Kintyre athletes run away with Crinan Puffer prizes

Each Crinan Puffer participant received a T-shirt and medal, which were bought last year and adapted after the 2020 race was cancelled, and category winners also received a trophy.
Each Crinan Puffer participant received a T-shirt and medal, which were bought last year and adapted after the 2020 race was cancelled, and category winners also received a trophy.

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Several Kintyre athletes received prizes after competing in the virtual 2021 Scottish Sea Farms Crinan Puffer.

The popular race is typically run beside the Crinan Canal, between Crinan and Ardrishaig, but it was held virtually this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

This meant athletes were required to carry out their runs — the standard eight-mile race or a five-kilometre fun run — in their home areas, before submitting proof of their times before the Monday March 29 deadline.

In the eight-mile race, Susan Graham received the prize for third senior female for finishing in one hour, 16 minutes and 31 seconds, while Sarah McFadzean, fourth female finisher overall in one hour, eight minutes and 45 seconds, won the prize for placing third in the veteran female category.

First, second and third place in the junior 5K category all went to Kintyre runners, with Emma Millar (second overall), triumphant in a time of 23 minutes and 22 seconds, followed by Niamh Quinn (fourth overall) in 24 minutes and 47 seconds, and Hannah Millar (11th overall) in 31 minutes and 36 seconds.

Every participant was sent a T-shirt and medal on completion of the race, and trophies were awarded in the following categories as follows: Junior 5K: 1st boy and 1st girl overall; Senior 5K: 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female overall; Crinan Puffer eight-mile: 1st junior male and female (17 and 18 years old); 1st, 2nd and 3rd senior male and female (19 to 39 years old); and 1st, 2nd and 3rd veteran male and female (40 years old and over).

A spokesperson for Mid Argyll Community Pool operator Mid Argyll Community Enterprises Limited (MACEL), which organises the race, said: ‘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. Congratulations to all who took part in this year’s virtual Scottish Sea Farms Crinan Puffer.’