Saturday 29th December will see the inaugural running of the Tilli 10k, the first race to be hosted by PH Racing Club.
Starting in Tillicoultry, the out and back route will follow the Devon Way for 4.5km. It will then loop back on itself in Dollar, rejoin the Devon Way and head homeward to finish back in Tillicoultry.
This Scottish Athletics permitted race is now a sellout, attracting 300 runners, who will toe the line at 10:30am on Saturday morning, hoping to round off the year in style with personal bests on this accurately measured fast and flat course.
With the weather looking favourable and some big names in the field, the Tilli 10k looks set to be a hit. Looking through the field there are some notable names to look out for. You can check out the previous 10k times of a number of competitors here.*
The men’s senior race will see Deeside Runners’ Commonwealth Games Marathon bronze medalist, Robbie Simpson line up against the recently crowned East District Cross Country Champion Jamie Crowe of Central AC. Simpson has previously run 29:22 over 10km with Crowe having ran a superb 29:39 10000m on the track. Crowe has shown fine form recently by winning the NCAA South Central Regional Cross County Championships in Texas, USA and Simpson has taken wins at the Baker Hughes GE and Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen 10ks, since his success on the Gold Coast.
Looking to upset the two Scots will be Kevin Blackney, the Canadian 10km championship runner-up, who has a recent 10000m time of 29:48 to his name. Other names to look out for are youngster James Donald of Dundee Hawkhill Harriers and Central AC’s Scott McDonald who have both previously broken the 33 minute barrier.
In the women’s race the stand out name is Fiona Brian of Metro Aberdeen, the Scottish Internationalist has run 34:32 this year as she secured 2nd place at the East District Championships over 10km.
New PH Racing Club recruit, and current Scottish Marathon Champion, Alison McGill is expected to be at the fore alongside fellow PH athlete Kristin Lownie, who has a Scottish National silver medal to her name this year over 10km at the National Trail Championships. PH Racing’s very own Scottish Internationalist, Karen Kennedy, looks set to challenge in the V40 category and even target senior honours. Kennedy is expected to star with her Scotland teammate Fiona Matheson (UK All Time fastest V50 over 10km) of Falkirk Victoria Harriers, who has run 37:07 this year, recording the fastest V55 time in the UK.
In the men’s masters categories, British XC Masters Champion, Donnie MacDonald of Inverness Harriers is set to make the long trip down and will be looking for a masters victory, in this his first year as a V40. Brian Hughes of Cambuslang Harriers, is the stand out name running in the V60 category. Hughes has the fastest times in the UK this year for a V60 over 1 mile, 2 miles, parkrun, 10 miles and Half Marathon, he will no doubt be looking to set the fastest 10km time here at the Tilli 10k.
The final category to look at is the juniors. The youngest member of the Donald family racing at the Tilli 10k is Ryan Donald, who has a tremendous PB of 34:14. Donald will have to hold off a challenge from the ever improving and fast starting Craig Morris of Fife AC. On the girl’s side, Emma Chamberlain of Giffnock North AC is the stand out name having previously run 43:47 over the 10km distance.
Other PH Racing Club names to look out for are men’s Club Champion Darren Jubb, who will be looking to mix it at the sharp end along with Paul Kieran who has aims of a V40 podium. PH Racing men are expected to contest the V50 prize with an in form Iain Taylor lining up against Martin McNellis, who is coming back to full fitness and new recruit Willie Rennie, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats. Wright Beveridge, Ian Johnston, Scott Blyth, Robyn Morrocco, Pete Simpson, Jennifer Caldwell, Malcolm Smith and Robert Milton complete the PH Racing Club contingent expected to compete.
With a field of 300 there are bound to be a few surprises in the results so keep your eyes peeled for the results as they are announced after the race. PH Racing Club would like to thank Andrew Wright the Race Director for all his hard work to get this race set up; all those who plan to volunteer on the day; and the various business, councils and Scottish Athletics who have contributed so far.
Thanks also go to our race sponsors: Williams Bros. Brewing Co., Sterling Mills Outlet Shopping Village, Morton Running Company, Scottish Soup Company and William Sword Ltd and well as race photographer Gordon Donnachie.
Watch out for the race report where the full details of the outcome of the race will be announced and all sponsors and volunteers shall be thanked again.
*Times and information taken to be the best of knowledge from runbritainrankings, Powerof10 and IAAF.