Strathearn Harriers annual 10k trail race took place on Sunday July 13 on a beautiful sunny day, with perfect conditions underfoot for the race, run as usual 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 attracted a record number of runners with race entries over 300 for the first time. Race winner was Robert Gilroy of Ron Hill Cambuslang in a new course record of 32.45, taking 45 seconds off his own record, which he set back in 2008. Robert is a regular at the Crieff 10k, and it’s great to see him performing at such a consistently high level.

Derek Rae of Anster Haddies was second in a fine 35.41, while Andrew Wright of Ochil HR repeated his third position of last year in 36.42. First woman was Collette Ashworth 43.53. Collette was comfortable in first place, but there was a close race for second woman, eventually won by Julie Menzies of BMF Dunfermline, in 45.42, just ten seconds ahead of Louise Tyler in 45.46.

First local man and first Strathearn Harrier was Will Manners, celebrating his birthday with a personal best time for the course of 37.59. Wattie Mackay and Roger Goddard were next locals, in 8th and 12th positions. First local woman was Gillian Mardon.

The winning men’s team was Central AC, with three runners in the top 10, just a couple of points ahead of the Strathearn Harriers team.

Prizes were presented by Craig Copland of The Handy Shop who provided support for the race. Strathearn Harriers are grateful for the support given by Craig, and are also grateful to the small army of volunteers and marshals, without whom the races could not happen. Runners and supporters were treated to a splendid post-race spread of sandwiches and cakes prepared by club members.

While the main race was underway, the Junior 1 mile race was run. Overall boys winner was Lewis Forsyth (Strathearn Harriers) in a great time of 5.27. First girl was Valencia Wright, who was also first under-11 girl. Blair Scott was 1st under-11 boy, with Levi Sweeney 1st under-13 boy. Peigi Urquhart was 1st under-13 girl.

If you’re interested in running, Strathearn Harriers would be happy to see you on one of their regular club runs. The club is open to all abilities and the Junior section is open to all children over the age of 9. See the club website at strathearnharriers.org.uk to find out more.