Run gets festival off to flying start

Seasoned harriers mixed with joggers in fancy dress as the Bothwell Scarecrow Festival kicked off with a race and a fun run on Sunday.

A 10km event saw competitors tackle a two-lap course taking in the Castle Policies and Uddingston Road while fun runners made do with one 5km lap.

Fun runners in Bothwell. Picture: Rodger Price.

Fun runners in Bothwell. Picture: Rodger Price.

First to cross the 10km finish line at Bothwell Primary School was Hamilton athlete Robert Gilroy, one of Scotland’s leading distance runners and a regular winner of road races throughout the country.

Hamilton Harriers, who are based at Uddingston Cricket and Sports Club, use the course for their midweek training sessions so their members were very much at home.

One of them, Andy McLinden, from Bothwell, might now be in the over-60 age category, but he showed the younger competitors how it’s done by finishing second overall.

The 5k winner was another Hamilton Harrier, teacher Dave Adams.

The event was organised by the Rotary Club of Bothwell and Uddingston, and sponsored by Uddingston garage W Livingstone Ltd.

There were prizes for the best fancy dress entrants and money raised will go to Yorkhill Hospital and local charities.

Pictures: Rodger Price