It’s fair to say that the 2019 Tilli 10k was an even bigger success than the inaugural running in 2018. There were some outstanding performances among the 380 finishers and a social media frenzy with post race positivity, excitement and buzz. As with last year, the route followed the Devon Way path for 4.5k with a 1k loop in Dollar before returning along the path to Tillicoultry.
The sharp end battle between Jamie Crowe of Central AC and Cambuslang’s Grant Sheldon was as hotly contested as expected. With the two pre-race contenders going stride for stride on the way out, it looked a close battle going into the turn. Crowe saw the turn as an opportunity to really put the hammer down and gained a lead for the return leg. With a very fast 7th kilometre Crowe had given himself some daylight between himself and the pursuing Sheldon.
Crowe finished strongly to run a tremendous new personal best time of 29:18 which we believe to be the second fastest 10k time ran by a Scot in Scotland throughout all of 2019. This also shattered the Tilli 10k course record by well over a minute.
Sheldon finished only 30 seconds back, clocking 29:48 to time his second fastest ever 10k time. Alastair Hay, also of Central AC, finished in third position to round out a top class podium. Hay broke the 31 minute barrier with a very impressive time of 30:59. With Cameron Milne dipping under 32 minutes to claim the fourth position, the overall team prize was secured for Central AC’s famous “Yellow Train”. The teams could be made up of any mix of runners with Metro Aberdeen finishing second team and Fife AC were in third.
The women’s race was, as predicted, a shootout between two of Scotland’s best club runners. Fife AC’s Annabel Simpson took the spoils, in a new course record time of 34:55.
Fiona Brian of Metro Aberdeen was hot on her heels timing a superb 35:05. Two fantastic times for two runners who have had exceptional seasons throughout 2019. It is worth noting that Simpson was the third counter in the Fife AC team.
Another Metro Aberdeen runner completed the podium as there was a season’s best time of 36:35 for Claire Bruce. This was a great podium whitewash for the Scottish Marathon Project and a real positive sign going into 2020, which will hopefully be another successful year for all three.
With prizes given to all age categories from Juniors through to each 5 year veteran age grading, its impossible to list all of the winners. However, PH wish to congratulate all finishers and all prize winners for their efforts up and down the Devon Way on the day. PH would like to take this opportunity to wish all the runners success in 2020 and hopefully see many faces toe the line once again next December.
The self proclaimed “fast” Tilli 10k course proved to be as described and certainly suited many runners with the first two runners under 30 minutes and the first 9 all under 33 minutes. For the statisticians out there, it is understood that 29 of the first 50 finishers set either personal or season bests in this year’s race, this is an increase from the 25 season and personal bests from 2018’s first 50. This is a great incentive for runners in future years to have a shot at an end of year 10k PB.
PH Racing Club would like to specifically 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, making it such a big success once again. Thanks must also go to all the volunteers who gave up their time to help out on the day and contribute to making what PH believe to be the best winter 10k in Scotland.
Thanks to the clubs who turned out in great numbers and those who promoted the race in the running media, namely Scottish Athletics, Tartan Running Shorts Podcast and FastRunning.com.
Thanks also go to our race day sponsors: Louie Brown’s Bar, Williams Bros, William Sword Bakery and The Scottish Soup Company and our photographers Karen Thomson, Gordon Donnachie and Graeme Baxter for all of their contributions.
Full results can be found here.