The recent cold snap resulted in a very low-key weekend for Scottish runners. The popular Nigel Barge Memorial 10K and Running Sisters 5K Fun Run were called off and there were unusually low attendances at all eight parkrun events this weekend. It wasn't all bad news, however, with runners braving the elements at the Wee Triathlon, Run Garioch Running Festival, and Run it with a Bunnet.
Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee parkruns experienced record turnouts earlier this year but each saw their figures dip this weekend. There 230 runners at Edinburgh (down from 424 two weeks ago), 107 at Glasgow (down from 324 last week) and 49 at Dundee (down from 94 last week). Eglinton parkrun, which was held for the first time on 17 March, also saw significantly fewer participants this weekend with organisers being forced to divert the route due to ice.
Further north, the Wee Triathlon in Lochaber saw around 60 competitors take part on Saturday (23 March) with Graeme Bamber winning the men's race in 59:09 and Jaqui Higginbottom the women's race in 1:06:23. Sunday's Run Garioch, featuring a 10K, 5k and half marathon, also avoided succumbing to the cold weather although alterations were made to the half marathon route. The 5K race saw Kyle Greig of Forres Harriers cross the line first with Lucy McLeod of Aberdeen Amateur AC fastest female. Ben Hukins of Ron Hill Cambuslang Harriers won the 10K men's event, and Nicola Gauld was winner of the women's race. Barry Ingram (Metro Aberdeen) claimed first place in the men's half marathon with local runner Tammy Wilson of Garioch Roadrunners first lady home.
If there was one race guaranteed to have runners dressed for the cold it was Run It With A Bunnet on Sunday, which required every participant to wear a hat. Ironically, conditions were fairly mild with one runner, Yvonne Henderson, commenting: "Great organisation, friendly people, good weather and great run!"