With nearly 200 runners taking part in the Broadwood 5k this year, it was the largest field since the event started in 2007. Glasgow University's Michael Deason was first to cross the finishing line in a time of 16:39, Lyndsay Morrison won the Women's Race in 19:20.
The run is held to encourage younger and novice runners to get a sense of a race without the pressure of one of the big city races. Many of those who took part had limited or no experience of a road race but they were assisted by a pre-race briefing by race organiser Robert Rogerson offering some tips on the course, reassurance and answers to questions.
Most of the runners were taking part for the fun, with their personal challenge was to complete the 3.1 mile circuit of the loch. For others, like the team of 10 runners from Mlm Insolvency, all running their first event, there was the added incentive of raising sponsorship money for Macmillan Cancer Support, and whilst Craig Mathieson one of the partners in the firm muttered 'never again' as he approached the finish, others in the team clearly enjoyed the whole experience.
Michael Deason from Glasgow University beat his Club mate Daniel Bradford by 6 seconds. Bella Belter winner, Bradford finishing second in 16:45. Ross McLennan came in third in 16:50. Local athlete Adam Peters was the first junior runner in fourth place in 16:56, two seconds ahead of first Veteran Ian Stewart (MV50) of Carnegie in fifth place.
Unattached Lyndsay Morrison was followed by Clydesdale Harrier Pamela McCrossan (FV45) who finished 40 seconds behind her in 20:01 In form Ellen Homewood of Westland's CC took third place in 20:08. Kirkintilloch's own Hannah Terrence being the fist junior woman in 20:34.
The race was closed by 199th placed Valerie Stewart (FV45) in 48:39
Macmillan fundraising manager for Dunbartonshire and Lanarkshire, Elsie Riley, was delighted with the support from the run. "It was fantastic to see so many runners participating and I am grateful for all their support in fund raising" she said after cheering the runners across the finish line. In total, more than £700 will be raised through the race.
Local race organiser Robert Rogerson was also delighted with the event. "I hope that many of the runners take away the enjoyment and achievement of this run and feel encouraged in other races, perhaps even the Cumbernauld 10k at the stadium next month". He also thanked all the marshall and officials from the Kirkintilloch Olympians club and the management of Broadwood Stadium who had helped to make the event so successful.