To mark the dawning of spring and the beginning of one of the busiest chapters in the running calendar, we sent our Racespy to one of Scotland's oldest road races to tackle the Nigel Barge 10k.
Almost 200 competitors lined up for one of Scotland's oldest road races taking advantage of near-perfect conditions for Saturday's (March 24) Nigel Barge 10K. The under construction speed bumps at the beginning and end of the two lap course didn't seem to hinder the leading pack, with strong finishing times from the top three runners.
Beginning at Garscube sports complex, the 10k route leads through the campus grounds before moving to Bearsden Road, Maryhill Road and then loops back into the complex. With fairly steep hills around the 4 and 8k marks, the course is relatively challenging, even if ground can be made up during several declines, most notably as the track moves into Dawsholm park.
For this runner, the 8k incline was particularly menacing, with the humid weather and hopes of setting a sub 40 taking its toll. Encouraging noises from marshals and spectators alike, however, were kindly received and a welcome boost during the challenging incline.
Shettleston Harriers pair Thomas Fay and Lachlan Oates contested the top two positions, with Fay (31:55) crossing the line 30 seconds ahead of his club mate (32:55). Robert Gilroy of Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers finished in the top three for the third consecutive year with a time of 33:21. In the women's field, Julia Henderson of Helensburgh AAC secured a convincing victory in 37:55, with Ruth Joss finishing in second place in 39:10.
From a competitor's perspective, the race illustrated all of the attributes a well-organised event should; swift registration, well-positioned, encouraging marshals, and accurate (according to my Garmin) markers. The boxes of ripe bananas and oranges at the end were a nice touch, with the festivities nicely rounded off with a commemorative medal and a marginal, if not hard-fought, sub 40 for this racespy.
Visit scottishrunningguide.com for a full breakdown of the Nigel Barge 10k results.