MEMBERS of the Wee County Harriers are back up and running as they prepare for their first full race in 18 months.

Clacks athletes have been able to plan their Cambus Quarter Race as coronavirus restrictions continue to ease.

The two-loop race will be held on Sunday August 29 at 10.15am, with race registration between 8.45-9.45am.

Runners will tackle the 6.5-mile route from the centre of Cambus and then through farmland following the River Forth, while the second loop will take them through the Campus Pools Nature Reserve and Blackrange.

The main event will be the adult race followed by a juniors race over one loop of the course, with prizes for first, second and third top finishing male and female runners.

Every racer will receive a souvenir, organisers have said.

The Harriers have will follow all rules and guidelines set out by Scottish Athletics and the Government and have planned for between 150-200 people to take pace in the adult race and 40-50 runners in the juniors.

Laura Powell, race director, told the Advertiser: "We just wanted to get everyone out running again and enjoying a family friendly event.

"Its going to be a really enjoyable event for everyone."

The Wee County runners did their best to stay together throughout the pandemic.

Laura continued: "We've done well to keep everyone motivated over lockdown.

"Although we couldn't meet we would chat on Tuesdays and Thursdays to post times about runs we had done on our own.

"As the restrictions eased we got to meet up in small groups but it will be good to see everyone again."

The Harriers have been aided by other members of the community, who have donated prizes and allowed the use of their property for the event to go ahead, alongside volunteer marshals and timekeepers on the day.

The Cambus Bowling Club has offered the Harriers use of their property for race registration and a potential BBQ after the races if restrictions allow.

Diageo in Alloa have also allowed use of their car park and have donated prizes to the race.

Farmer Drew McLaren has also agreed for his land to be used for part of the race.

Laura expressed the teams gratitude and added: "Thank you to all of our volunteers who have stepped forward to work on the day.

"Massive thanks to the Cambus Bowling Club, Diageo, Clacks Council and Drew McLaren for helping us make this possible."