Carradale Canter’s first canine champion

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By Mark Davey

A four legged 5k runner made Carradale history as she led her puffed out owner across the line in the 4th Canter.

In last Sunday’s race, ‘Lola,’ (00:53:16) a Manchester terrier from Maghull, Liverpool became the first official dog, complete with race number, to finish the Carradale Canter.

Lola’s finish was overshadowed by a marshaling error which caused the U16 5K winner and second overall, Kyle Paterson, to miss a turn and have to retrace his steps to the finishing line.

Campbeltown Running Club’s (CRC) Stewart Ireland (00:24:26) was the first man home in that race and but for the signing error Paterson would have been hot on his heels.

He eventually finished in 00:29:40 with the consolation of beating Ruairidh Campbell who finished on 00:30:19.

First lady 5K finisher and 4th overall was CRC’s U16 Kirstie Renton 00:30:25.

In the headline 10K race perennial favourite, CRC runner Stuart McGeachy took the honours admitting it had been a hard race. Perhaps the more so as the previous day he had cycled 70 miles in the five ferries challenge and spent a few hours at the Arran whisky festival.

First lady 10k runner was Glasgow University Hares and Hounds member Rebecca Neilson on 00:47:41.

Lola’s owner, Baptist minister Keith Parr, who has a holiday home in the village, said: ‘5K is the furthest ‘Lola’ has run and it was my first time but I aim to make it an annual experience.’

No records were broken at the sweltering event which saw 36 runners compete for 5K glory.

More than 40 athletes battled across the 10K course for trophies donated by international Carradale firm Jewellery Casting Scotland, spot prizes of Springbank whisky  and unique tee shirts.

‘Neenie’ MacDougall Security kept everyone on their toes. He was instrumental in making sure a red Audi car did not block the finish line which seemed a possibility after the first few runners had crossed the line.

For more pictures of the Canter see pages 10 and 11.

‘Lola’ leads Keith Parr to the line. 25_c27canter06_canine

A well deserved rest for ‘Lola’ with owner  Keith Parr. 25_c27canter04_1st_ever_dog