Canter runners quickstep across Carradale

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Nearly 100 athletes crammed Carradale’s roads and byways for the Canter’s third running.

An hour earlier, in what has become a slick operation, marshals were briefed, at Carradale primary school, by race organiser Alan Milstead. In the half-hour leading up to the start a frisson of excitement ran through the competitors and amazingly the sun kept shining.

Spectators, gathered above the harbour, cheered and one even managed to make a time lapse video, as a smaller field than last year chased up the first hill away from the sea.

For once the rain held off and runners experienced the 5K and 10K courses dry underfoot with a cooling breeze. The summery weather encouraged many to stay for the prizegiving.

Although clearly some left, as, for the first time this year, there were three spot prizes, of specially bottled whisky, based on entry numbers and twice three numbers were read out before a winner was found.

The many sponsors included Campbeltown Tesco, Scotmid, Co-op and J M Breckenridge Fruit Wholesalers  of Oban provided the oranges.

Carradale business Jewellery Casting Scotland provided the trophies and the village’s surgery sponsored the medals.

Favours are pulled in from everywhere and, in a first this year, Tiso Outdoor became a major sponsor.

The firm, originally set up by the late mountaineer Graham Tiso, commissioned a tea towel, showing a map of the route, which was £6 to buy but included in competitors’ goody bags.

Organiser Alan Milstead said: ‘The weather was great and we sold all the burgers we could. Many runners seemed very appreciative of the event and thanked the volunteers. Roll on 2018.’

Full 10K times are as follows: 1 Nicholas Gemmell 38:35, 2 Ewan Dudding 39:27, 3 Dominic Sharkey 39:56, 4 Jennifer Reid 44:31, 5 Brian Robertson 45:21, 6 Darren Renton 46:00, 7 Johnny Girvan 46:50, 8 Charlie Anderson 48:23, 9 Elaine Cameron 49:11, 10 Sarah McFadzean 49:32, 11 Trudy Kennedy 50:49, 12 Susan Turner 52:10, 13 Danni Goldsack 52:41, 14 Lorraine MacDonald 52:48, 15 Archie Cook 52:59, 16 Malcolm McMillan 53:07, 17 Di Ralston 53:20, 18 Sandra Black 53:34, 19 Efric McNeil 53:38, 20 Neil MacPhail 54:38, 21 Graham Ramsay 55:08, 22 Trevor Scott-Dodd 56:12, 23 David Croft 56:25, 24 Eilidh Girvan 56:42, 25 Margaret Sinclair 57:20, 26 Gordon West 57:55, 27 Kirsteen Challoner 58:02, 28 Janet Scott-Dodd 58:30, 29 Lyn MacInnes 59:20, 30 Laura Paterson 01:00:18, 31 Carol Brown 01:00:19, 32 Rachel McGeachy 01:00:35, 33 Laura Helliwell 01:01:04, 34 Karen Adams 01:01:05, 35 Deborah Robertson 01:01:17, 36 Lorna Macmillan 01:01:21, 37 Jillian Plenderleith 01:01:57, 38 Aileen Galvin 01:03:52, 39 Lynn McMillan 01:04:03, 40 Lindsay Ramsay 01:05:16, 41 Sarah Southwick 01:05:34, 21 Stuart Simon 01:07:27, 43 Elizabeth McKenzie 01:09:02, 44 Emma Macalister Hall 01:11:09, 45 Cara MacInnes 01:12:11, 46 Monica Gemmill 01:12:36, 47 Katie Robertson 01:15:49.

Full 5K times are as follows: 1 Elliott Gemmill 23:54, 2 Stewart Ireland 24:25, 3 Ralph Hill 24:34, 4 Euan Charlwood 24:44, 5 Cara Gorman 24:55, 6 Sandy Mclean 25:03, 7 Andrew Renton 25:53, 8 Lorraine MacPherson 26:10, 9 William Mclean 29:56, 10 Kirstie Renton 30:25, 11 Gemma Rendall 32:03, 12 Caryn Kerr 32:32, 13 Fiona Mitchell 32:32, 14 Arran Forbes 32:35, 15 Elaine McGeachy 32:55, 16 Katie Hasson 33:07, 17 Jasmine Kolibska 34:08, 18 Emma Borthwick 34:16, 19 Jacqui McDonald 34:39, 20 Elizabeth Graham 35:01, 21 Catriona Newman 35:11, 22 Heather Hockey 35:43, 23 Holly Anderson 35:53, 24 Laura Cameron 35:58, 25 Lauren MacKinnon 37:09, 26 Chloe Croft 37:21, 27 Katherine Macpherson 37:29, 28 Kate Cameron 37:30, 29 Annette McMillan 38:12, 30 Elizabeth Young 38:25, 31 Nicole Harvey 39:01, 32 John Docherty 39:01, 32 Nancy Hope 39:10, 33 Elizabeth Marrison 39:43, 34 Linda Peacock 39:43, 35 Denise Macindeor 40:28, 36 Lucy Jayne Duberley 40:42, 37 Jill Slater 41:33, 38 Laura McAllister 41:46, 39 Liz McKillop 42:06, 40 Isla Stirling 42:11, 41 Fiona Stirling 42:11, 42 Jessica Mccrae 42:58, 43 Elizabeth Ireland 43:19, 44 Marjorie Leighton 43:36, 45 Christine Mitchell 43:36, 46 Lesley Freeman 43:57, 47 Gayle Durnin 44:22, 48 Catherine McLean 44:23, 49 Fardusa Saeed 01:07:00.

The Canter marshals. 25_c26canter27_marshalls

Carradale character Neeny was given a personalised reflective vest. 25_c26canter21_neeny

Volunteers: Stephen Reed, Ian McGhie, Karen Coole and Donald Nicholson prepare food. 25_c26canter13_foodprep

Meg Field supports the wild swimming group. 25_c26canter12_wildswimmerposter

The 10K start. 25_c26canter02_10K_start

Runners at the rear of the field starting the 10K race. 25_c26canter07_10K_start6

Young runners at the front for the 5K start. 25_c26canter09_5K_start2

Runners at the rear of the field start the 5K. 25_c26canter11_5K_start4

First athlete home and 5K winner, Elliot Gemmill, 14, holds his finisher’s medal. 25_c26canter01_elliot_genmmill

Cara Gorman takes the women’s 5K victory. 25_c26canter15_1stwomanin5k_cara_gorman

10K winner Nicholas Gemmell crosses the line. 25_c26canter28_1st10k_Nicholas_Gemmell

Women’s 10K winner Jennifer Reid. 25_c26canter26_jenniferreid

The Canter’s prizewinners. 25_c26canter25_prizewinners

Runners eat a wide variety of food after the Canter. Trevor Scott-Dodd makes short work of an orange. 25_c26canter22_finisher’sfood1 Margaret Sinclair prefers a crispy. 25_c26canter23_finisher’sfood2 but for Lorna Mcmillan it had to be a burger. 25_c26canter24_finisher’sfood3

 

 

 

 

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