It’s fair to say that Saturday’s inaugural Tilli 10k was a great success with some fine performances among the 230 finishers and many positive comments about the race itself and the facilities. The route followed the Devon Way path for 4.5k with a 1k loop in Dollar before returning along the path to Tillicoultry.
It was no surprise to see Scotland’s Commonwealth medallist Robbie Simpson of Deeside Runners leading the field home to stop the clock at 30:44 and set the standard for future years. He certainly did not have it all his own way though with Canadian athlete Kevin Blackney from the London Western club in Ontario posting a time of 30:55 in second place. Third place went to James Donald of Dundee Hawkhill Harriers who timed at 31:32.
In the ladies race there was a fine win for Falkirk Victoria Harriers’ Fiona Matheson beating all her younger rivals to finish in 37:50. She was closely followed by PH Racing Club’s Alison McGill in second with 38:00 while Kristin Lownie, also PH, was third in 39:08.
PH athletes scooped a number of age category prizes with Paul Kieran (35:18 and 8th overall) and Karen Kennedy (39:55 and 4th female) winning the respective V40 prizes. Kieran held off club mate Ewan Taylor who also had an excellent run to finish in 35:26. Zoe Stuart was third V40 in 43:40.
In the V50s PH’s Iain Taylor (38:13) and Willie Rennie (38:18) enjoyed a tussle throughout but finished second and third behind Grant Matheson of Falkirk Vics who was just ahead of wife Fiona in 37:42. With Matheson winning overall, the female V50 prize went to Dawn Henderson of Wee County Harriers (47:30).
Ian Johnston of PH Racing was victorious in the V60 category having posted a time of 42:36 with Pamela Bridge of Dunblane Runners winning the female equivalent. Elaine Revie (unattached) took home the female V70 prize while Robert Young of Clydesdale Harriers took the male award. Ryan Donald of Dundee Hawkhill added to a good day in the Donald household winning the junior prize with 34:04 in seventh place overall.
Finally, there were prizes for first local male and female which were won by Ewan Jack of Ochil Hill Runners (37:04) and Fiona Hanson (unattached, 45:06).
PH Racing Club would like to thank club member Andrew Wright for all his hard work in organising the race both on the day and in the weeks leading up to it, and for coming up with such a fantastic route and venue. Thanks must also go to all the volunteers who gave up their time to help out on the day and to the staff of Devonvale Hall, particularly caretaker Vince who was a tremendous assistance.
Thanks also to our race sponsors: Williams Bros. Brewing Co., Sterling Mills Outlet Shopping Village, Morton Running Company, Scottish Soup Company and William Sword Ltd. Thank you to St Andrew’s Ambulance service who provided first aid and ambulance cover on the day, Adrian Stott of Scottish Athletics for accurately measuring the course and the local council and police for their assistance.
We look forward to welcoming you for the second edition of the Tilli 10k which has already been pencilled in for Saturday 28th December 2019. See you there!