ORGANISERS are hoping for a perfect ten when the Mulberry Bush Montessori Balfron 10k marks a decade of successful races this weekend.
Having grown from a small village event to one of the most popular fixtures on the national running calendar, the race will be celebrating its landmark year on Sunday (24 April).
The race, which starts at Balfron Campus at 11am, follows a scenic out and back route with supporters lining the route to cheer on runners.
Over the past ten years the Mulberry Bush Montessori Balfron 10k has become one of Scotland’s favourite events with around 600-plus runners tackling the challenging course in the shadow of the Campsie Hills.
And the runners’ pain has seen others gain – in the past ten years the event has raised more than £60,000, with the funds being split between Balfron Primary School, Balfron High School and nominated charities. This year the Stirling-based mental health charity Action in Mind will be a beneficiary as amongst its many services, it offers counselling support to pupils at Balfron High School.
Race director Colin Mendham said: “The Mulberry Bush Montessori Balfron 10k has grown beyond our wildest expectations since we started out ten years ago. Back then we had no idea the event would become part of the fabric of the village and draw runners back year after year to run this very special course.”
“We have a few surprises up our sleeves to make our tenth anniversary event a memorable one for all our runners and supporters.”
And Mairi Clark, owner of Mulberry Bush Montessori, main sponsor of the event, added: “Mulberry Bush Montessori is tickled pink and as proud as ever to be the main sponsor of this prestigious event in the running calendar, which attracts entrants from both the local area and as far away as Bournemouth and Barra.”