one or two recovery runs during the week.

"I reckon I'm in shape to run around 43-44min for a road 10Km."

Entries for the Stena Drilling Tartan 10Km have now closed but there's still places available in the ConocoPhillips 5Km and the Petrofac Challenge.


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