HUNDREDS of runners from across Scotland will converge on Kirkintilloch this weekend for the annual 12.5k race.
Held on quiet country roads, starting from St Agatha’s Primary School, this year the race has attracted unprecedented interest.
Indeed, entries to the race closed more than a fortnight before race day.
Race organiser Robert Rogerson from Kirkintilloch Olympians admitted he was surprised by the interest.
He said: “This year we increased the race size, but such has been the number of participants, that even so we have reached the race limit of 250.”
Attracted by the friendly race atmosphere and the good value for money, some of the top quality athletes in the country will be competing alongside jogScotland and local club runners.
The race is readily acknowledged as one of the more challenging road races in the Scottish calendar.
This has been one of the main reasons why runners return each year, with some participating in each of the previous six years.
Local residents are being encouraged to go along on Sunday and support the runners.
There will be hot drinks available at the start/finish area outside Gartconner Primary School and advice is being offered during the race to local people from sports physiotherapists at LifeFit.
This is the first of a series of road races throughout the year being organised by Kirkintilloch Olympians.
Robert said: “Each of the races we organise aims to appeal to different local people.
“Whether you run for fun, as part of a group or in a club, you are welcome to join in and gain some knowledge about how to get the most from running.”
Results and a race report will appear in next week’s Herald.
The 12.5k takes place this Sunday – February 12 – starting at 10.30am.
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