A huge field - there were over 1,000 entries - lined up at the start of last night's Troon Tortoises 10K. It was the 26th running of the Ayrshire event - one of the most popular and well organised mid-week races in Scotland. In a reversal of last year's conditions there was a headwind in the first kilometre along the seafront, but apart from the wind the conditions were generally good for running.
The early breeze didn't stop local hero David Millar (Irvine AC) getting his customary flying start start and opening up a decent lead on the chasing pack. Kerry Liam Wilson (32:07) from Ronhill Camberslang soon broke away from the rest but couldn't make an impact on winner Millar (31:30); Ross Milne (32:51) was third.
The ladies race was won by Jill Knowles of the Scottish Prison Service in 36:41, Laura Blacklock was second in 37:19 and Joasia Zakrzewski from Dumfires AC was third in 37:28.
Russell Whittington completed his first 10k as a vet and told scottishrunningguide.com: "I ran a PB of 34:32 for a very pleasing 5th place. My fellow Bellahouston Roadrunner, Scott Kennedy, who is also a vet 40 finished in 6th place. This meant that five out of the top six in the race were in the vet 40 category which highlighted the tough task it is to win prizes in this age group.
"The course is flat and fast with a good chance for a personal best. The decent high visibility technical t-shirt for everyone that completes the race finish the proceedings off nicely. Overall this race is well organised and excellent value for money and I hope to run it many more times in the future."
Dave Vincent was the mid-point runner in 51:04 and the field was completed on 1:52:27, congratulations to all finishers. Check out the times of all 925 finishers at the scottishrunningguide.com results page.