Under starter’s orders for the Balfron 10k

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More than 700 runners from across the UK are expected to take part in the Balfron 10k race which is planned for Sunday, April 26.

Now in its ninth year, the race has raised over £56,000 for charites. Last year alone £7,500 was raised for Balfron High, Balfron Primary and Cancer Research UK.

The Mulberry Bush Montessori 10k is a highlight in many athlete’s running calendar and the route has been listed by a national running magazine as one of the top 50 10k runs worldwide.

Organisers are now looking to build on the success of last year’s event which saw more than 600 runners tackle the spectacular road course in the shadow of the Campsie Hills.

Race director Colin Mendham said: “We’re appealing to runners of all abilities to put the excesses of the festive season behind them and sign up.

“There is nothing like having a race date in your diary to get you motivated and the Balfron 10k offers a rewarding challenge for everyone – from serious club runners to weekend joggers. It’s a great festival of running in the most beautiful of surroundings.”

Mairi Clark, of main sponsors Mulberry Bush Montessori, said: “I am once again thrilled to be the main sponsor of the Balfron 10k. We’re looking for people to carry on the spirit of last summer’s Commonwealth Games, get involved, get fit and take part in fantastic events like the Balfron 10k.”

First held in 2007 as the Co-operative Balfron 10k, the event has proved extremely popular with runners of all abilities.

The officially measured course is chip-timed and there are prizes for the winners.

It appeals to serious runners because of the professional organisation, whilst the friendly atmosphere, traffic-free route and excellent goody bags, including a commemorative medal and T-shirt make it a great race for the more casual runner and even first-time 10k-ers. It is a Scottish Athletics permit event run under UK Athletics rules, which starts at Balfron Campus and follows a scenic out and back route.

A state-of-the-art chip timing device is used which ensures all runners get a quick and accurate result.

Runners can now register for the race online at the website www.balfron10k.org.uk