The Scottish race calendar added a 'wee gem' on Saturday (16 September) with the inaugural staging of the Run Mhor Hidden Glen 10K near Balquidder in Perthshire. 500 entries ensured the success of the race and runners enjoyed a stunning route and a superbly organised event.
The remote location, the testing course and brilliant hill and lochside vistas combined with amazing food options, both before and after the race, to provide a great addition to the Run Mhor portfolio.
Portobello Running Club's Johnny Lawson broke the tape on 37:26 - four seconds ahead of David Robertson (Leicester Coritanian AC) - to set a mark for the course while the experienced Emma Birnie (45:29) was fastest lady. Emma (pictured) would have been pleased to collect her prize but disappointed not to collar husband Andy (44:37) who had to work hard in the second half of the race to retain domestic bragging rights.
The mid-point runner came in at 1:01:15 and the field closed on 1:51:09.Race day conditions were good - overcast, but dry, and cool - and runners had the bonus of an inspiring piper at the top point of the course where the field turned to head back to the finish.
The race village in the grounds of top Perthshire hotel Monachyle Mhor, overlooking Loch Doine, proved a huge success and runners were able to refuel in the barn which housed an assortment of food outlets - fish and chips, BBQ and the cake stall all proving popular.
Sharon Welch (jogscotland Kinross) enjoyed the Hidden Glen 10K and reported on Facebook: "Fabulous day, so well organised big thumbs up to organisers and the volunteers everyone so friendly and helpful...food was delish and the lager (free to race finishers) was a real treat....definitely be back."
Full results are available on the runABC Scotland race listing page. Details of all Run Mhor races at their website.