Good autumn weather, excellent organisation and an interesting flat fast course saw 839 runners finish the eighth running of this popular event. Well done to George Maxwell who completed the course in 50 minutes and thanks to Central AC for a good day out. Details of the race can be found at www.centralathletics.co.uk
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George said: “This was my first outing in an ERN vest, maybe that inspired me to a 10K PB? Following a recommendation from Brendan I signed up for the race and, as he promised, it turned out to be a fast course. I arrived early by car and was able to park at the football ground which is very near to the start/finish line. As the day was a bit chilly to start with, I wandered over to the very smart leisure centre near to the race start, and settled down on comfy seats, in the warmth, until nearer the start time. The route is generally pretty flat, and scenic, following the river before heading out of the town out into the country in the direction of the Wallace monument. There is a bit of a trek up a country road culminating in a sharp hairpin turn, round a bollard, before heading back down the same road into the town (that turn seemed to take forever to get to).
The route is very well marshalled throughout with 2 water stations. In the finish area there was a number of stalls, including one selling running gear, and one offering massage treatment to leg sore runners, it must have been good because the queue for the massage seemed to be pretty long.
The race has a cap of 1000 entrants which was reached, there is no entry on the day. Stirling appeared to be a popular race with club runners, there were noticeably more club vests than I have seen at other races. Overall it is one that I would recommend, it is easy to get to by car or train, the start is a short walk from the railway station, the course is fast and overall the event is really well organised. The lovely weather, once it warmed up a bit, was a real bonus.”
Some photos from www.roadrunpics.com where there are many more: