Run Garioch ‘bigger and better than ever’

The start of the day's main event, the Dandara 10k
The start of the day's main event, the Dandara 10k

Nearly 2,800 runners of all ages laced up their trainers and headed to the Garioch Sports Centre on Sunday for the town’s biggest annual sporting event, Run Garioch.

Race Director Graham Morrison said of the day: “This is my first Run Garioch as Race Director and it was brilliant.

“Having so much support from our community, our runners, our five charity partners and our volunteers – topped off with such great performances from our winners, including a Run Garioch first – made it something special.”

Aberdeen AAC’s Callum Symmons, who won the 13th edition of Run Garioch’s main event, the Dandara 10k, in a time of 33.29 – a mere 90 minutes after taking the top spot in the EBLAST 5k.

His clubmate Hannah Mutch won the women’s event in a personal best time of 19.15.

Also aiming for a double first on Burghmuir Drive was the previous winner of the Run Garioch 5k and ½ Marathon, Kyle Greig.

But the GB trail-running international had to settle for second place in the shorter event before claiming a third solid win in the RIM Fabrications ½ Marathon.

Peterhead AC’s Shelly Duncan took the top spot in the Dandara 10k, but it was a clean sweep for Metro Aberdeen in the ladies’ division of the RIM Fabrications Half-Marathon: Hazel Wyness (1.29.12), Emma Norrie and Fiona Mcdonald took the top spots. The Aberdeen-based club also won the ladies’ and men’s 10k team prizes.

Garioch Gazelle Tom Roche came second in the RIM Fabrications Half Marathon, followed by David Barclay of the Garioch Roadrunners. Roche’s clubmate, Hazel Patterson, finished as first female superveteran in the Half-Marathon, as did Jenny Garnham (Garioch Roadrunners) over in the Dandara 10k.

It was also a good day for jogscotland Kintore, with second-place finishes in the EBLAST 5k (Julie Hoyle) and Dandara 10k (Richard Strachan, who also won the prize for fastest local runner in that event).

The club, led by Tammy Wilson, also took home the cheque for the JS group with the most runners in the 5k.

Local schools took home quite a few prizes on the day, too. The trophy for the fastest secondary school in the 5k went to Inverurie Academy. Insch School kept hold of the trophy for most pupils taking part in the CP&Co. Junior Run, with 150 runners. Runner-up for the title was Strathburn School, with 84.

The prize for the school with the most pupils taking part as a percentage of school roll went to Chapel of Garioch for the fourth year in a row, followed by Keithhall.

Graeme Hay, Chair of the Garioch Sports Centre, said: “We all wonder each year how we can make the next year’s event bigger and better – and this year’s Committee has certainly done it.

“To see the volume of not only runners but also spectators was fantastic to witness and something that made me extremely proud. The community and wider Garioch area should feel privileged to have a committed team putting an event like this on.”