The sun shone as brightly as the runners at Run Garioch last Sunday (26 March), as fantastic weather made for a record turnout at Inverurie’s biggest annual sporting event. Race director Eric Simpson said: “With nearly 3000 runners turning out on the day, Run Garioch 2017 was the best yet.”
He added: “I was delighted to see so many supporters come out to cheer on their families and friends and enjoy a day in the sun, too.”
Local runners were full of praise for the event, if not their own performances. Ian Sinclair, owner of race timing and results sponsors Sinclairs Jewellers, took part in the Dandara 10K Local Business Challenge with members of his family and shop staff.
He said: “The heat was a handicap but we all finished, although some of us were unhappy with our times – well, me, actually! But we all felt that Run Garioch was beautifully organised and a credit to all the people involved, not forgetting the marshals and the other volunteers. The day was a credit to you all.
“Team Sinclairs raised £762 for Inverurie Stroke Club, so it was a great success for us too.”
Run Garioch 2017 was also a great day for local runners, with the two Inverurie-based clubs well represented on the podium. Garioch Roadrunners took first place in all three women’s events, with Tammy Wilson (17:51 in the 5K), Carolyn Milne (40:26 in the 10k) and Marie Baxter (1:28:15 in the half marathon) all finishing well in front in their respective fields.
Tom Roche (Garioch Gazelles) took top honours in the men’s 10k in 34:42, followed by Paul Hadden (34:54) and Aberdeen AAC’s David Marshall (35:23). Garioch Roadrunners’ Emma Murray was second in the women’s 10k in 40:53 with clubmate David Barclay second (1:20:16) in the half marathon.
For a full list of results, visit our race listings page.