While thousands of us were pounding the streets of Edinburgh at the inaugural Edinburgh Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, David Hope was able to have a bit of extra time in bed before joining a more select group to run in the Glenlivet 10K, and collected a wee drop of the local produce along with his medal.
David said : This was the third year for the Glenlivet 10k and the 2nd year that I’ve taken part. The run is held for Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland and is described as “the most beautiful run in Scotland”.
I travelled up the day before with my Mum and Dad to stay with my Aunt and Uncle who live in Glenlivet. We passed through a number of snow showers on the way up and it was snowing on and off once we arrived although the snow wasn’t really lying on the ground. However, I awoke on race day morning to find the fields and hills outside my window covered in snow. Thankfully by the time the race started the roads were clear but it was very cold.
The event registration was located at Glenlivet distillery in a warm, welcoming hall with nice clean toilets and plenty of parking spaces in an adjoining field. The start is located just outside the registration hall and we set off on time at 11am.
The route follows single track roads for the first half and then moves onto a quiet country road for the second half. The race starts out flat and then drops down quite sharply to the lowest point on the course in the first mile before starting what is known as the “steady incline”. This involves a climb of about 350 feet over 1.5 miles to the highest point on the course. Then it’s time to savour the views of the glen and surrounding snow topped hills as the next 1.5 miles wind slowly downhill. The route then starts heading back towards the finish and is a bit up and down for the next 1.5 miles. This part was made tougher by running into a bitterly cold headwind. The last section is again downhill and finishes just off the main road at the top of a muddy track.
I was delighted to find that I had knocked almost 4 minutes off my time from last year. Medals and bottles of water were handed out near the finish and then it’s a bit of a trek up a steep hill to the distillery to collect our goody bags which contained a miniature bottle of Glenlivet malt whisky.
Overall I really enjoyed the run and it’s definitely one of my favourite 10k’s. The route is challenging but not overly so, the people are very friendly, it’s well organised and the scenery is fantastic. Highly recommend.