Monday is the final date for entries to this year’s celebratory Round the Houses road race event and it looks set to have the largest entry numbers for some time.
The race – on Sunday, April 10 – will mark the 50th year of the run around Grangemouth’s streets. And as usual the race culminates on the track – once used by Usain Bolt – at Grangemouth Stadium.
The staging of the Round the Houses will also incorporate the 11th Jim Dingwall Memorial race, and a 2k fun run has also been organised, open to all runners of all abilities.
But the numbers of the 10K road race look set to top recent entries, and will include many of the top athletes from Scotland.
Among them will be Ryan Beattie who finished third in the event last year running for the co-organisers, Falkirk Victoria Harriers.
Beattie recently competed in the Alloa half-marathon with his pro-boxer brother Stevie – and the fighter finished ahead of his brother!
The races are jointly organised by FVH and Falkirk Community Trust and will be started by Provost Pat Reid.
The course this year will follow the new route used since 2014, starting at Inchyra Rd (beside Grangemouth Stadium) and continuing along Bo’ness Rd on to Union Rd then Dundas St, South Lumley St, Wood St, Larch St, MacKenzie Terrace, Newlands Rd before turning left onto Beancross Rd then Inchyra Road before heading for home on Service Rd then into the Stadium finishing on the new 2014 Commonwealth Games track.
The 2k Fun Run is open to all runners, those under the age of eight must be accompanied by an adult with entries at Grangemouth Stadium from 10.30am and the race at noon. The 10k Race starts at 12.30pm and the race car is provided once again by Square Deal Motors.
Life Fit Wellness will provide a pre and post race massage to the competitors and other sponsors include Behind The Wall, Network Rail, Direct Rail Services, Drummond Lawrie, Lucozade, Mcdonald’s, Tesco, Bookers, Farmfoods Carron Co-op and Morrisons.
Full info at www.falkirkvics.com.