Auchterarder Running Festival

Some Runners Like It Hot!

Runners coped with the unseasonably warm temperatures at the weekend's popular Auchterarder Running Festival...

In what is becoming something of a tradition - the Auchterarder Running Festival 'enjoyed' some unseasonably warm weather at the weekend, with runners competing in hot and sunny conditions. Despite the heat, the Festival was another resounding success with participants all flocking to social media post-race to sing the praises of organisers and supporters. 

First up was the 10K event on Saturday (9 September) which saw over 250 runners take on the scenic course around the town and surrounding countryside. Jade Greenshields of local club, Five Star Run Club, was first female home in 41:27 with club mate Virginia Cryle third in a time of 43:08, second place went to Fife AC's Rhona Van Rensburg in 41:28. 

In the men's race, Blair Mackay of East Sutherland AC was winner in a time of 33:28 with second place going to Martin Heggie in 37:23 and third to Allan Bartlet in 38:29.

Sunday was another impressive day of racing with some runners having opted to take part in the Festival’s infamous Double Dare challenge. That is, they opted to compete in both the 10K and the Half Marathon.

Winner of the 10K, Blair Mackay, also claimed victory in the half marathon with a time of 1:16:50 - also securing his Double Dare medal! Second place went to Martin Heggie in 1:20:19 (also securing him second in the Double Dare) and third to Kenny Robertson in 1:22:09. 

Repeating her 2022 victory, Janet Dickson won the women's race in 1:27:58 with Emma Murray in 1:30:02 and 10K winner Jade Greenshields taking third in 1:32:24. This result meant Jade won the women's Double Dare Challenge. 

Emphasising the success of the day, participant Karen Birnie enthused on Facebook: "Absolutely amazing weekend. Cannot wait to do it all again next year! Thanks to all who organised, marshalled, gave medals out, baked yummy goodies, photographed and cheered!"

The 2024 date has already announced as 7/8 September, you can find out more by visiting the Auchterarder Running Festival Facebook page. 

Image: Auchterarder Running Festival Facebook

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