More than 1000 runners took to the revised route around Grangemouth for the 48th ‘Round The Houses’ and ninth Jim Dingwall memorial 10km on Sunday.
Among them were 225 runners in the 2km fun run, won by Lewis Pentecost from Falkirk who finished in seven minutes and 15 seconds – 10 seconds ahead of second-placed Holly Little from Victoria Park athletics club in Glasgow. Falkirk Vic Kieran Ferguson was third in 7.32.
Provost Pat Reid started that race at noon and half an hour later was on starter’s orders again as the lead car supplied by SDM Toyota quickly got the other 800 into their running.
After a fast start down Inchyra Road, Falkirk Victoria Harriers athlete and Edinburgh half marathon winner Ryan Beattie was leading the field closely followed by eventual winner Kyle McLennan of Edinburgh University.
The University athletes running in their national road race championship were well to the fore with Patryk Gierjatowicz in third followed by a pack that included Cambuslang’s Robert Gilroy and Kerry-Liam Wilson. The fast pace continued along Bo’ness Road as the gaps continued to widen.
As a result of road closures and railway bridge works the course altered at Grangemouth town centre turning into Union Road and eventually Wood Street, where good support was received from local residents before emerging onto Newlands Road where McLennan took the lead from Beattie and remained unchallenged to the end at Grangemouth Stadium winning in a time of 31 minutes and 27seconds.
The race for minor places really heated up on Beancross Road as the strong wind started to take its toll on all the athletes. Cambuslang’s Gilroy showed his strength from his recent British Masters Cross Country Championships win in Glasgow to come through for second place in 31.42 closely followed by Shettleston Harrier Paul Sorrie 31.58 with Alloa Half Marathon runner up Gierjatowicz just behind in 32.03.
The leading master athlete (Over 40) for the third year running was Kerry-Liam Wilson – a magnificent fifth place overall in a time of 32.46 closely followed by Falkirk Victoria Harriers’ Beattie in 32.49.
Hundreds of runners continued to battle the wind as the race turned for home heading back up Inchyra Road before flooding forced another re-route through Inchyra Park as PB’s were chased and hundreds of pounds were raised for charity – in particular the race nominated charity Strathcarron Hospice.
Falkirk Victoria Harriers, were also well represented. The winner of the Dingwall Quaich presented to the first FVH athlete home was Ryan Beattie after beating his last year’s time by 49 sec.
Second Falkirk finisher was Euan Martin 35.25 with Iain Wallace third in 36.21. Kenny Rankine, a former winner of the old Falkirk Peoples half-marathon won the Masters over-50 age group finishing in 36.35. Scott Stirling representing University of Edinburgh finished the 4th counter to ensure Edinburgh retained the Men’s team trophy.
The women’s race was a clearer affair and produced a new winner in Fiona Rudkin from Metro Aberdeen Running Club in 36.56 beating Glasgow Caledonian University’s Katie Bristow by 14seconds but she did, however, win the Women’s Scottish Student Championship. In third place for the second consecutive year in 37.26 was Lesley Chisholm from Garscube Harriers. First Falkirk Vic’s woman and winner of the Masters race was Beryl Junnier 39.19, closely followed by Megan Wright 39.40 and Tara Donnelly 42.19.
Falkirk Victoria Harriers finished third in the Senior Women’s race which was won by Portobello Running Club.
The prize for the first local lady non club athlete, donated by Allison Christie of Honey Bee Boutique, was won by Evelyn Ping.
With fun and charity runners continuing to pour across the finish line, the organising and support the event had received was evident. The Life Fit Physiotherapy team were on hand to provide a welcome post race massage to the weary athletes.
The promoters, Falkirk Victoria Harriers and Falkirk Community Trust, would like to thank major sponsors Life Fit Physiotherapy, Behind The Wall, Network Rail, Direct Rail Services, Bam Nuttall, Tesco, Run 4 It, Lucozade, McDonald’s,Booker and ASDA for their continuing support, and also the local police who ensured the runners could complete the course safely. In addition the club wants to recognise everyone who contributed in making the event a great success with special thanks to parents, members and helpers from the club, management and staff of Grangemouth Sports Stadium and St Andrews Ambulance personnel as without their support the race would not be the outstanding success that it has grown to be. Thanks go to all who helped on the day and Grangemouth division of Police Scotland for their tremendous support.