Balfron 10k reaches £50,000 milestone

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Organisers of the popular 10k run in Balfron are celebrating this week after the total amount they have raised reached £50,000 this year.

Almost 700 runners entered Balfron’s annual 10k in April and raised over £7,500.

This brings the total amount in seven years to an amazing £50,000. The funds raised this year will be split between Balfron Primary School, Balfron High School and the charity CHAS.

Already voted the number one 10k in Scotland by readers of Runners World, the Mulberry Bush Montessori Balfron 10k race has captured the imagination of the local community and runners of all abilities from all over the UK take part every year.

Colin Mendham, Balfron 10k race director, said: “This year the 10k was even bigger and better than ever, encouraging local runners both young and old to take part and enjoy an active healthy lifestyle. The whole community has been involved and has been very excited to see this event on their own doorstep. Our sincere thanks go out to our very generous main sponsor Mairi Clark of the Mulberry Bush Montessori, local business sponsors, the runners, spectators and the army of volunteers who give up their time to ensure that Balfron hosts a very prestigious and successful event each year”

Neil McQuarrie, principal teacher of PE at Balfron High said: “This is a fantastic sum of money that the Balfron 10k is donating to both schools is very much appreciated. I am always amazed, not only at the amount of money raised but the feeling of community that the Balfron 10k event creates. It is an important fundraiser for us and such commitment from Balfron and the business community is wonderful.”

Here are some of the results: 1st male - Stuart Macdougall 36 mins 18 secs, 2nd Attila Emmer 36 mins 31 secs, 3rd Alex Milne 37 mins 14 secs.

1st female Gillian Carr 40 mins 50 secs, 2nd Fiona Dalgleish 40 mins 55 secs, 3rd Rachel Fagan 40 mins 58 secs.

1st junior male Christopher Ryan 37 mins 51 secs, 1st junior female Maddy Watson 46 mins 32 secs.

The course is officially measured and uses chip-timing. In addition to the Balfron 10k there are local school races in the area on the day, including the eagerly contested Balfron 4k, a road race open to Balfron High School pupils.