The people of Dalmellington, along with keen sponsors, mindful marshalls and raring-to-go runners, supported the seventh annual Hillbilly 10k at the weekend.

Hundreds of sportspeople got their running shoes to take part in the popular race hosted by Butterfly Events - an Ayrshire-based voluntary organisation committed to arranging events in aid of Cancer Research UK - in a bid to raise thousands of pounds for the charity.

And on Sunday, October 10, they did just that. With participants donning kilts, others the famous Hillbilly buff and some even bringing their dogs along for the adventure, the event managed to raise an incredible £5,500.

Lorna and Brian of Butterfly Events said: “It was an amazing day. Everyone was so up for it and the comments we have both received before during and after have been outstanding.

“You have no idea how much this means to us both.

“We are so thrilled to be back face to face and so were our supporters and team.”

The athletic bunch set off from Craigengillan Estate entry at 11am then coursed through the village and past the waterfall, Dalcairny Lin.

Afterwards, participants and volunteers enjoyed a buffet back at Doon Valley Leisure Centre which was used as a base on the day.

There were no injuries and the results are as follows:1st place for local lady went to Debbie Given; 1st for local male went Ross McCulloch; 1st CANI fit went to Lindsay Johnstone.

Hillbilly royalty was even present on the day, with local man Stuart and six others running for their seventh year in a row.

Previously, Lorna told the Herald: “This is more that just a run, it has been described as ‘the best 10k event in Scotland’, which we are very proud of.”