Gillian Grant, Neil Page and Murdo Macleod took part in the Alloa half and all agreed it was a well organised and very enjoyable event. If you haven’t done it before, well worth considering for the future.
Gillian said “What a nice surprise to come round the corner and get a cheer as we headed up for the finish line. Many thanks for the support.
Think it’s my turn to report from the back. Took me about 2.25. I really enjoyed it. Was running with company for a change, my sister Adrienne Murray, my training buddie for this year’s Edinburgh Marathon. Don’t know about you but we didn’t really get into it until after that first loop round the houses, cause we knew we’d be back that way in 20 mins. But once we headed out of town it’s a great course, wee bit of every thing, all the different villages to trot through, (avoiding dogs and church goers at times) and I was most impressed with the support. Loads more people out and about than in previous years. Quality medal but I’m not sure about the T shirt, felt a bit like an advertising hoarding when I tried it on. But between the medal, the quality tin of biscuits (£7 in Jenners) and the Mars Bar I think we almost made a profit from this one.”
Murdo said “I would agree with Gillian, an excellent race. There is transport laid on from the car-park to the local academy (start & finish) where you picked up your number and chip. I think they may also have been taking entries on the day. Access was available to the school sports facilities allowing changing and left-luggage, also showers on your return. They even had the WRVS out making tea!. The route involves a short loop of about a couple of miles then out via a number of villages (Sauchie, Fishcross, Tillicoultry, Alva, Menstrie) and open countryside back to Alloa. Very gentle uphill for the first half, then a long exposed stretch which passed remarkably easily (must be a nightmare in foul weather). There is a noticeable climb at 11.5 – 12 miles but you’re in the home section so it’s bearable. Pipe band at the start and support throughout including lots of traffic marshals (Police, Traffic Wardens and Volunteers) and enthusiastic kids which was particularly heartening. Chocolate shortbread was awesome and a Brucey-Bonus in the goody bag”