2008 comments

Why not also rate the run at Runners World?
These are some of the comments we have received as a result of the co-operative 2008  Balfron 10K:
8 December 2008

great race in 2008 will run again if possible

scott anderson

aberdeen

11 November 2008Really enjoyed last year as my first ever 10k and cannot wait to run it again…and hopefully improve my time!

Niki Bowd

Glasgow

8 May 2008

A fantastic race and well organised. The Wed evening training sessions at the school helped get me in shape. Looking forward to next year already.

Gavin Hunter
Killearn

5 May 2008

Well organised, friendly event. A tad on the hilly side but great!

Richard O 50
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3 May 2008

well organised race yet again came back for more pain this year excellent facilities.Well done to all.

FIONA CLARK
rhu

3 May 2008

What a great atmosphere before and after the race – really enjoyed that part of it – the run itself was tough – never had to go up and down so many hills! Nevertheless I did it and may(!!) return again next year to try again – this time without having to power walk now and again!

Jackie Stevenson
Gargunnock

2 May 2008

Fantastic community event for all abilities – Brilliant support from everyone – helpers, marshalls, sponsors and spectators. What a day! This is a tough race but so welcoming to beginners like me.

Derek Townsend
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2 May 2008

I wasn’t born to win. I wasn’t even born to run. I was however born free. With the exception of the winners in each category who clearly were born to run – for the rest of nearly 500 of us, who were set free as the gun fired at 11am, the dicotomy of freedom and discipline was a close one. All of us needed to dig deep, as the undulating hills and road surface (improved since 2007 thank you Stirling Council) tried and tested our sense of freedom and general senses! The views of the hills, green fields, livestock and trees to and from the turning point, as much as that road is one well travelled, continue to take my breath away.

It was hard for the organisers to improve on last year after an excellent morning, but having digested, discussed and disemminated the feedback from 2007 on the starting and finishing – they did just that and made the Balfron 10K even better! The start was right outside the school and the finish a straight run into the top road on the village, finishing at the start point. The chips were a real added bonus without it hitting the purse strings for entry. Thank you.

The quality of spectators and marshelling was A1, vocal and solid – bright and encouraging. Thank you.

The children who manned the water stops were militarily efficient in their insurance of water for all without the reduction in pace, with the added thought of turning the top of the bottle for quick quenching of thirst. The Outspan on arrival at the finish couldn’t have been more orange, sweet and tasty. The best. Thank you to you.

Boy were the goodie bags good! My Doyle’s latte, while clearly a recommended running no-no after a 51 minute 6.2 mile blast, was a much appreciated treat with the fruit bar and biscuit.

So, from a very happy sponsor and free runner, not born to win or run – my one and only complaint is that I have to wait another 52 Sundays to do it again!

Mairi Maciver Clark
Balfron

Mulberry Bush Montessori, Killearn
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2 May 2008

What a great day, brilliant, my first run over three miles for fifteen years. It’s a bit hilly, but a great fun day out and thanks for all the encouragement. I was distressed to be beaten by Rhona Macleod, but sufficiently encouraged to have gone out and run seven miles on Tuesday.

John Beattie
Glasgow

1 May 2008

I enjoyed the run immensely and had a great day in all. The whole thing was a complete success from the numbers that attended, to the sunshine and the community spirit. I will be joining in the Balfron 10k next year and i advise you no matter what kind of a runner you are to have a shot. If you really dont fancy the run itself, come cheer us on…!

Jonathan Penman
Killearn

30 April 2008

my first Balfron race and found it to be well organized and very friendly. Will be back next year hopefully for repeat of the same. Well done all in Balfron.

scott anderson
aberdeen

30 April 2008

Well done Balfron, this is an excellent event, friendly, well supported and you got fresh oranges, a t-shirt, a medal and a goodie bag. If only the Bath half marathon could be as good as this!!

Ian Harryman
Trowbridge

30 April 2008

Wow, what can I say? The organisation was brilliant, the atmosphere electric and the course demanding! Ran the course with my “running husband” who joked and chatted the whole 10k whilst I and others around him wished he’d be quiet! No really, thanks to his eternal optimism we had a great race and finished on a high sprinting the last few hundred yards up the hill to the finishing line, hand in hand as has become our custom! The sunshine and the joie de vie of our fellow runners made this a very enjoyable Sunday morning run and we look forward to competing again next year. Thanks again, Balfron.

