Murdo said : My first race of the year. This 10km run starts in the small village of Buchlyvie near Stirling (actually about 12 miles away). Having entered online (£12), you are sent your race number about a fortnight before the event. Drove to the start in the drizzling rain but it had stopped by the time we got there. There is a race control at the local hall where those who had entered late or on the day (I think) could collect their numbers. Hot drinks and scones were available but there are also at least a pub and an excellent tearoom for pre (and post) race snacks.
There were about 400 runners and the start was on a small side street before turning right, down a hill and out of the village. About 1.5km later you turned right onto a forest road, possibly an old railway line which was a mixture of gravel, grass and mud. Running on or just to the side of the tracks made by vehicles was the least slippy although it was muddy in parts. The course was an out-and-back crossing a small wooden bridge before running round a bollard at 5km’s and retracing your route back to Buchlyvie. Once back on tarmac at 8.5km, it was a lot easier underfoot but there is a small climb into the village and the final couple of hundred metres are around a football pitch (the muddiest part of the run) to the finish just a short distance from the hall. The race wasn’t chipped but numbers and times were taken as you crossed the line. No bunching and looked very efficient to me. Up to the hall where you collected your goody bag. No medal but a bottle of water, wafer, apple and crisps along with a nice T-Shirt which had the names of the runners printed on the back – excluding the on-the-day entrants I presume unless Buchlyvie has a very efficient printing service!
The weather thankfully held out until after the hour mark by which time most runners were in the hall. Chucked it down thereafter!
I enjoyed the event, blew away some cobwebs, and finished in a time of 50.19 which I’m happy with given the terrain and my level of fitness. I would recommend it as a good early season event; friendly, well marshaled and administrated. Turn up early for a good parking space. There are plenty but early means nearer the start. More details of the race at Buchlyvie 10k Web-page