Canter competitors in good spirits despite dull day

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A rather dull day dawned as Carradale got ready for this year’s Great Carradale Canter down at the harbour.

Despite a lower level of interest – there were 33 competitors in the 5K race and 24 in the 10K – the organisers were glad to be trying to recover to life before Covid, albeit with adjustments: there was no focus on prize-giving this year and no barbecue, in a bid to avoid queues and crowding.

Both the 10K and the 5K runs set off together at 11.30am last Sunday and 5K winner Kyle Paterson was back at the harbour 21.23 minutes later, knocking two minutes off his time in 2019.

Jamie Ferguson, winner of the 10K race, returned to the harbour 44.09 minutes after setting off.

‘The runners seemed to enjoy the run, despite it not being a ‘personal best’ course,’ said Alan Milstead, one of the organising group.

‘It is meant to be challenging and fun and this was backed up by the comments from the runners about the course, the signage and the marshals, on whom a good run relies.’

He also thanked both Tesco and the Coop supermarkets for their kind support providing sustenance to help the runners recover and to Jewellery Casting Scotland of Carradale for once again sponsoring the trophies.

Results:

5K race: Men: 1 Kyle Paterson, 21.23; 2 Nicholas Gemmell, 30.28. Ladies: 1 Lynne Gemmell, 31.37; 2 Beth Trodden, 34.27. Boys (under 16): 1 Colin Nicol, 24.43; 2 Sorley Gemmell, 30.28. Girls (under 16): 1 Niamh Quinn, 26.56; 2 Emma Millar, 30.26.

10K race: Men: 1 Jamie Ferguson, 44.09; 2 Neil Littleson, 44.20. Ladies: 1 Susan Turner, 52.07; 2 Lucy Thomson, 52.09. Veteran men (40+): 1 M Grice, 51.23, 2 Peter Thompson, 59.23. Veteran ladies (40+): 1 Viki Smith, 52.41; 2 Sarah McFadzean, 53.11.