Fast foot into2018
Local boys and girls come out on top in races
Blairgowrie’s New Year’s Day Fun Run and Walk on Monday attracted over 400 participants from across the UK and has been hailed by organisers as another big success.
Around 240 runners and 170 walkers took part in the event, relishing the chance to start the new year in an energetic fashion - including the McLean and Strachan families (pictured here).
Blairgowrie’s annual New Year’s Day Fun Run and Walk attracted a number of participants from across Scotland – with local winners in the boys and girls races.
In total, there were 119 competitors in the mens race and 83 competitors in the ladie’ race, as well as 10 competitors in the girls race, and 24 in the boys.
This year the mens race was won by Euan Rose from Glasgow University in a time of 20 minutes 47 seconds. In second place was Robert Harrison from Rattray, a member of Monifieth Triathlon Club, in a time of 21 minutes 38 seconds, and in third place was Fraser Matthews from Blairgowrie - the winner of the boys race last year - who finished in a time of 22 minutes 27 seconds in his first year in the mens’ race.
In the ladies race, the winner was Chantel Clark from Dundee who completed the route in a time of 25 minutes and 25 seconds.
Second place went to Kirsty Reynolds who runs with Dundee Hawkhill Harriers and finished in 26 minutes and 26 seconds, while in third place, was fellow Dundee Hawkhill runner Amy Mollison in 27 minutes 23 seconds.
In the boys race, the Matthews boys continued their dominance with Ross Matthews winning in a time of 26 minutes 35 seconds, and in the girls race Emily Gilmore from Blairgowrie made it two in a row finishing in first place for the second year running.
Her time this year was 36 minutes 25 seconds.
A number of running clubs were represented at the event, including Perth Road Runners, Dundee Road Runners, Dundee Hawkhill Harriers, Forfar Road Runners, Fife Athletics Club, Perth Triathlon Club, Five Star Active, Vegan Runners UK, Falkland Trail Runners, and Dunblane Runners.
1 Euan Rose (Glasgow University) 20m47s; 2 Robert Harrison (Monifieth Triathlon Club) 21m38s; 3 Fraser Matthews (Blairgowrie) 22m27s; 4 Duncan Ryan (Perth Road Runners) 22m29s; 5 Graham Brown (Dundee Road Runners) 22m50s; 6 Javier Perez Cuevas (Rattray) 23m24s; 7 Kevin Riddell (Perth) 23m30s; 8 Anthony Cude (Norfolk) 23m45s; 9 Alan Welsh (Forfar Road Runner) 24m06s; 10 Steven Dick (Arbroath) 24m34s.
1 Chantel Clark (Dundee) 25m25s; 2 Kirsty Reynolds (Dundee Hawkhill Harriers) 26m26s; 3 Amy Mollison (Dundee Hawkhill Harriers) 27m23; 4 Mandy Scott (Perth) 28m6s; 5 Eilidh Reynolds (Dundee) 28m39s; 6 Erin Hamilton (Scone) 28m57s, 7 Angie Mackenzie (Forfar Road Runners) 29m3s; 8 Deborah Kenward (Forfar Road Runners) 29m24s; Marti Redford (Vegan Runners) 29s28s; 10 Donna Pass (Forfar Road Runners) 29m48s.
Top trio The first three male runners, from left, Euan Rose, Robert Harrison from Rattray and Fraser Matthews from Blairgowrie
Ready for the off Ross, Fraser and Kieran Matthews and Rory Clark
Big crowd There was a good turnout for the 34th annual event