Runners ready for the 10k

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Scotland’s Rugby Sevens captain Colin Gregor will kick off this year’s Mulberry Bush Montessori Balfron 10k on Sunday.

Colin is a former pupil of Balfron High School, where he will be on Sunday morning to officially start the popular running event in the shadow of the Campsie Hills at 11am.

Over 600 runners from all over central Scotland and further afield will tackle the spectacular route while raising funds for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance and Balfron’s schools.

Although disappointed not to be running in the event due to having to prepare for the next round of the HSBC World Sevens Series in Glasgow on May 9 and 10, Colin will be cheering on the competitors and presenting prizes to the winning athletes.

He said: “I’m delighted to be supporting this great community event which not only raises funds for my old school and worthy charities but also encourages participation in sport for all ages and abilities.’’

The race follows a scenic out and back route and a chip timing device ensures a quick and accurate result for runners. Online entries at www.balfron10k.org.uk will be open until midnight on Friday, April 24 or runners can register on the day.

The event is consistently voted the number one 10k in Scotland by the readers of a national running magazine and has so far raised more than £55,000 since it began nine years ago.

Back then it was called the Co-operative Balfron 10k and has over the years become a favourite on many runners calendars.

The professional organisation appeal to the most serious runners, whilst the friendly atmosphere, traffic-free route and excellent goody bags including commemorative medal and T-shirt makes it a great race for the more casual runner and even first-time 10k-er. This is a Scottish Athletics permit event run under UK Athletics rules. Funds raised will be donated to Balfron Schools and local charities.

In addition to the Balfron 10K there are local school races in the area on the day, including the eagerly contested Balfron 4K. Balfron Primary School and nursery also have a programme of races for the morning.