Get ready for the Glen Scotia marathon!

The race begins at the Cutting.

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Following the success of the inaugural Glen Scotia Mull of Kintyre Marathon in 2017, it was decided the event would be biennial; so get ready for Glen Scotia 2019, which will be held on Saturday September 7 in Campbeltown.

The honour of winning the first event went to Campbeltown Running Club’s Stuart McGeachy in 3:06:09.  Ewan Smith, V50, was in second at 3:24:46, and first woman home was Jennifer Martin, 3:26:59, in third place, both also CRC members.

The entries are now closed with more than 100 runners; more than 50 people are tackling the full marathon; with 16 teams of two and 10 teams of four working as a relay – this is a larger field than 2017.

The official course measurer was in Campbeltown last week to certify the course and he described the second half as having ‘severe hills’, so this race is most definitely a challenge for all abilities of runners but they will be rewarded with the most amazing scenery of Kintyre.

The start and finish area will be at the Campbeltown Ferry Terminal and runners will be escorted to the official start line at the beginning of the old railway cutting for safety; runners must run on the pavement at all times where there is one.

The route is stunning: along the railway cutting, Limecraigs and Meadows Avenue, turning right down Tomaig Road before turning left towards Stewarton. The route remains on the pavement until the cross over at Stewarton and turning left for Southend.

From there runners follow the B842 on the right hand side of the road for approximately 10 miles until the Southend War Memorial. At this point runners turn right to go around the single-track road loop, heading past Dunaverty beach (toilet available) through Southend Village (running on pavement), turning right just after Low Machrimore Farm, which is the half-way point and relay swap, before heading towards the Learside.

Then it takes the lower Learside road towards Campbeltown, finishing along Kilkerran Road, next to the Quarry Green at the ferry terminal.

Timing is ‘gun to chip’ and run under Scottish Athletic rules; race number and timing chip will be provided at registration. No split times will be recorded for relay runners.

‘Glen Scotia Distillery has been fantastic and we have very unique medals this year that I’m sure all participants will be very happy to receive,’ said Elaine McGeachy from the running club. There will be bottles of Glen Scotia whisky on offer as prizes also for overall winners, category winners and teams.’

The first marathon was such a success that it is our pleasure, and a privilege, to support the event once again,’ said Iain McAlister from Glen Scotia Distillery.

The other sponsors are Tunnocks who are providing caramel wafers for all participants and marshals. Argyll Bakeries will be at the ferry terminal with teas, coffees, soup and rolls for all runners and helpers.

Elaine added the club’s thanks to Campbeltown Fire Service and Coastguard who will provide first aid and marshalling around some of the route.

‘We would welcome the local community to come out and show support like they always do for events and cheer the runners home to the finish line,’ she said. ‘If anyone who stays around the course would like to help marshal please get in touch.’

The marathon’s route. NO_c34marathon01

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Stuart McGeachy won the inaugural Glen Scotia MOK Marathon in 2017. 25_c13marathon19

The race begins at the Cutting. 25_c13marathon26

Even the hilly sections towards the end of the race didn’t stop runners like Ewan Smith smiling for the camera. 20_c13marathon19