Cheering crowds back MOK Run racers

Former Courier reporter John McCallum races to the line in the MOK Run 10K.

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The winner of last year’s ladies 10K race went one better this year, winning the half marathon.

In blisteringly hot conditions, but with a cooling breeze last Sunday, Bellahouston Harrier Susan McRitchie’s 01:32:27 win was one of many personal achievements, which included a new men’s 10K record by Matthew Turner in 33.18.

McRitchie said: ‘I love the beach, it is really worth travelling all the miles from Glasgow.’

At the finish, Turner said: ‘The last couple of miles were the toughest, when I upped the pace.

‘It was the hottest and windiest race I have run and this is a new personal best.’

Turner was followed by Colin Reilly (33:48) and Garry Muir (35:21).
Campbeltown’s Jennifer Martin won the ladies’ 10K in 40:20, followed by Natalie Sharp (43:19) and Hazel Barr (45:03).

Martin also commented on the wind and heat, and said her hardest stretch was near Jock’s Boat.

Another Bellahouston Harrier, Jack Arnold (01:16:49), repeated his half marathon win of last year. He was five seconds slower but beat all the Kintyre favourites.

Kieran Cooper (01:19:46) was the second half marathoner home, followed by Campbeltown Running Club’s Stuart McGeachy (01:21:49).

Second lady home in the half marathon was Dumbarton AAC’s Lindsey Currie (01:34:07), with Saya Sheridan third in 01:38:24.

Men’s half marathoner, South Cheshire Harriers’ Steven Crowe (01:30:12), made a point of thanking the ladies’ winner, McRitchie, at the finish, for stopping to encourage him to continue when he was going to quit.

During the prize presentations Jog Scotland Campbeltown’s Elizabeth Young (02:59:53)completed her first half marathon to a huge cheer.

Special entry, Peter Waugh, completed his 13th half marathon in as many months in memory of his mother, who listed Kintyre among her favourite places.

The back of Waugh’s running vest listed his 13 races and said: ‘For mum and the heroic staff at St Joseph’s hospice – thank you!’