Balfron 10k bigger and better than ever

Balfron 10k start.'Pic by Alan Murray 22-04-12
Balfron 10k start.'Pic by Alan Murray 22-04-12

OVER 600 athletes took part in Balfron’s biggest annual event last Sunday - the Mulberry Bush Balfron 10k.

In only its sixth year the race has already been voted the number one 10k in Scotland by readers of a national running magazine.

BBC Scotland’s Rhona McLeod and John Beattie, who have both completed the race before, ran the scenic route again this year.

Rhona said: “The Balfron 10k is one of the most beautiful courses in the country – it’s fabulous.”

Colin Mendham, Balfron 10k race director, said: “The event was even bigger and better than ever this year.

“It encourages local runners both young and old to take part and enjoy an active healthy lifestyle.

“The whole community has been involved and is very excited to see this happen on their own doorstep.”

The race has raised over £35,000 in the last five years for Balfron Primary and Balfron High schools.

This year saw the introduction of two new prize categories for the fastest male and female runners of the 10k who live within the G63 postcode.

Known as the Ricky Govan Memorial Trophies these are to commemorate the life of much-loved local runner Ricky Govan who tragically died in 2011.

Ricky was a popular member of the local running club, who always brought a smile and a laugh to his training.

The winners of these awards - Stuart McKay, depute headteacher at Balfron High, and 16-year-old Frances Brown, each received a stunning engraved commemorative glass to keep and a prize silver cup that will be engraved with their names and put on display in the trophy cabinet at Balfron Campus reception.

Colin added: “Balfron has a real community spirit across all ages and the Balfron 10k brings out the very best in people.

“We wanted to recognise Ricky’s life and we hope these trophies will be a fitting way to remember him. The area has a huge number of enthusiastic runners of all abilities, and there was some tough competition to win these prestigious new trophies.”

Make sure you get the next edition of your Milngavie and Bearsden Herald, which is in shops on Thursday, for all the winners and pictures.