231 competitors braved mini blizzards on Sunday (10 March) at the one-off Loch Katrine Running Festival. The festival included a marathon, half marathon and a 10k, helping organiser Audrey McIntosh towards her goal of raising £20,000 for Scotland with £3,165 raised on the day.
Audrey told scottishrunningguide.com: "The weather at the running festival was almost as challenging as the route and I think we had all four seasons in one day.
The marathon was an out and back route, starting and finishing at the Trossachs Pier, and running along the scenic lochside road. Richie Cunningham of Carnegie Harriers was first home in the race in 2:57:55 with Wee County Harrier Joanna Rae fastest female (3:38:06). The half marathon saw Shettleston Harrier Brian McGarrity finish as fastest male in 01:18:20, with Yvonne Boyle first lady to cross the finishing line (1:41:55). The 10K was the most popular event with Attila Emmer, Central AC taking first place at 10K (37:45) and Anne Peat of Ferranti AAC 44:30, fastest in the women's race.
Now Audrey will focus on preparing to take on the Antarctic Ice Marathon & 100km in November: "The Antarctic challenge is progressing well and I now have a kit sponsor. I will be the first Scottish and only the second British woman to complete the double event."