Strathearn Harriers describes itself as “The club for runners in the Crieff and Comrie area of Perthshire.” And just as the famous slogan for Ronseal, which I am sure nobody needs reminding, it certainly lived up to its claim on Sunday 12th July 2015.
With a great turnout, great organisation, great marshalling, Bag Pipers along the route, a good spread of refreshments and reasonable weather, the Crieff 10k race was a superb success.
The day started with the registration of the runners in the Pavillion on Morrison’s Academy sports pitches. There were over 300 runners entered for the Crieff 10k Race but in the event slightly less than 300 runners assembled at the start line ready for the off at the stroke of 11am.
As the mass of senior runners headed out of the playing fields turning left onto Turretbank Road and then left into Laggan Road, it was the turn of the junior athletes to take their positions at the start ready for the Junior mile race.
The junior race was well attended and it was a delight to see the determination on the faces of these youngsters as they strived to attain their best positions in the race.
Meanwhile the senior athletes were by now struggling their way up the steep Laggon Hill, puffing and panting as they headed along the trail all the way past Baird’s Monument, before turning back on themselves, finding their way onto Lady Mary’s Walk and finally back down Turretbank Road and across the sports field to the welcome sight of the finish line.
Believe me when I say this race was no walk in the park. It was seriously tough no matter what your level of running ability and for me the finish could come no sooner than it actually did. Boy was I glad to cross the finish line.
This years race was won by Robert Gilroy of Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers in a time off 34 minutes and 39 seconds which was just over 2 minutes slower than his winning time of last year and the first woman to finish was Melissa Wylie of Dumbarton Athletic Club
The first local man and woman to finish were Gabrielle Bucciarello and Rachel Gallagher and Wattie Mackay was the first Male veteran over 50 in a Personal Best time for the course. And to cap it all Strathearn Harriers were the first male team home. A result which clearly shows the quality and strength in depth of the teams runners.
There were some great individual performances from the Strathearn Harrier runners with a number achieving personal bests over the course.
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Running is a natural instinct that we all have and with the resultant excellent health benefits and the joy of being outdoors more often, its an activity that should be encouraged. Having such a great running club on our doorstep is a great asset for the Greater Crieff community.
If you don’t run yet but you would like to give it a try, or maybe you are an occasional or regular runner and would like to improve or simply run with company, or if you are a seasoned runner looking to progress and improve your times then why not pop down to Strathearn Harriers. Visit the Strathearn Harriers website for more infomation