Bright, but chilly weather, welcomed big fields for both the 10k and 17.46k races at yesterday's Culloden Run. Inverness-shire's moors and hills offered a stiff test at both distances but runners were prepared with a warm-up led by Bannatyne Health Club and a great atmosphere throughout.
Event regular Steven Smith wasn't disappointed by the 2018 renewal organised by Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland. He said post-race: "My 5th time doing the 17.46k and it just gets better every year. Great route, atmosphere and special thanks to all the volunteers who gave up their time to make sure this event can take place. I will be back."
First-timer Paula Garrow was happy too: "Fantastic event! My first time running the Culloden 10K! More challenging course than anticipated but very scenic! The weather was perfect too."
At the business end of the races, Donnie Macdonald (32:49) retained his 10k title ahead of Paul Miller (36:19) and James Geddes (36:46). Alison Wilson (44:19) was first lady home closely followed by Wendy Rose (44:54).
Ishbel Maclean (58:50) clocked the mid-point time and the field closed on 1:24:45.
In the more daunting 17.46K, named and staged to echo the famous 18th century battle, Jason Kelly built on his third place in the 10k last year to break the tape on 1:03:55. Shaun Cumming (1:05:24) and last year's winner Gordon Lennox (1:09:07) were second and third.
Maria Boland (1:15:29), Fiona Marr (1:16:18) and Maria de la Torre (1:17:05) claimed the podium places in the women's race. The final runners came home in 2:29:24 (midpoint time 1:31:20)
Energetic race organiser Paul Corrigan MBE said after the races: "Many congratulations to everyone who took part in the Culloden Run 2018 event on such a beautiful autumnal morning. Our sincere thanks go to each and every runner, event volunteer, event supporter, suppliers and sponsors and our friends at the National Trust for Scotland who together produced a fantastic day for everyone."
Full results are available via the runABC Scotland race listing.