Fourth at the First: Tilli 10k

What makes the brand-new Tilli 10k an excellent race?


  • The course is a fast, flat out-and-back with a long loop turn-around; one for a good time.
  • The course is also an idyllic meander through the woods by the river if you’re in to that sort of thing.
  • The start is 20ft away from the registration-hall, you can warm up then stay warm.
  • Today at least there was what they call a ‘strong field’ in attendance.
  • No goody-bag, everyone gets a bottle of beer instead.
  • Pies for all finishers.


After a quick start marathon-man Robbie Simpson, Canadian hot-shot Kevin Blackney and strong Dundonian James Donald soon sped away to fight for the podium-places. I found myself in 10thplace and settled in to keeping an even pace.


I slowly worked my way up the field and by 5km was tailing the second-fastest group. They faltered a bit at 6km and I made a move to nip past and establish as much of a lead as possible. The last 4km or so were fair windy and I was drained by 9km. I was just hoping no-one would try and take my place because there wasn’t much I could’ve done to stop them.


I crossed the line in 4thwith a 2s PB. Not quite as fast as I’d hoped but I raced well and was happy with the placing.


The Tilli 10k is brilliant – to be recommended.

  1. Robbie Simpson (Deeside) 30:44

4. James Callender 33:42


Photo Credit – FishyGordon (Captures the shorts at their bluest.)

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