Sunday, July 10, 2016
The Strathearn Harriers annual 10km trail race took place on Sunday July 10 on a day that threatened rain but thankfully failed to deliver until the very end. Conditions underfoot were difficult after heavy overnight rain, putting paid to any possible record-breaking times. This year the runners also had to contend with the extra challenge of the building work at Dallerie, giving conditions more akin to a mid-winter cross-country course than a summer trail race. Despite the adverse conditions, a good turn-out of 230 runners enjoyed the race, which heads west from the Morrison’s playing fields at Dallerie, over Laggan Hill to Trowan farm and back to Dallerie via Lady Mary’s Walk, making this one of the most scenic 10k races in Scotland.
The race is growing every year and attracted a sell-out number of entries this year. Defending champion Robert Gilroy was unable to run this year, and the race was won by Calum Martin in 37.40. Second was Stephen Porteous, of Garscube Harriers in 37.58, and third was Will Manners of Strathearn Harriers, in 38.14.
In the women’s race, Scottish Olympian Freya Ross of Edinburgh AC won in a time of 39.44. Julia Henderson (Helensburgh AAC) was second in 44.50, with Louise Tyler (Dunblane Runners) third in 45.33.
1st local man was Charlie Grimson of Strathearn Harriers in 14th position overall in 41.15. and 1st local lady was Janine Grant, also of Strathearn Harriers in a time of 56.24.
Sonja McFadden was first of the Harriers women home in 49.30, 10th in the women’s race. Next Harrier in was Gordon Morrison (50.42), followed by Susan Sharp (63.19) and Rosemary Payne (64.35)
Once again, club members pulled out all the stops to support the race. Hats off to Nicola Watson for the flawless organisation of race marshals and all the volunteers. As always, runners were particularly appreciative of the post-race spread of sandwiches and cakes! Thanks also go to Morrison’s Academy, without whom the race could not happen, to Highland Spring for the water, the pipers of Comrie Pipe Band, strategically positioned around the course, and Run4It, Scotland’s leading chain of specialist running shops.
Full results are here.