The 2017 Cumbernauld 10k took place on Sunday 17th September, with a bumper crowd of 850 runners taking part in the event. This race has become a highlight of my running year, thanks to its flat, fast course, cumulating in a 100m sprint into Broadwood stadium to finish at the centre circle.
Almost perfect running conditions greeted us in Cumbernauld, with nice cool conditions and little to no breeze. Myself and Lynsey were representing the Harriers, and there was family bragging rights up for grabs in the Coulter household as my mum took part in her first ever running event after joining the local jogscotland over the past few months.
I hadn’t done much speed work this summer due to some injuries, so I knew I was quite a bit away from last year when I ran a PB here. Despite this, I decided to take off at normal race pace and see how long I could hang in for. This resulted in reasonably fast 5k, followed by a slump where I genuinely thought I might have to walk, before finally picking it up for the last km and finishing in 41.36. Over a minute slower than last year, but I was reasonably happy with this given my lack of training. Bragging rights are reserved for my mum who managed round in in a brilliant 77.31, well under her 90 mins target and thoroughly enjoying the experience. Congratulations also to Lynsey who ran a brilliant sub-50 race.
The race was won by Robert Gilroy in 31.46, and first female was Julie Beveridge from Calderglen Harriers in 39.26.
Maryhill Harrier results
69th Scott Coulter – 41.36
252nd Lynsey Parker – 49.01
809th Teresa Coulter (Guest Harrier) – 01.17.31