Over 30 Harriers and friends and assorted dogs turned out to blow away the cobwebs with the annual New Year’s Day run in Comrie. After assembling outside the Royal Hotel, the hardy Harriers made their way up to the Melville Monument for refreshments of an appropriate nature before heading home for well-deserved bacon rolls and hot coffee!

2016 promises to be another big year for the Harriers with members planning an exciting series of races and events. Plans are already underway for the Strathearn Marathon, to be run on June 12. The marathon is growing in popularity every year and the club is looking forward to welcoming back many of last year’s runners in what has been described “one of the best courses in the UK” and which awards the best medals of any British marathon. Entries for the marathon are already open and can be made online via the club website. The famous Crieff 10k will be run on July 10, and the club’s other race, the Simon Wake Comrie Hills Relay, now firmly established as one of Scotland’s best hill relay races, will be run in September.

January will see club members taking part in cross-country races in Broxburn and Forres, and at the Devil’s Burdens hill relay in Fife, with four teams taking on the challenge over the Lomond hills, while at the end of the month, the club will celebrate another successful year at the annual ceilidh and prize-giving.

Individual members are busy making plans for the year, with an array of ambitious targets ranging from the Highland Fling 53-mile ultra-marathon from Milngavie to Tyndrum, assorted half-marathons and marathons in Scotland and further afield, including the London Marathon in April, various hill races and mountain marathons, and a scattering of duathlons and triathlons. Wattie Mackay and Cathy Tilbrook will be looking to defend their positions as club champions, with the championship race series kicking off in March.

The club welcomes runners of all ages and abilities, with organised club runs on Monday mornings, Wednesday evenings, Friday mornings and Sunday mornings, and a wide programme of social events throughout the year. The Juniors section goes from strength to strength, with increasing numbers of young runners turning out for Sunday morning training sessions and races. If you would like to find out more, visit the club website strathearnharriers.org.uk or come along to one of the club runs.