THE Strathearn Harriers are planning an exciting series of races and events for 2018.

Plans are already underway for the Strathearn Marathon, to be run on June 10, under the new leadership of Cathy Tilbrook.

The club is looking forward to welcoming back many of last year's runners with entries already open.

The famous Crieff 10k will be run on July 9 and the Simon Wake Comrie Hills Relay, now firmly established as one of Scotland's best hill races, will take place in September.

But first, January will see club members taking part in cross-country races in Broxburn and at the Devil's Burdens hill relay in Fife with five teams.

This month will also see the annual ceilidh and prize-giving ceremony to celebrate another successful year.

The new winter championship continues with cross-country, trail and road races, with husband and wife team of Neil and Beth Scholes leading the way at the new year break.

Individual members are busy making plans for the year, with an array of ambitious targets ranging from the 40-mile Clydestride ultra-marathon from Glasgow to New Lanark, assorted half-marathons and marathons the length and breadth of Scotland and further afield, including the London and Stirling Marathons.

And there will be numerous hill races like the famous Lairig Ghru race through the Cairngorms, and mountain marathons.

Wattie Mackay and Maddy Watson will be looking to defend their positions as club champions, with the championship race series kicking off at the Gartmorn 6 trail race in March.

The club welcomes runners of all ages and abilities. There are organised club runs on Monday and Friday mornings and a structured session on Wednesday evenings, all complemented by a wide programme of social events throughout the year.

Men’s captain Andy Aitken, with his new Level 2 coaching qualification safely tucked under his belt, has developed an exciting and innovative programme for the first quarter of the year, which will benefit everyone from beginners to advanced racers.