This annual 10km is very popular due to its fast course and excellent organisation. This year was no different and Val Beattie and Jo Forbes took part from ERN. Despite starting too fast, Jo managed to knock some time from her PB while Val (who got a PB last year in this race) also had a good run. Thanks to all at Central AC for an excellent event. Details of the race can be found at www.centralathletics.co.uk
Val said: “Jo and I travelled through to Stirling for their 10km. I really enjoyed it last year and assured Jo she would get a PB! We had never seen so many club runners warming up at the start! Pretty much a flat course apart from one big hill up to the finish. Weather was fine for it only one spot of rain. It is an out and back course and you get a cracking view of Wallace Monument on the way out. It is a really fast race and you could see that with the returning runners as you headed out. I kept a check on my pace-making sure it was saying 9min miles (ish) and checked watch near the end and saw my PB on it so knew I wasn’t going to beat that this year. Nevermind I haven’t been doing much speedwork so happy with my time. Delighted Jo got a PB! Goody bag had nice flapjack and Tunnocks caramel log! Well organised race. I would again recommend it especially if you are looking for a PB!
Jo said: “The Stirling 10k was recommended to me by Val as a fast flat course which sounded good as I thought I could improve my 10k time, we headed though on a dull but dry day. Start next to the stadium with plenty of toilets for Val’s lucky 3 visits!
Started the 10k far too fast which I soon started to pay for, by 6k I wasn’t feeling too great and had heavy legs which was a shame as its meant I wasn’t really enjoying myself! Kept ploughing on looking at the Stirling Castle & Wallace monument for motivation, soon crossed the line and was glad to be finished. Got a lovely t-shirt and goody bag which was great. When the times were published I realised I had actually got a PB which I’m chuffed about considering how much I suffered. It is a great 10k although it attracts a lot of very serious club runners after a PB which can be intimidating (although I perhaps was one of them!). I learnt my lesson though not to start a race too fast or suffer the consequences! I’ve now signed up for Jedburgh 10k for hopefully a better experience!
Photos: (Courtesy of Reynard Nursery where there are many more)