Hidden Glen 10K an obvious favourite
‘Not your average 10K’ returns
Just under 300 runners took on the challenge of the Hidden Glen 10K under the grey and moody skies of Balquhidder on Sunday.
Billed as ‘not your average 10K’, the undulating Hidden Glen 10K gives runners ‘views to die for’ on a challenging route overlooking Loch Voil and Loch Doine.
Runners praised the event and its organisation, with one calling it ‘faultless from parking the car to crossing the finish line’.
Given the ‘challenging, yet amazing’ nature of the run – with one participant even calling it ‘pretty gruelling’ – runners were unanimous in their praise for the enthusiastic marshals, volunteers and pipers dotted around the course to spur them on.
With the promise of top-notch catering from the Monachyle Mhor Hotel at the finish line, some runners relied on other forms of motivation to get them through the soggy course. One wrote, ‘visualising the chocolate brownie at the end for sure helped to tackle the hill’.
Summing up her experience of the ‘fantastic event in a series of fantastic events’, another participant observed, ‘This isn’t a run of the mill 10K, it’s scenic and hilly and a whole lot of fun in a beautiful setting. There’s a reason why this always sells out fast!
The 2021 edition of the Hidden Glen 10K was won by Brendan Forrester, who completed the course in 36.56. Forrester also won Tay Fitness’ inaugural Loch2Lawers Half Marathon last month, besting over 60 other competitors to the top of Ben Lawers – the country’s 10th highest munro – and back. First female back home to the Hidden Glen was veteran runner Alison Berwick (46.21).
The Hidden Glen 10K will return to its usual springtime slot (24 April) next year, with the half-marathon (12 June) and marathon (7 August) following in the summer.
Full results for the Hidden Glen 10K are available from runABC Scotland.
Image: Run Mhor (facebook)