Get in the running for Balfron’s 10k

Mar 13 2009 by Donald Morton, Stirling Observer Friday

ENTRIES are now open for the popular Co-operative Balfron 10K, recently voted in the top five 10K races in the country by a national athletics magazine.

Sunday, April 26, will see only the third running of the race but already it has become a gem in the running calendar with more than 1000 runners taking part in the first two events.

Race director Colin Mendham said: “We are so proud to have been voted fifth best 10K in Scotland by the readers of ‘Runners World’.

“It is a fantastic community event raising more than £14,000 for Balfron Primary and Balfron High School in the first two races.

“The 2009 race will be a bigger and even better event than last year encouraging local runners, young and old, to take part and enjoy an active healthy lifestyle.”

Ann McIntosh, headteacher at Balfron Primary School, added: “We are thrilled that the Balfron 10K run has become such a huge success and an important fundraiser for us.

“It is very much a community event, reinforcing the school’s focus on healthy living, exercise and well-being.

“Our 2K run for the children of Balfron Primary, prior to the main 10K race, has produced some tremendously talented young runners.

“The continued support from Balfron and the business community is wonderful and so much appreciated.”

The village’s Co-operative is the main sponsor of the event. The store’s manager Peter Stevens said: “Balfron is a very vibrant community and the Co-operative is delighted to be the main sponsor of this exciting event again.

“By being involved in the 10K road race, we want to show our support for Balfron and endorse our commitment to a healthier lifestyle for all.”

The leisure team at Balfron Campus has drawn up a 10Ktraining programme, suitable for all new runners, who wish to train and run the 10K. Call the leisure team on 01360 440940 for further details.

Demand for places is expected to be high, so early entry is recommended. Enter on line now and check out the website for full details at

The race starts at 11am from Balfron Campus – following a scenic route out and back.

A chip timing device, donated by the Co-operative, will ensure quick and accurate results for runners.