Over three hundred runners took the rural roads around Kirkintilloch and Lenzie on Sunday morning for the annual Kirkintilloch Olympians club race, the 12.5k.
An unusual distance on a very commanding route. It’s either ascending or descending with very little flat parts.
Girvan runner Kerry-Liam Wilson had a good tussle with clubmate Robert Gilroy from the start, each taking their turns in front with Gilroy much faster on the descends but each time Kerry-Liam drawing him back in on the ascends.
But by the seven km mark on the steepest descent Gilroy opened enough of a gap to keep the lead and secure victory in 41:08.
Kerry-Liam was just fifteen seconds adrift in 41:23, which in fact was seven seconds faster than his winning time from last year. More luck was to follow for the Cambuslang duo as club mate Chris Upson secured the team prize for them.
Kerry-Liam added: “I didn’t cut down on my training by much this week. I ran 95 miles and maybe in the last km I felt the legs heavy but again that could just have been the undulations of the course so happy with the performance.”