Well done to all our winners for 2018…
Garry Mathew 36.19.50
Louise Tyler 41.59
Maggy Hoelvold 44.56 (new course record)
True to form, the Killearn 10k was firmly on the trail runners ‘must do’ list for 2018, reaching sellout in early spring. With 300 spaces, a sellout event is something our village can be truly proud of; there’s something about Killearn that brings runners back year after year. It might be the beautiful route, technical top and medal, the seamless organisation and ever-present friendly marshals, or maybe it’s the post-event beer!
This year we didn’t just sell out the Killearn 10k we also sold out the Killearn Mile with all 150 spaces taken by the 10am start on Saturday 2nd June. Many of the adults who registered to take part gave up their opportunity of a medal so more of the youngsters went home with one. Thank you – you know who you are – what a great display of community spirit! The Mile is great fun and laughs could be heard around the village, so, please remember this for next year and get yourself to registration early to secure your place.
As ever, following registration at Killearn Primary School, 10k runners were piped to the start line on Main Street where, at 11am, we saw them begin their 10k fun. It was an absolutely glorious day (perhaps ‘gruelling’ if you were running!) with runners making use of Tim and Stevie’s water station on the pipe track and Bob’s run through shower on the Ibert.
At the finish this year’s prizes were awarded by Scottish Athletics Chairman, Ian Beattie, who was one of the lucky competitors. Garry Mathew was first male over the line in 36 minutes 19 seconds, first female Louise Tyler followed at 41:59 and Maggy Hoelvold was our first non-binary entrant in 44:56. Peter Harper (40:18) and Jude Holt (48:20) beat the heat to be first G63 male and female to cross the line and Simon Sweeney (40:30) was the first in Killearn FC’s black and white strips to reach the finish. Congratulations to everyone who took part.
The Committee’s thanks are extended to everyone who helped make the 2018 Killearn 10k and Mile another memorable day. The Old Mill was our main, and very generous, sponsor for the second year, and we continue to receive support from Glengoyne Distillery, The Co-op, Barrs, Killearn Pharmacy, Tunnocks, Art4You, Killearn Trust, Hewitt & Aker, Active Stirling, The Burnbrae, Oakwood and the Cubs, Scouts and Brownies.
Our marshals were out in force again and the Committee have received numerous emails from runners expressing explicit thanks to the marshals for their support during the day. After the 10k and pre-Beer Festival the Committee hosted a marshal thank you event at the Village Hall. This was sponsored and staffed by Three Sisters Bake who worked with the Hall Committee to ensure the venue was prioritized for the 10k.
It is, however, with a heavy heart that the Committee wave goodbye to Louise Nuttall as she runs on to exciting times ahead for her and her family. Saying that Louise is stepping down from her current role as Treasurer of the 10k doesn’t do any justice to her input. Louise was instrumental to setting up the 10k back in 2010 when, at the time, it was the Hoolie Run, and her knowledge and enthusiasm will be missed. We wish her well for the future.
That only leaves us with one job, which is to remind you all that registration for the 2019 Killearn 10k opens at 8pm on Thursday 6th December.