18 Jan

A 'gentle run' sponsored by the 'gentle dram'?

Entries have just opened for the 2019 Touler 10K a multi-terrain running event sponsored by the Tomintoul Distillery. This year’s edition of the race, to be held on 16 June, will be its fifth.

Starting and finishing in Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands, the Touler 10K takes runners across the River Avon (several times) and down the famously beautiful Glen Avon (pronounced A’an), giving them stunning views across to the Cairngorm mountains.

Organisers say that underfoot, the undulating route, which runs mainly through the Glen Avon Estate, is one-third hard trail and two-thirds tarmac, meaning ‘good, well supported road shoes’ will suffice. 
Although runners should expect some ‘slight inclines and declines’, the event is a more than achievable challenge. In good conditions, organisers add, a ‘top club runner would win it in 32/33 minutes’.  
The race will be well supported, with a water station at the half-way point at Delavorar.  A second water station will be put on if the weather calls for it.  
Race organisers are offering anyone who beats the current records, set by Gordon Lennox (34.31) and Victoria Needham (39.46) an extra prize. They are also keen for more runners from the local area to take part, with prizes to be awarded to the first local male and female.
The 2018 edition of the race was won by Barry McDonald in a time of 40.05. First lady was Sarah Ward (45.37). Winners of the prizes for oldest competitors were Sue Taylor and Ben Preece.
Entries can be made via the event’s website. Online entries close on 14 June, with entries accepted on the day from 12 noon. 
Changing, toilets and race administration will be based in the Richmond Hall, as will presentations and refreshments. 
Image: Touler 10K (Facebook