This weekend's big race action is on Sunday with the prestigious Round the Houses 10K in Grangemouth, the multi-distance Kilomathon in Edinburgh and the popular Glenlivet 10K in the Cairngorms National Park.
The Round the Houses Jim Dingwall Memorial 10K doubles as the East District Championship event (and the Scottish Students 10K Championship) so can expect a high quality field. Last year's winners were Wayney Ghebresilassie (Shettleston Harriers) in 30:55 and Fiona Brian (Metro Aberdeen) in 35:45. A 600 plus field have been promised a fast flat course and around 100 volunteers will make sure that the race goes smoothly.
The three distances at Kilomathon - 13.1K (good for 10k runners to step up en route to half marathon), 6.55K (a nice test for parkrun regulars) and a 2.62 junior race - will attract 1,300 plus. One entrant - Lee McLeish - has already planned her racing outfit and will be following in the footsteps of celebrity Nell McAndrew with bare arms and gloves. The upbeat Lee says: "Prob look a bit weird with bare arms, gloves and red face but the hands will be warm and I’ll be running too fast to care!"
Kilomathon action takes place on Edinburgh's cycle path network and the route takes in the Royal Yacht Britannia and picturesque Victoria Park before the finish in front of the West Stand at Murrayfield. David Limmer (44:58) and Dianne Lauder (48:25) finished first and second overall in 2017.
Meanwhile in the north of Scotland Paul Corrigan will be organising an enthusiastic contingent of volunteers for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland's award winning 10K at Glenlivet. This event boasts an incomparable race base at the famous Glenlivet Distillery where the sumptuous ‘Malt Barn’ is provided for registration, refreshments and luxurious comfort breaks! Gordon Lennox (35:18) brought home a field of 500 in 2017 with Anne Hartmann the fastest lady in 40:21.
The circular race route is set on quiet roads surrounding the River Livet and hundreds of returning runners will have a wry smile about the infamous ‘steady incline’ which greets runners at 2K! There is however an incredible view and a team at the top to cheer you on - ‘it’s all downhill from here’.
There's also a busy programme of international events with big marathons in Paris, Rome and Milan and half marathons in Berlin and Prague.
Manchester sees the UK's first major marathon of 2018 where popular Scottish blogger Mark Gallagher will be running. Mark has been admitting to 'maranioa' as pre-race nerves build ahead of his big day.
Good luck to Mark, to Finola Ashe who is running blindfold tomorrow at Pollok parkrun for Japes and to all Scottish racers home and away this weekend.