Record online entry for Ormidale 10k

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The 30th anniversary run of the Isle of Arran Ormidale 10K is only a week away, being held next weekend on Sunday April 22.

Organisers are delighted that the race has a record number of on-line entrants – 59 as the Banner went to press – and no doubt, many more locals will enter on the day, at the Ormidale Pavilion from 11am. The race starts at 12noon.

Tommy Gilmore of Arran Runners said: ‘Contenders, who have been targeting the race, will now be approaching the peak plateau of their training. The rest of us, content to be “also rans”, will be feeling the benefits of having a target to aim for.

‘It is a great pleasure, being a runner on Arran. We have so many routes available on our doorstep. From road-running, to trail running, to fell-running, the variety of terrains and elevations available to runners and joggers of all abilities, must surely make urban based runners envious. The stunning scenery and rich wildlife add to the mix of attractions, wherever you live on the island. Running also gives access to some of the most beautiful, unspoiled, even remote, parts of the Island , while still being close to home.’

The race started in 1987, and, as the race was cancelled one year, this will be the 30th anniversary race. The course is very flat and takes a flat scenic route out to Merkland Point at the north end of Brodick Bay, and back, with a short diversion up the Knowe road to make the distance exact.

Pre-entry and race information is recommended on the SiEntries website, or enter on the day. The race is restricted to 16 years old and over. Competitors should note that the race is run under Scottish Athletics and UK Athletics rules, which do not allow, for obvious reasons, wearing of iPods or other music devices during road races.

Anyone wishing to take up this sport, which keeps you fit and healthy, is recommended to join one of the jogscotland groups on the island. One is held on a Monday night at 5.30pm in Whiting Bay, see jogscotland – Isle of Arran on Facebook for details of meeting point. A second group meets in Brodick on a Wednesday in the small Co-op car park at 5.30pm. See Arran Run Coach Facebook page for details.

Volunteer marshals needed

Being run on public roads, the race needs about a dozen marshals to alert traffic and assist runners. No experience is necessary. Anyone able to offer their services for an hour and a half on the day, please contact Tommy Gilmore on 01770 302293 or 302246.

Runners taking part in last year’s race. 01_B15run01