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Snow Problemo

Published Wednesday, 20th February 2013 in Study at SRUC news

Robbie Simpson

Super fit Robbie battles blizzards in running shoes to sit Degree exams.

A severe North East wintery blast made journeys treacherous, lengthy and miserable for commuters all across Aberdeenshire earlier this month. When you are about to sit your degree exams the last thing you should have to worry about is how to get to College, yet driving blizzards were what everyone woke up to that morning.

Cross country running champion Robbie Simpson, (3rd year Countryside Management) is no stranger to difficult terrain, but his 10 mile morning ‘marathon’ dash from home certainly deserves a medal. Conditions were so treacherous with cars overturned, black ice and crashes galore that Robbie thought it would be foolish to attempt the journey from Cults to Craibstone behind the wheel. Always one for a challenge, Robbie decided to run it, setting off in shorts and in the dark!

“It was harder than I thought” said Robbie, “especially with driving horizontal blizzards whipping my face and drifting snow above my knees” 

Thankfully his intense training and vast experience gave him the willpower to carry on... all the way to his 3rd year degree Ecology Exam.

“My face was on fire for a while and my hands were pretty numb for a good part of the exam” He jokingly added, “ I hope hypothermia didn’t make me write random rubbish”. We are delighted to say that in spite of his nightmare journey to College he has done VERY WELL in his exams.

Before the weather closed in on Scotland, Robbie competed in the Scottish Inter District Championships in Holyrood Park in Edinburgh on the 5th January. He came first, managing a sprint finish and pipping his nearest rival by only one second. As a result Robbie was selected for the team to represent Scotland in the under 23 Celtic Nations in Cardiff, where again, Robbie and his team sailed to victory.

One of Robbie’s running calendar highlights is yet to come. In April Robbie will be running his 10th consecutive year in the prestigious Balmoral Run where 5000 running enthusiasts of all ages compete in beautiful Royal Deeside. This year, thanks to Robbie, SRUC Aberdeen is entering 2 teams of students and staff for the 5k and 10k event.

Over his running career, Robbie has won 3 of the events at Balmoral, but so far the 10k first prize has eluded him. Could 2013 be the year to claim that crown Robbie?? Good Luck and Very Well Done.

Pic caption: Robbie in action.

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