Thornhill 10K

Tay Fitness Thornhill 10K to raise funds for cancer

New Perthshire road race from top-notch organisers of Run Mhor and the Callendar 10K

Never ones to let the grass grow under their feet, event organisers Tay Fitness have added a new event to their roster for 2022.

The ‘Thornhill 10K – Round The Frews’ will be held on Sunday, 8 May, starting and ending at the Thornhill Community Hall.

The fully on-road event was created in honour of local dairy farmer, Steven Black, who passed away in 2020 after a short battle with duodenal cancer.

Not long after Steven’s death, his close friend, Neil MacLaren, threw himself into a 12-month-long challenge to run 10K every day, in all weathers, to raise funds for Beatson Cancer Charity. MacLaren achieved his goal in April 2021, raising over £10,000 for the charity along the way. 

Now, in 2022, the Black and MacLaren families have partnered with Tay Fitness to create the Thornhill 10K. The race will be run on the very same Perthshire route that Neil MacLaren faced every day for a year: flat, fast and with great views over to the Wallace Monument to the east and the munros to the north.

As the organisers say, ‘We all want the memory of Steven to live on in the village and to continue to support Beatson Cancer Charity, in his honour.’

Two pounds from every entry sold will go directly to Beatson Cancer Charity. To further support their good work, runners are encouraged to make an additional donation at registration, buy fundraising food and drink from the Community Hall or seek sponsorship and donate funds raised to the charity.

Entries to the event are now open. Runners must be 15 years old on race day to take part in the new Thornhill 10K. Runners aged 8 and above can take on the 2.5K tarmac-and-path race on their own; younger runners will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Image: Tay Fitness

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