A race for everyone at the Glenrothes Road Running Festival
With entries up 15% on 2018 figures, few places now remain in the main event of the Glenrothes Road Running Festival (Sunday, 16 June), the Glenrothes 10k.
The Festival, which started life in 1983 as a half marathon, is one of Scotland’s longest running road-racing festivals.
In time, the half marathon was replaced by a 600-capacity 10k. In 1991, shorter family-friendly races were added and the event transformed into a full-on festival of running.
The Glenrothes Road Running Festival, which now attracts hundreds runners of all abilities from across the UK each year, is organised by the Fife Olympiad SCIO Committee in conjunction with the Fife Sports and Leisure Trust.
In addition to the 10k for runners over 15, this year's Festival will feature a 4k road race, a 2k fun run/walk/jog and a 300m junior jog for the under 5s on the Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre running track.
The 2019 edition will also feature a 'mascot race', a new event that will be run as part of the 2K. When it comes to this race, organisers told runABC Scotland online that runners should 'expect the unexpected!'
They added: "The Glenrothes Road Running Festival is a brilliant set of events to suit all ages and abilities, and just gets more popular each year. It's aimed at encouraging people of all ages to take part in physical exercise and to reap the health benefits of doing so.
"In addition to the chance to run in one of the events, spectating or volunteering is a good way to spend a family morning out, enjoying the atmosphere and cheering on the runners. It's really good to be at the finish line, handing out the medals and seeing the big effort that the runners have put in."
Last year’s Glenrothes 10K was won by Fife AC’s Derek Rae (33.15), who completed the course. Local hero Rae bested second place runner Ben Hukins (34.11, PH Racing Club) by just under a minute. Following Hukins for third was Ryan Lafferty (34.34).
Fife AC also dominated the women’s race, with Sheena Logan taking the top spot in 38 minutes dead. Joining her on the podium were Alison McGill, less than a minute behind (38.50) and her Fife AC clubmate Rhona van Rensburg, Rhona less than a minute behind her in turn (39.45).
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