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The Metro Aberdeen runner took part in the Dinnaedo 100-mile cycle sportive which started and finished in Stonehaven and took in 8,100ft of climbing as it followed a route which went over the Cairn o’Mount twice.
Tole said: “My legs were a bit heavy although I was probably helped by the fact that I took a wrong turn during the cycle race and ended up doing only 77 miles. If I’d done the entire 100 miles that might have made been too much.”
The veteran athlete showed few signs of fatigue as he completed the 11km Ellon course, which took in a tour of the Esslemont estate and a run out and back along the Ythan valley, in 54min 23sec.
Along the way, he and the other 359 competitors had to negotiate a series of obstacles including wooden climbing frames, towering straw bales, mud pits, near vertical slippery slopes and a river crossing.
Tole took it all in his stride but admitted it was a tougher challenge than he expected.
He said: “I held back a little at the start while the guy who eventually finished second set off very quickly. I kept him in my sights but didn’t make any attempt to catch him until we entered the main trail section through the Esslemont estate.
“I was able to pick him off when we hit some of the hills and we ran together for a while before I pulled away.
“The slippery slope at the finish was tricky until I realised there was a rope running alongside it which I was able to use to haul myself up. It’s just as well it wasn’t a close race at that point otherwise it might have ended up differently.
“This is the first time I’ve done the race and it was much harder than I expected. I thought it was just going to be like a cross-country run.
“Now that I know what’s involved, I reckon I’d train harder for it next year.
“I’m pleased to win as I’m just coming back from injury. Now I’m focussing on the Great Aberdeen Run half marathon in August.”
World 50km Trail Running Championships
Metro Aberdeen ’s Kyle Greig made a fine debut for Great Britain by finishing a creditable 26th from a field of 239 in the world 50km trail running championships at Bada Prataglia in Tuscany. Spain’s Alberto Hernado won by completing the Foreste Casentinesi course in 4:23:31, with his compatriot Cristofer Clemente taking silver in 4:24:31. French athlete Cedric Fleureton collected bronze in 4:28:03.
Greig was 40th after the opening 9km but worked his way steadily through the field to occupy a top 20 spot by 39km.
The 31-year-old Alford-based runner slipped back in the final 11km, losing six places, but finished as the leading Briton.
He said: “It was tougher than I expected. I was nervous, this being my first Great Britain appearance, so I just wanted to do well and justify my selection. I am over the moon with 26th place.”
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