MORE than a hundred athletes from as far afield as New Zealand descended on Arrochar on Saturday for the village's 10K race.

But the field was left trailing in the dust as overall winner David Savage smashed the course record in style, crossing the finish line in 36 minutes and ten seconds – more than a minute and a half ahead of his nearest rival.

David, representing Cambuslang Harriers, didn't pause to admire the views on one of Scotland's most scenic 10K race routes, which took runners on a combination of forestry tracks and roadside pavements around the Glen Loin loop, the Cobbler path and Ardgartan.

Runner-up David Fenwick of Dumbarton Amateur Athletic Club finished in 38 minutes and 47 seconds, while the first lady runner, Simone Charnock, posted a time of 43:38, 25 seconds ahead of another Dumbarton athlete, Vigil Marie Garcia.

The Arrochar race was resurrected last year after a gap of almost 70 years – and such was the success of the 2016 event that every place on the increased entry list this year – up from 120 to 150 – was snapped up weeks in advance.

After the presentation of the prizes in the Three Villages Hall on Saturday, Dawn Gourlay, who led the organisation of the race with her husband Norman, said: “It was a big success again. One or two runners didn't make it on the day but it was still a fantastic event. We can't wait till next year!”

Other prize winners were as follows.

First male veteran (40-49) – Alan Campbell, 41:54.

First female veteran (35-49) – Fiona King (Clydesdale Harriers), 49:02.

First male veteran (50+) - Ewan Smith (Campbeltown Running Club), 43:30.

First female veteran (50+) - Jean McLennan (Dunoon Hill Runners), 54:26.

First local male – Mindaugas Brazdzius, 43:51.

First local female – Anna Wynne, 58:18.

First ex-local male – John Kelly (Cambuslang Harriers) 52:42.

First ex-local female and youngest competitor: Ruth Kelly (Cambuslang Harriers), 52:41.

Furthest travelled racer – Stuart Hathaway (New Zealand), 51:30.

Before the prize-giving ceremony Norman Gourlay thanked the many local businesses who supported the event through sponsorship or the donation of prizes for the winners.