Around 450 runners braved icy conditions to take part in the inaugural Glentress Night Trail 10K and Winter Trail Half Marathon last weekend (19–20 November). The event was hosted by High Terrain Events and follows on from the success of the inaugural Glentress Trail Races in February.
Luke Park was first home in 42:37, followed by Kieron Ross in 42:40 and Adam Park in 42:52. The first female across the finish line was Claire Ward in 49:29, finishing comfortably ahead of Kathleen Henderson (54:33) and Katie Walling (54:50).
Kristan Alexander, who took part in the 10K, said afterwards: “Definitely a 'fun' event and a new experience. Trail running at night! The course had a few choice up hill sections, however they weren't that difficult and the run back down was the highlight as you could get going if you were brave enough. Overall a positive experience and I'll go again as it's definitely a new perspective to get into.”
Janine Dickie of Bellahouston Harriers was also running in the 10K. She said: “It was a good wee event. Super tough but good! Very well organised. I had to walk twice. I'm not much of a hill runner mind you!”
The half marathon saw Dessie Flanagan finish fastest male (1:30:39) with Iain Manson in second (1:32:36) and Mark Webster third (1:34:32). Fastest female was Catriona Buchanan in 1:44:09, with Megan Wright (1:46:19) and Mary McCutcheon (1:47:52) completing the podium.
Some runners took on the challenge of completing both races. Organisers awarded points for those who did so, with Scott Affleck claiming the men’s title (27 points) and Katie Walling taking the women’s title with 16 points.
Results are available on our race listings page.
Image courtesy Stephen Wilson