Fun-tastic boost for worthy cause

Provost Una Walker starts the 10k.
Provost Una Walker starts the 10k.

More than 150 runners pulled on their trainers for Deafblind Scotland’s annual Canal Runs and helped to raise a fantastic £1500.

Runners from the local area and across Scotland took part in the 5k and 10k events, which started and finished in Bishopbriggs.

The route had to be changed this year to a slightly less scenic one due to conditions underfoot, but runners had the privilege of being followed by a heron!

Race organiser Drena O’Malley said: “Deafblind Scotland will receive £1500 from the Canal Runs, which is much appreciated.

“This can only happen with the help of Springburn Harriers and Kirkintilloch Olympians who, year after year, turn up to set the course, marshall, register runners, time the event, and produce the results list.

“It’s a great community event enjoyed by good runners, joggers and children.”

The winners of the 10k were: Christopher Graham (Tyne Bridge Harriers), 1st senior male in 36.21; Scott Hill (Cambuslang), 1st male vet in 37.15; Louise Couper, 1st senior female in 42.05, and Joanne McEvoy (Calderglen Harriers) in 43.09.

Gillian Johnstone (Kilmarnock Harriers) was first under-20 female in 49.53.

The winners of the 5k were: Donald McPartin (Garscube Harriers), 1st senior male in 17.11; Perri McCluskey (Kirkintilloch Olympians), 1st female under-15 in 21.09; Alicia Paton (Kirkintilloch Olympians), 1st female under-20 in 21.32; Nicola May, 1st female vet in 21.46; David Lock, 1st male vet in 24.04; Luke Aitken, VPCoG, 1st male under-15 in 24.42; Corina Davies, 1st senior female in 25.59, and Ryan Devlin (Kilmarnock Harriers), 1st male under- 20 in 26.33.