Karen Mountford Campbell
Carluke

29 April 2008

My first Balfron 10K and I really enjoyed it. It was brilliantly organised, we had a fantastic day, even with all those hills. Can’t wait to do it again next year

ELAINE TIMPANY
GLASGOW

29 April 2008

my first Balfron 10k and my first in 10 years – brilliantly organised. Even though I was towards the back of the pack I felt proud to be part of the run and the supporters truly made a difference. Even though I had run the route many times in training the views never fail to take my breath away.

Alice Wheeler
Balfron

29 April 2008

Had a great time, brilliant atmosphere, even enjoyed the hills, we will be back next year.

Elizabeth Naismith
East Kilbride Glasgow

29 April 2008

this was my second run and enjoyed it very much everyone was so friendly the only comment i would like to make is that i felt that the water bottles were too big it was such a waste smaller bottles would be much better

moira evans
oban, argyll

29 April 2008

What a tough race – if I had known undulating meant “uphill all the way” I wouldn’t have started so fast !!! Very satisfying to finish and well organized. Love the oranges and chocolate at the end. See you next year !

Sian Gillies
Bearsden

29 April 2008

Great race, I really enjoyed it. The organisation, atmosphere and support were all fantastic. The hills were hard work in places but a good challenge. I thought the course was great and the scenery beautiful and it helped take my mind off the uphill parts! I will defiantely do it again.

Naomi Newton
Glasgow

28 April 2008

Fun, Friendly, well organised with Great Scenery – A fantastic day, a well organised race with a great friendly supportive atmosphere.
The hills (and there seem to be a lot of them) make the race very challenging but this just adds to the fun.

Will definitely do this again next year!!!

Ambling Moose
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28 April 2008

Brilliant day out, great atmosphere around The Campus, very friendly, the hill at 7K was tough, I will be back next year.

David Noble
Cumbernauld

28 April 2008

Great race; very well organised and beautiful setting!! Thanks to all involved in the organising of the race!!

Nicola Rae
Glasgow

28 April 2008First class event. Well done Balfron –  This is a fantastic little race. Ok the hills make a PB a real challenge, that is more than compensated for by the perfect organisation, the friendly atmosphere and the thoughtful touches.
Segments of orange on a warm day were very welcome, the organisers had clearly listened to last year’s feedback and changed both the start and finish arrangements and introduced chip timing and the marchals on the course and at the water stations were determined to help you enjoy a great day out. Fantastic

Ico
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28 April 2008

This is the first time i have entered a 10k and what good fun it was. The organisation was great, everything ran smoothly and the atmosphere was super with everyone cheering us on. Well done to everyone involved as events like these are hard to pull off without a hitch.

Louise Paterson
Balfron

28 April 2008

A highly recommended race for anyone looking for a challenge or to build up stamina in preparation for half or full marathons. Views are spectacular. Race was well organised and supported by the small crowds along the route. Encouragement was appreciated. The apres race was excellent with a choice of cakes, hot tea, fruit and chocolate. The whole atmosphere was brilliant. I will definately be back next year.

Maggie Hendry
Cumbernauld
kirkintilloch olympians

28 April 2008

Very well organised, challanging route – good turnout from the locals and facilities were first class. Enjoyable day, 2nd year in a row and I will be there again next year.

Steven Murray
Stirling (ex Balfron)

28 April 2008

Fantastic organisation of the race and a really friendly atmosphere. I like tha way that it was referred to as a fun run because it’s important to encourage first timers. This was my 3rd ever 10K and depsite the hills, I achieved a personal best. The out and back course was a good idea, although when I run down some of the hills I realised that i had to run back up them! Plenty of local support and the sale of tea and cake made the day even more enjoyable. It was challenging, but worthwhile. The medal was excellent and the goody-bag contents filled a hole in my belly after the race. Well done to the organisers and marshalls and everyone else involved. Please keep it fun, so first timers can give it a go too. Thanks for a great day out.

Nicola Edwards
Dundee

28 April 2008

Same comments as last year . All concerned should give themselves a well deserved PAT on the back (the absence of which on the roads in such a beautiful rural location was a real bonus) Race organised to perfection and ran like clockwork, everything done professionally and with a smile:) Well done to all. p.s. the course is still a real ^*!>*^* (challenge)tho !!!

