Junior runners smash records despite rain

Seven to eight-year-old boys racing into action.

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Rain failed to dampen the spirits of those competing in this year’s junior Mull of Kintyre Run (MOKRUN) races, with four course records being broken.

The precipitation almost resulted in Saturday’s races, run almost completely on grass at Kinloch Park, being called off but organisers decided at the last minute that they would go ahead.

In her final junior race, Ella McGregor from Giffnock broke her own record in the girls’ 12 to 14 age category, completing her race in seven minutes and 19 seconds.

Campbeltown produced its own record-breakers, with Murray Mackay setting a new course record of one minute, 59 seconds in the  boys’ five to six age category, with Emma Johnston also breaking the record in the girls’ category of the same age, in a time of two minutes and three seconds. Kirstie Renton smashed the record in the girls’ nine to 11 age group, coming home in three minutes, 39 seconds.

The five to six-year-olds and seven to eight-year-olds completed 500m, the nine to 11-year-olds completed 1km and the 12 to 14-year-olds completed 2km.

The youngsters completed a warm-up before each race led by Amy Armour and Jenna McIntosh. The race mascot, MOKCOO, not only joined in with the warm-up but also cheered the racers on around the track.

Each race was started by Commonwealth judo and wrestling champions Fiona and Donna Robertson, who are originally from Campbeltown.

Prizes were presented by Lorraine Dalziel on behalf of Jewson and Robert Coffield on behalf D McNair and Son.

For more on MOKRUN, see the sports pages.

MOKRUN junior results: Age five to six: Boys: 1 Murray Mackay, 1.59, Campbeltown; 2 Millar Mackay, 2.07, Campbeltown; 3 Evan Hunter, 2.13, Campbeltown. Girls: 1 Emma Johnston, 2.03, Campbeltown; 2 Ayla Bell, 2.13, Uddingston; 3 Abbie Nimmo, 2.14, Beith. Age seven to eight: Boys: 1 Charlie Weems, 1.53, Wimslow; 2 Craig MacMillan, 1.55, Campbeltown; 3 Charley Gilchrist, 1.55, Campbeltown. Girls: 1 Elena McEachran, 1.55, Campbeltown; 2 Floraidh Robinson, 1.57, Edinburgh; 3 Lucy McFadzean, 1.58, Campbeltown. Age nine to 11: Boys: 1 Keiran Blair, 3.37, Tarbert; 2 Hector Robinson, Edinburgh; 3 Robert Kerr, 3.46, Campbeltown. Girls: 1 Kirstie Renton, 3.39, Campbeltown; 2 Niamh Quinn, 3.41, Campbeltown; 3 Emma Millar, 3.55, Campbeltown. Age 12 to 14: Boys: 1 Jude Dolan, 6.48, Greenock; 2 Kyle Paterson, 6.53, Campbeltown; 3 Ryan Shields, 7.21, Campbeltown. Girls: 1 Ella McGregor, 7.19, Giffnock; 2 Zoe Barbour, 9.13, Strathaven; 3 Emma Cameron, 10.43, Edinburgh.