Balmoral Castle the backdrop to the race

Top World veteran enters Petrofac Challenge - 24 March 2012

One of the world's top veteran runners has entered next month's Petrofac Challenge 15 mile race at Balmoral Castle 

Falkirk athlete Fiona Matheson has signed up for the event in which the first man and woman will  win a trip to a major race in Ethiopia

Last October Fiona set a world over-50 age group 10,000m track record of 35min 05.7secs at Coatbridge.

Then in December she clocked another world record of 9min 56.39sec in her debut 3,000m indoor race at the Kelvin Hall.

Earlier in the year Matheson showed her qualities as a road runner by winning the European over-50's 10K and half marathon titles at Thionville, France.

Balmoral event manager Alastair Simpson said:"It's great that we are getting athletes of this quality entering the 15 mile run.

"The Ethiopian prize is proving to be a big attraction and we are looking forward to an extremely competitive race."

Matheson's opponents include Scottish cross country international Morgan Windram-Geddes (Fife AC), Aberdeen's orienteering specialist orienteer Carolyn McLeod and North Berwick's Megan Wright (Hunters Bog Trotters) who won the Haweswater half marathon in Cumbria earlier this month.

Other contenders are likely to follow as entries don't close until April 2nd

Banchory's mountain running international Robbie Simpson (Deeside Runners) and Scottish marathon champion Ross Houston (Central AC) are the top names entered for the men's race so far.


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