William Lavery
Alexandria

28 April 2008

Great race, well organised, great facilities! Glorious day helped brighten up the stunning views, but made those slopes more painfull….. next year, paper water cups or something instead of bottles…terrible waste!

Julie Miller
Bearsden

28 April 2008

Organisation and atmosphere first class, race route very scenic but tough. Would definitely do again. Many thanks

Katie Ferguson
Campbeltown
Jog Scotland, Campbeltown

28 April 2008

An extremely well organised race. Very professional, great facilities and good atmosphere. However, I feel the term ‘undulating course’ might be somewhat misleading….rather hilly I think would be be a more apt description!

Georgina Edmondson
Glasgow

28 April 2008

Very well organised, throughly enjoyed it! Only improvement I can think of would be markers every 200m for the last kilometer? Get that sprint finish down to a fine art!

Rose Hanley-Nickolls
Glasgow

28 April 2008

Well done to all those involved in this years event. Once again, a very well organised run. Great facilities and good course, except for hill at 7k. Baking at the end of the run was worth all the effort. Thanks again and look forward to next year.

James Pettigrew
Bishopbriggs
Kirkintilloch Olympians

28 April 2008

Top class, professionally organised event – Really enjoyed the whole event. Run was scenic and hilly, save energy for second half! The event was seamlessly organised, timing chips were great. Very welcoming atmosphere and good facilities. My only personal slight fault was the water stations were at the start of climbs and I didn’t have the puff to drink much. Excellent event, hope to be back next year.

Ewan Mckerracher
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28 April 2008

A hilly course so no realistic chance of getting a PB. Brilliantly organised and a real community event which made the day hugely enjoyable.

Grant Edmondson
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28 April 2008

Excellently organised out and back run (5k downhill, 5k uphill!). Sun was shining, good facilities provided and generally a most enjoyable run!

Dan Ebbatson
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27 April 2008

Hills, hills and hills – but great atmospehre and organisation In full: My home town 10k and it is every bit as tough as I remember it – lots of hills, little flat but great support, very good organisation and facilities on site and took 40s off last years time so all in a good day. The kids reaces beforehand were well supported as well and nice to see a lot of support out along the country road course

Steven Murray
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27 April 2008

The hills were killers…..
….but I actually got a PB and thoroughly enjoyed it. The organisation was excellent and the atmosphere great. I would recommend it for beginners, but be aware that it is all up and down. I feel great now

NJE
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27 April 2008

Beautiful but challenging course – Tough 10K course with many, many hills – all of them seeming to be uphill even though it was an out and back! Great organisation and very friendly race. Not the best for PB, but I don’t think that’s what this race is about. If you want spectacular scenery, friendly support and an abundance of fresh orange wedges (and chocolate cake!) at the finish, then this is for you. Will definitely be back next year!

CarrieD
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27 April 2008

Hills that go forever – Definitely need to work on my hills for next year! Scenary and weather beautiful. Organisation first class.

Katie Ferguson
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27 April 2008

Best ever 10k

Bill McCulloch
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27 April 2008

This year I didn’t mind the ‘undulating’ hills! Great race! – Last year I was quite rude about the use of the term undulating – however now I knew they were there the hills make this race even better. Glorious weather – amazing scenery – supportive marshalls and children – and if possible – even better organised than a very organised last year. Thanks for listening to people about the finish and the loud speaker thing – made it even more professional. Well done Balfron, yet again.

Helen Finch
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27 April 2008

Very challenging race, some pretty hilly sections

Joe Adamson
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27 April 2008

Ahh those hills, great fun !

abi dunsire
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27 April 2008

This was my first timed 10k and it was really great! Was a beautiful run, really good atmosphere and even though the hills were a killer coming back I will definately be there next year. Goodie bag was fab too!!! Thanks to everyone that was encouraging us along the way!

Eileen McKechnie
Glasgow
Garscube Harriers

27 April 2008

Wow! What a race! I thoroughly enjoyed it, although it was tough. Hardest 10k I’ve ever done, hills were pretty much constant, and the heat didnt help. But it was very well organised (could’nt believe it was only the second race), lovely views, great atmosphere and lots of nice goodies at the end! First time ever in Balfron and it was lovely. Hope to race again next year!

Jennifer Reade
Milton of Campsie
Kirkintilloch Olympians

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