26 Mar

Tenth Anniversary For Run Garioch 10K

John LenehanThousands of runners braved a chilly drizzle to take on Inverurie’s Run Garioch last Sunday (22 March). Aberdeen FC star Barry Robson, Olympic swimmer Hannah Miley, and Marc Souter and Greg Mitchell from Inverurie Locos FC all took time out of their busy schedules to encourage young runners taking part in the three-event CP&Co. Junior Run.

Club runners Kyle Greig (1.10.37) and Marie Baxter (1.26.03) both put in exceptional performances in the Accord Energy Half Marathon to smash their respective course records by several minutes each. As part of this year’s 10th anniversary celebrations of ‘the Garioch 10K’, both runners were awarded £350, or double the posted prize money, for their record-breaking efforts.
Over in the Dandara 10K, the winner of the 2006 and 2007 events, John Lenehan (33.32), travelled up from London to take the title again – nine years after his first victory. Current women’s record holder Nicola Gauld (36.23) also triumphed in the women’s event for an impressive third time. 
Dozens of runners also took up the challenge of Run Garioch 2015 to raise funds for their own chosen causes – including Kayleigh’s Wee Stars, Clan and Befriend a Child. Carolyn Milne of the Garioch Roadrunners completed all three events in just over 2 hours 57 mins to raise over £500 for the British Heart Foundation. She also managed to pick up age-group awards in the 5k and half marathon along the way. 
After completing the last leg of her 22.4-mile challenge Carolyn said: “The atmosphere was fantastic and I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the main body of the two events I shared with others. I had a lot left in my legs at the top of Dubston at the end of the half marathon so I just decided to go for it. My legs were flying until I got cramp in both calves at Anderson’s. The faster I tried to go the worse it got so I had to slow down a bit.”
For full results, go to the scottishrunningguide.com race listing
Image courtesy of Ben Cairns