Mid Argyll race goes virtual for 2021

Elaine McGeachy and Sarah McFadzean, both Campbeltown Running Club members,  taking part in the 2018 race - back when people could race together beside the Crinan Canal.

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Entries have opened for the 2021 Scottish Sea Farms Crinan Puffer, a Mid Argyll race which proves popular with Kintyre runners.

This year, however, the event, run in pre-pandemic years beside the Crinan Canal between Crinan and Ardrishaig, is going virtual.

The race, which will be held on Sunday March 28, is organised by the operator of Mid Argyll Community Pool, Mid Argyll Community Enterprises Limited (MACEL).

This year’s Puffer will include the standard distance of eight miles or a five km fun run, on a route of your choice. Both distances are also open to walkers.

In a statement, MACEL said: ‘As a result of the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the restrictions we are all living under during this pandemic, we have decided to run a virtual event.

‘We would like to thank our title sponsors, Scottish Sea Farms, for its continued and very generous sponsorship. Thanks also go to Midton Acrylics and kit-you-out.co.uk for their support.’

Race entries are now being taken via the EntryCentral website – search ‘Scottish Sea Farms Crinan Puffer’.

Entrants can walk or run anywhere they like, as long as they abide by lockdown rules.

Prizes will be awarded in senior, junior and veteran categories and all runners and walkers will be sent a T-shirt and medal on completion of the race.

All entrants are asked to submit their times through race timing website www.whatsmytimeresults.co.uk/ by 5pm on Monday March 29.