Campbeltown runner smashes Taynish 10K record

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Campbeltown athletes racked  up records racing at Taynish 10k and cross country, writes Colin MacFarlane.

Jennifer Martin took more than four minutes off the ladies 10K course record winning in 41.34.

Jennifer was followed by Sandra Houldsworth, originally from Lochgilphead, in  45.21 and Laura Thomson from Ardrishaig in a great time of 49.53.

Campbeltown’s Drew Dutton was first home and smashed the men’s 10K course record by two and half minutes in 37.07.

Drew was followed by Lochgilphead’s David Carey in 39.07 and Robert Snodgrass from Bridge of Weir in 40.41.

Fewer places look as stunning as Argyll in the sunshine and the 62 runners who participated in Saturday’s MacMillan Cancer Support races were treated to breath taking scenery from the off.

It wasn’t only the temperature that was hot, the paces set on both the 10K and the Cross County were blistering, and the runners soon left Tayvallich Village far behind as they entered into Taynish National Nature Reserve.

The Cross Country runners headed off road, up and over the Barr Mhor, a steep climb which the main sponsor Taylor and Wishart Scaffolding Ltd would have needed several lifts to equal.

The 10k runners shot down the spine road absorbing the scents and sounds of the reserve, seeming to relish any hill that dared slow them down.

The cross country race saw a great duel between Campbeltown’s Stuart McGeachy, who entered the race hot off a 34 minute 10K at Helenburgh two nights before, and Greg Glendinning, a late entrant from Glasgow.

Even on tired legs Stuart managed to find that little bit extra and was able to pull away from Greg in the latter stages of the race, crossing the line in 48.54.

Greg followed in 49.29, and Ardrishaig’s Stephen Whiston took a great third place in 52.18.

Former race winner, Mary McCutcheon, tore around the course, desperate to get her hands on that special Midton Acrylic trophy.

Keeping the top gents firmly in her sights she finished in 54.03; that’s two wins and a second place now for Mary at one of her favourite races.

Johana Mackova from Fort William took second place in a time of 62.37, followed by Morven MacLean form Glasgow in 67.37.

Runners and spectators retreated to the shade of the village hall for the fresh baking and refreshments provided by Mid Argyll MacMillan Group.

Race coordinators Carys and Colin MacFarlane thanked all participants, coffee morning attendees, marshals and supporters who helped raise £1,300 for Macmillan.

The race sponsors were: Taylor and Wishart Scaffolding, Midton Acrylics, SNH, Mid Argyll Rotary and Round Table, Riverside Garage, Mid Argyll Triathlon and Cycle Club and Liam and Patti’s Medals.

The afternoon’s events ended with resounding applause for Christopher McCartan who had piped all the runners out and back in from the Costa Del Taynish.

Runners are piped away at the start of the Taynish run.  NO_c20taynishrun02_Taynish_ Start

Tough uphill running in Taynis. NO_c20taynishrun01_Taynish_ running_up_that_hill

Campbeltown’s Ralph Hill in action. NO_C20taynishrun04_Ralphy

Lyn McInnes out on the course. NO_c20taynishrun03_Lyn MacInnes