A HILLS relay around Comrie took place at the weekend, raising money for pancreatic cancer charities.

Strathearn Harriers once again organised the Simon Wake Comrie Hills Relay in memory of a keen local runner who died to the disease 10 years ago.

It was a demanding route from Comrie up Glen Lednock via the twists and turns of Crappich Hill and Ben Chonzie before the finish at Laggan Park via the Lord Melville Monument and Deli’s Cauldron.

Covering 43k with 2,110m of ascent, it is a major event in the hill running calendar.

The weather was not kind either with strong winds, rain and poor visibility making navigation a challenge.

Despite the difficult conditions, a very strong team from Hunters Bog Trotters (HBT) from Edinburgh set a new women’s record with the first time under four hours

The race was full of twists and turns, spiced up by poor visibility, but HBT’s men and women’s teams both won with times of 3.28.24 and 3.56.55 respectively.

Carnethy claimed the Men V40 title with 4.14.09 while Kinross Road Runners took the Women V40 trophy in 4.37.19.

The Mixed category was won by Slow and Steady Wins the Teddy with a time of 4.08.05.

Visit strathearnharriers.org.uk for the full results.

Kerry Sweeney, race organiser, thanked everyone who helped out on the day and in the leadup.

She said: “Without those who run it, marshal it, mark it out, break it down, cater and order food for it, strim the bracken, transport the essentials from the lock up, time it, compile the results, provide the PA, bake for it, man the parking for it, cheer the runners on and the landowners who allow us to use their land the race would just not happen.”

Thanks also go to local landowners, residents and to the Famous Grouse for prizes.

This was Kerry’s last stint as an organiser, she is already looking forward to running the race next year.