True to its description, the brisk chill awaiting runners for Sunday (April 15) morning's Glenlivet 10k transformed into bright and cool conditions for the event known as 'the most beautiful run in Scotland'.
Even with the wintery weather forcing many not to travel because of poor road conditions, 433 competitors set off from the Glenlivet distillery to the sound of bagpipes. Set in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, the Glenlivet 10k follows a scenic route, passing through quiet country roads which meander around the sublime River Livet.
The cooler conditions were clearly conducive for fast times, with the first three men home all beating the previous course record. With only four seconds separating the top trio, Robert Brookes was first home in 34:51, Forres Harriers' Gordon Lennox came in second with 34:57, whilst Simon Peachey finished one second later.
Records were also set in the female field, with last year's winner Jennifer Emsley improving her previous time by over a minute. Emsley, of Central AC, triumphed in 38:04, with Carolyn Mcleod second in 40:56, and Norma Beaton coming in third place. The mid-placed runner was Brian Young in 55:51, whilst the last finisher came in at 1:34:27.
Event organiser Paul Corrigan told scottishrunningguide.com: "It speaks volumes about the event that it attracts some of Scotland's top runners to take part and join the many runners and joggers of all standards. It was great to welcome runners from Orkney, Arran, Bute, Skye, all over England, Holland and especially the runner who popped across from Canada to participate - everyone welcome!"
To date, the race is estimated to have raised over £14,000 for Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland. As well as raising vital funds, the event raises awareness of the charity and aims to encourage healthy physical exercise.