The Newtonmore 10 mile road race was held on Saturday 20th March. Around 100 runners from all over Scotland took part in the race on an out and back course from Newtonmore through Kingussie to Lynchat.
The race was organised by the Newtonmore Business Association with several of its members providing fantastic spot prizes such as accommodation and outdoor activity vouchers as well as providing a wonderful post-race spread of tea, sandwiches and home-baking which was served to the competitors at the prize giving by the local Brownies.
The men's race was won by Tony Jackson of Perth Road Runners and the first lady home was Ali Hughes of Metro Aberdeen Running Club.
The top spot prize of Dinner, B&B plus a canoeing trip and luxury pamper session woth a total of over £300.00, was donated by David & Jude Craig at "The Beeches". However not many people left empty handed due to the generosity of many NBA members.
Every runner also received either a bottle of Wildcat Ale donated by Cairngorm Brewery (in keeping with Newtonmore's wildcat theme) or a miniature of Stag's Breath Liqueur, donated by Newtonmore based Meikles of Scotland, together with a set of stirrup cups donated by the Harris Tweed shop in Newtonmore.
Highland Council provided part of the funding towards the staging of the event and several local organisations provided marshals to help with road safety, time-keeping etc. Many of the runners commented on how well the course was marshalled, with the help of the police, as well as the overall organisation of the event with many of them promising to return next year.
Newtonmore Pipe Band was on hand to pipe the runners off at the start of the race in addition to piping each and every one back in.
In addition to the main event there was a 2-mile fun run on Saturday, which was made possible with the help of school pupils from Badenoch & Strathspey High School. The school is running a Malawi project, which will benefit from proceeds from the race.
On the social side of the weekend, there was a Friday night pasta party in the Braeriach Hotel and, on Saturday evening, a ceilidh splendidly organised by the Newtonmore Village Hall Committee and Newtonmore Shinty Club.
All in all it was a most enjoyable weekend which the organisers hope will bring a welcome boost to visitor numbers to the village. The Newtonmore Business Association would like to thank all those who turned out to help or take part and made this such a successful event.