As the morning sun fell upon the stunning Strathclyde Loch on Sunday morning, hundreds of women gathered close by in the WR10K event village, to warm up for the 5K and 10K races. Returning to Strathclyde Park for a second year, the WR10K Glasgow race, once again, saw swarms of animated runners attack the course with bags of enthusiasm, bringing a lively and friendly atmosphere to this women-only event. The race village was alive with activity, with lots to see, sample and buy from partners Alzheimer Scotland, Skechers, bellum active and Everything But The Cow. The morning kicked off with a series of interviews on stage, beginning with a chat to 50-minute pacer Vikki Agnew, to discuss her pacing duties. Opting to keep an eye on her trusty TomTom GPS, while listening to her breathing, as her two main pacing tactics to bring the ladies home in 50 minutes, she certainly delivered. Stepping over the line in 50mins dead, Vikki was thrilled to have fulfilled her job role with such painstaking precision. And she certainly set an example. Just 5mins 1sec behind her was 55-minute pacer Julia Loecherbach, missing out on the pacer prize by just one second! We also heard from Alzheimer Scotland fundraiser, Emily Coltman, who shared with us the devastating affect that dementia has had on her family, and her determination to do all she can to stop other families going through this same experience. Emily Coltman, who has raised £300 for the charity, received a huge applaud, rousing cheers of support for her fundraising efforts and inspiring words. As the start time grew closer, the atmosphere continued to build – particularly when judo Commonwealth gold medallists and Everything But The Cow ambassadors Kimberley and Louise Renicks took to the stage to lead their rousing warm-up. The 5K runners were first off along the sunny Strathclyde Loch, with Clare Bethell taking the lead to bring it home in 26mins 27secs. Christine Kibble, a Confectioner from Glasgow, was first over the line in the 10K event in 43mins 39secs. Christine, who is training for the Great Scottish Run in October, was thrilled to have been placed first. “I never expected to come first in the event today,” she said, “but then, running is full of surprises!” Home second was nurse practioner Lynne Danskin, who crossed the line in 44mins 45secs. Lynne, who pounded over the finish line with a beaming smile, told us that after coming fifth in the event last year, her husband had challenged her to be placed in the top three. She said: “I’m so pleased I came second. I’ve not been placed in a race since school! “My husband was teasing me saying, ‘You’re going to get better than last year, and I was saying, ‘No I won’t because I haven’t been doing any speed training!’” Lisa Major, a Post Woman from Glasgow, was next to follow Lynne over the line in 45mins 11secs. Lisa is training for the Glasgow Half marathon and was happy to have been placed in the top three 10K runners, as an important training run for the event. “I’m feeling absolutely fantastic! My time wasn’t quite a PB but not far off!” Also pleased with her time was 18-year-old Amy Meclennen, who commented that the race-day atmosphere definitely played a part in spurring her along. “The atmosphere was great, it was very lively for a Sunday morning!” For 10K runner Lesley Sheridan, who is taking part in the event as a series of charity challenges, involving walking 26 miles of The West Highland Way and climbing Ben Lomond, it was the friendly feel of the event that drew her back for a second time this year. She said: “This is always a great race. Because it’s all women, I think everyone has less inhibitions; they’re more likely to chat to each other and it just feels more local and homley!” Here’s what some of you said about Sunday’s race on Twitter.
— Melody Lee (@TechnoGothGirl) August 30, 2015