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Many Kintyre runners will be disappointed to have missed out on the 2020 Slog in the Sand which usually takes runners on a Boxing Day sprint along Westport beach.
The annual event – featuring a competitive 10K race and 5K fun run – helps athletes beat the Boxing Day blues by running off some of the excesses of Christmas day, but it could not take place this year due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The Campbeltown Running Club committee, which organises the event, had hoped to hold a members-only run but decided against any planned gathering due to the increased restrictions.
Last year, more than 30 runners braved the rain and cold wind to take part, raising more than £100 for the Sunshine Room at Campbeltown Hospital through entry fees.
Stuart McGeachy was the first man home in a time of 39.43 minutes, with Dom Sharkey second (40.32), and Ewan Smith third (40.55).
The first woman to cross the line, and in seventh placed overall, was Jennifer Campbell in 47.40 minutes, with Mairi Littleson second (47.47), and Fiona Cook third (50.46).
While some will be disappointed the 2020 event was cancelled, others may have been glad of the guilt-free opportunity to indulge in some left-over turkey and fizz instead of trudging along the beach in often cold and wet conditions.
Pupils at Castlehill Primary School held their own festive running event, completing a 5K run around the playground during a Santa dash.
Many of the pupils wore Christmas jumpers and festive hats for the event which took place before the schools broke up for the festive break.