Westport Slog runners cooled by brisk breeze

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Athletes braved wind-chill induced sub-zero air temperatures as they blew away the Christmas cobwebs.

A compact field of two dozen runners assembled at 11am on Boxing day.

It was possibly the best ever 10k race, in the Slog in the Sand series, in, at times bright sun, on reasonably firm sand, despite the bitter headwind on the return leg.

A good sized group of spectators watched including a lone surfer and camerawoman collecting footage for TV series Highland Midwives.

Times were quicker than last year and the order at the top was reversed with Stuart McGeachy, 37.26 knocking Garry Muir, 38.27 into second place by a good 01.01 margin, Drew Dutton, 40.59 was third.

There were two more men before the first woman, Jennifer Martin, 43.15 nearly seven minutes ahead of second placed Elaine Cameron, 50.00 who beat Elaine McGeachy, 50.47, by 47 seconds.

The full results are as follows: Stuart McGeachy 37.26; Garry Muir 38.27; Drew Dutton 40.59; Ewan Smith 42.15; Craig Armour 42.30; Jennifer Martin 43.15; James Murdoch 45.35; Tommy Morran 46.56; Jimmy Anderson 47.06; Archie Johnstone 47.26; Paul McWilliams 47.30; John Teesdale 48.04; James Armour 48.36; Sandy McLean 49.55; Elaine Cameron 50.00; Elaine McGeachy 50.47; Amy McIntosh 51.57; Alan Reid 52.48; Neil John McPhail 52.48; Hugh Teesdale 53.38; Sarah McFadzean 54.11; Ian Cameron 55.17; Gavin Brown 65.43; Margaret Sinclair 66.49.

Overall winner Stuart McGeachy passes surfer Dougie Taylor on the expanse of Westport beach. 25_c52slog201716

Racing through the surf. 25_c52slog201714

Womens’ winner Jennifer Martin. 25_c52slog201705

Evergreen Margaret Sinclair. 25_c52slog201710

One runner took to the sea without a surfboard. 25_c52slog201712