THE countdown to this year’s Balfron 10k race is on – and this year an alteration to the traditional route will offer a new challenge for runners.
With just over a month to go before the event – which tales pace on Sunday 23 April – race organisers are urging people to put their new year fitness resolutions to the test and sign up for the popular event, which regularly attracts more than 700 entrants.
During its 10-year history the fundraising event – supported by Mulberry Bush Montessori – has gained a reputation among runners as a tough, yet rewarding test thanks to its undulating route along scenic country roads overlooked by the Campsie Hills.
This year however, the route will take in more of the village itself, with a new 1.75km-long section which includes Balfron’s main street. Organisers hope the change of route will provide a fresh challenge and more of a spectacle for entrants and villagers alike.
Race director Nigel Johnson said: “Hundreds of runners sprinting down Balfron’s main street will be a thrilling sight and we hope to see lots more local spectators as a result.
“For the past decade, the 10k has been the biggest participation event in Balfron’s calendar, but the original course meant it wasn’t all that visible from the village itself. We hope to change that by bringing the event through the heart of one of Scotland’s most scenic villages.
“We also look forward to welcoming the first runner home, who will set our new course record.”
Appealing to both the serious runner as well as the weekend runner and first-time 10k-er, the event’s popularity has seen it consistently appear in the top rank of Runner’s World magazine’s league table.
Since the first event in 2007, the race has raised more than £55,000 for the local schools and various charities.
The race starts at Balfron Campus at 11am and features an officially measured course, chip-timing, winners’ prizes plus goody bags including commemorative medal and T-shirt.
• Entries for the 2017 event are now open, visit www.balfron10k.org.uk for more info.