Runners taking part in the 10k race

Endurance Events Champion Takes Up Petrofac Challenge - 28 March 2011

Highland Cross duathlon champion Alasdair Thomas is the latest top name to sign up for the Petrofac Challenge mixed terrain half marathon on Sunday 24th April.

The Aberdeenshire multisports specialist will be making his first appearance at Balmoral and admits he's looking forward to the occasion.

He said:"I have never competed at Balmoral before but when I read about the half marathon I decided to give it a go.

"It sounds like an interesting run and I'll be using it to help with my preparations for the summer."

Thomas is used to putting himself forward for demanding endurance events. He won the 50 mile Highland Cross Scottish coast-to-coast race between Kintail and Beauly last June after many near misses in the past.

He completed the 20 mile run and 30 mile cycle in a combined time of 3hr 46min 24sec to finish two minutes ahead of his closest rival.

Thomas had been runner-up for each of the previous three years and was third in 2005.

He said:"I was very pleased to finally win it and I'll be going all out to defend my title this year."

Alasdair will also be competing in July's Corrieyairack duathlon, a 43 mile running and cycling race between Fort Augustus and Kenmore.

Later in the year he'll face another new test, as he explained: "I'm going to compete in the Iron Monster race at Loch Ness in September.

"It involves a 26 mile marathon run down one side of Loch Ness then a 50 mile cycle back up the other side.

"I've never done that one before but it sounds interesting."

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