Just three days after entries opened, nearly half the places in this summer’s Crieff 10K have been sold.
The event, to be held on Sunday, 7 July, runs along a scenic, multi-terrain route featuring 220m of total ascent.
Starting from Morrison’s Academy sports ground (Dallerie), the course goes out over Laggan Hill and past the Baird Monument. It returns along the banks of the River Earn via Lady Mary's Walk.
Last year the organisers, Strathearn Harriers, invited all runners and spectators to help feed local people in crisis by bringing along an item to donate to the Crieff Foodbank on race day. The initiative was a success, and resulted in the delivery of a ‘huge car bootful’ to the charity following the event.
Organisers are hoping runners and spectators will be equally generous at this year’s race, and have again called for donations. Dried or tinned goods, meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, custard, sweets, biscuits, pet food or sanitary goods can be left at the designated collection point. In addition to the food collected on the day, organisers will be donating 10pc of race proceeds to charity.
Prizes will be awarded in male, female, vet and local categories. There will also be an extra prize for breaking the male or female course records, which stand at 32.45 (Robert Gilroy 2014) and 36.58 (Toni McIntosh 2004) respectively.
Entries to the Crieff 10K have been capped at 300. Online entry will close in the week before the race, or earlier if the race limit is reached. There will be no entry on the day.
Last year’s event was won by Sol Sweeney of Strathearn Harriers (34.49) with Louise Tyler (Dunblane Road Runners, 42.09) first lady.
In addition to the main race at 11am, there will also be a Junior 1 Mile Race for 9 to 15 year olds, starting at 11.10. Entry costs just £2 on the day, with prizes for boys and girls in Under 11, Under 13 and Under 15 categories. Runners 16 and over must run the 10k.
Image: Crieff 10K