Richard and clubmates Ross Hill and Matthew Gillon recently ran 5km legs of a virtual road relay, with fellow Law and District AAC team members Darren Muir, Ross Penny and James Gillon taking on 10km each.
Held over the Easter long weekend, the Scottish Athletics-backed event saw Richard run his 5km stretch between his home village of Cleghorn and the Hyndford Bridge.
Law AAC runners’ 5km results were: Ross Hill 17 mins 58 secs, Matthew Gillon 19 mins 55 secs, Richard Beattie 20 mins 51secs.
And the club’s 10km times were: James Gillon 33 mins 32 secs, Darren Muir 34 mins 44 secs and Ross Penny 37 mins 19 secs.
Writing on his official event blog, Richard posted: “My family support I get when I’m doing these races!
“As I returned to the house from my cool down run, I’m greeted with cheers, a hand made finish banner and my very own 5k champions medal! Support doesn’t get any better.”
As Richard’s 40 40 Challenge continues, he is planning to contest another two virtual races this weekend.
Scottish Athletics have set up a race for participants to run as far as they can in 15 minutes. Richard will be part of a Law and District Seniors effort alongside a club U13 to U17 team.
This event is open to any individuals as well (small £2 fee for non members). It can be run from your home – as long as it’s safe to do so – between midnight this Friday, April 24 until 11.59pm next Monday, April 27. More information or how to enter can be found at www.scottishathletics.org.uk
Also this weekend, Richard is doing a garden marathon.
Going out on Facebook Live on Sunday, April 26 from 9.30am, he will lap his garden 450 times.
More information can be found at www.the4040challenge.com to donate to Richard’s charities and follow the action live.