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Stirling Sports & Outdoors: 6 reviews and 8 photos
The City of Stirling 10K is a mass-participation road race which has been held for the last 5 years. This year's race, in September 2006, was the first in which I have taken part (although I have been running intermittently (and slowly) for the last few years).
The course is virtually flat, good for first-timers and personal bests, though it is fair to say it doesn't fully harness the grandeur and history of Stirling. Which would however require some steep hills. Instead, it starts and finishes at Forthbank, outside the football ground, with the lead out past the sewage works and the army base. So strange smells, barbed wire and large guns ahoy. Then the route skirts a large and empty car park and a 'development site' (ie more or less wasteground). Have I sold this to you yet ;-? It does improve then, passing through Riverside, across the Forth, through the quaint village of Cambuskenneth, beneath the Wallace Monument, and back through Causewayhead (past the B&B zone) towards the Castle, then back by the Forth towards the artillery and aromas, to the stadium.
No pictures of the race itself ( I was too busy running!). First pic is somewhere you will pass, at about 5K. The second is some trees near the stadium, I just liked the colours. Though since the pictures were taken April and October, they'll look different on raceday.
Oh, and my time was 58.17 (self-timed) - hardly a leading performance (I did say I run slowly) but, as I could barely train before due to a chest infection, I was well pleased with it.
If you are interested in running, see bpacker's album about her years journey from VT-foodie and sometimes jogger to marathon runner.
Directions: Ample parking at the stadium or the retail park opposite. From Glasgow or Edinburgh, follow route to Alloa from Pirnhall roundabout.
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