In short: Those hills! In full: 2nd year of doing this race, & last year I said "never again". How short my memory is! The hills were as hard as I remember them but it's a great wee race, extremely scenic and well organised.
In short: Exceptional. Fully captures what makes rural village atmospheres so special. In full: The organisers have managed to create an event which exceeds expectations. The running side is brilliant in all aspects. It's the non running side which make this day most memorable. A credit to the organisational team and their support. Many thanks. Date of review: April 26, 2009
In short: Top Marks for Balfron Village In full: Excellent organisation and a friendly welcome makes this a great event, with a good strong community involvement. Add to that a nice medal engraved with the event date, and a decent t-shirt and for £14 entry you've got yourself a good morning out.
Nice scenic hilly course, on a mostly single-track road, closed to traffic. Bit of a killer up hill for the last 1.5miles, after an already 'undulating' course. Plenty of water available and enthusiastic marshalling / support throughout.
Highly recommended race in a nice part of the country. Well Done Balfron schools! Date of review: April 26, 2009
In short: A happy race. An exhilarating adventure of a run, magically unique, with quantum leap organisation - it makes one appreciate the beautiful world we live in! In full: I love to laugh as much as I love to run. Combining both is the best ever tonic and I wasn't alone! There were smiles on all of the runners without exception as we all headed out and all headed back again. The astonishing organizers ensured the race flowed with energy easily and effortlessly with an attitude of serendipity. They should rejoice in the great deal of wonderful work completed - we all appreciate it. The effective handing out of the water by the little and big hands of the Balfron children, ensured that there was not a dry mouth during the run and their enthusiasm intoxicating. What generous goodie bags! Thank you! The chocolate, just the required sweet boost to match the vigorous endorphins; handy key rings, water and valuable t-shirt - perfect! So just before I step into my deep warm bath and cosy down for a night by the fire in my pjs, an enormous thank you for making it happen, looking after us all so well and if you haven't run the race yet - make it your happy and joyous intention for 2010. I'll be there. Besos x
In short: Really tough course- but worth it! In full: 2nd year at Balfron and it was every bit as tough as I remember! Glorious scenery took the mind off the killer hills, and the orange at the end was most welcome. Wonderful organisation and a nice medal too. Well done Balfron! Date of review: April 26, 2009
In short: My 3rd year at Balfron and I have realised this race is like childbirth - at the time you say never again but memories of the pain are soon forgotten and here I am for more! In full: The first year I did this my review said 'undulating my arse' and I still agree - there are very few flat bits for a very average runner. I always go home thinking never again as I am always 4 - 5 mins slower at this than other 10K but it is so superbly organised, the supporters are out of this world and the atmosphere is great that I seem to come back every year - well done Balfron! Date of review: April 26, 2009
In short: Fantastic community event for all abilities In full: Brilliant support from everyone - helpers, marshalls, sponsors and spectators. What a day! This is a tough race but so welcoming to beginners like me. Date of review: May 2, 2008
In short: A brilliantly executed 10K race, by and with villagers and warmly welcomed guests! From registration to finish line and bath time - a simply memorable run. The challenging hills confirmed the ability of all the starting runners to finish smile intact In full: This is a special and unique race that only the runner can fully embrace and appreciate. The organisers could be snapped up by Flora, so we are thankful they live close by. The community were out in force to support native and visitor alike with unrelenting voice. Balfron should be well proud of it's proof two years running that they are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to 10K events for either the novice or more experienced runner needing the training to improve on their PB for the next 10K to come. The chips and start and finish were an improvement on last year and the generosity of the goodie bags appreciated. Design, quality and fit of the T-shirt the best yet. Well done Balfron - here's to being the best in Scotland - you are in my books! Date of review: May 2, 2008