Published: 03/06/2018 06:00 - Updated: 31/05/2018 16:08

Runners ready for 'Touler test

Runners at the start of the Touler 10k in TomintoulENTRIES are being accepted for the fourth running of the multi-terrain Touler 10k.

Tomintoul's annual race, which takes in some breathtaking scenery, is staged on Sunday, June 17.

Contested over a mix of tarmac and track, with some slight inclines and declines, the event starts and finishes in the village.

Organiser Tony Birchall is hoping this year's race will attract a record entry.

"The route will take you down the famously beautiful Glen Avon with stunning views across to the Cairngorm mountains," he said.

The start and finish lines are within Tomintoul, with a water station halfway at Delavorar.

Registration on the day takes place at the Richmond Memorial Hall from noon.

"As in the previous years we are sponsored by our local business The Tomintoul Distillery, without who's support we would be unable to put on such a successful event," Birchall added.

"The course is an undulating course: one-quarter hard trail, remainder tarmac. In good conditions, a top club runner would win it in 32 to 33 minutes."

Last year's race was won by visiting Rugby and Northampton athlete Luke Robinson in a time of 36.44. Metro Aberdeen's Ben Ward was a minute behind in second while first lady runner home was Sally Wallis (Deeside Runners) in 41.39.

The course record is held by former Forres Harriers runner Gordon Lennox (34.31), and fastest female time was run by Moray Road Runners' Victoria Needham (39.46), both set in the second running of the event in 2016.

A total of 77 runners took part in each of the first two years, with the entry dropping to 60 last year due to conflicting competitions.

Organisers say good, well-supported road shoes are adequate for the terrain. The usual radio and medical back-up will be in place.

Changing, where required, is available in the main hall with separate male and female toilets. There are further public toilets close by.

Registration must be completed by 1.30pm for a 2pm start.

Registration and presentation and after race refreshments will also be in the main hall.

For more information on entry, previous results and the race route visit www.touler10k.co.uk

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