Sunday (19 February) saw around 700 runners descend on the Scottish Police College at Tulliallan, Kincardine for the Carnegie Harriers Devilla Forest 15 and 5. With the weather forecast variable, the trails promised to live up to the conditions advertised in the pre-race briefing – “muddy to boggy”.
A man who isn’t afraid of a bit of mud is runABC's Alex Osborne who took part in the race. He said: “This is a must do on the race calendar for any trail runner. The undulating forest tracks, mixed up with winding trails through the trees and by the loch sides make for a stunning course. Add in the mud, deep and shoe-sucking bog in places, and the fast slightly downhill and very well supported finish, made for an excellent race.”
Regular Great Run Local Glasgow Quays runner Michael Healy powered home to take the 5k in an impressive 16.55, with Owain Williams (Edinburgh AC) and Alan Hume (Central AC) completing the podium in 17.29 and 17.38 respectively. First female was the equally impressive Joda Quigly in 20.07, followed by Alison Sutherland (Falkland Trail Runners) in 21.28 and Ailsa Barr (Pitreavie AAC) in 21.51.
The flagship event, the 15k race, was won by Carnethy HRC’s James Waldie in 52.49, comfortably beating Iain Whitaker of Edinburgh AC in second (54.23). Kevin Liddle (54.49) was in third as the first of an impressive team performance from Garscube Harriers with team-mates Stephen Porteous, Finlay Finlay and Daniel Burns all finishing within 60 minutes.
Fiona Thompson (Central AC) was first woman in 1.01.09 followed by Rebecca Burns (Edinburgh AC) in 1.01.54 and Alison McGill (Fife AC) completing the top three with 1.04.06.
Trail enthusiasts and Glasgow Trailrunning Festival organisers (pictured) Ryan Scott (1.13.46) and Jo Cowper (1.14.33) also took part. They commented afterwards: "It was fantastic to see such a large field of runners for the Devilla 15, which was an excellent, well organised trail race. The route had a nice mix of wide forest tracks to tight single track, and there was plenty of mud to go round. The atmosphere on the course was great and the balmy weather capped off a great event. It's brilliant to see trail running really thriving in Scotland.”
For a full list of results visit the runABC Scotland race listings page.