News & Race Reports


Great Scottish Run 2018

posted 3 Oct 2018, 05:25 by Enquiries campbeltownrunningclub

The Great Scottish Run (GSR) took place on Sunday 30th September with a good representation from CRC and some fantastic results! A blustery, cold day for GSR this year but generally good running conditions. Tremendous CRC performances – well done everyone. If anyone has any race reports or photos please send them to enquiries@campbeltownrunningclub.com:

10K
Name BIB Position Finish Time
DREW DUTTON 12596 33 00:34:40
DOMINIC SHARKEY 12528 67 00:36:13
JENNIFER MARTIN 12535 121 00:38:34
STEWART IRELAND 12906 286 00:42:33
SUSAN TURNER 13112 578 00:45:35
LORRAINE MACDONALD 13533 1472 00:51:08
RACHEL MCGEACHY 13745 3192 00:58:23
ANNETTE MCMILLAN 17423 4946 01:06:01
Half Marathon
Name BIB Position Finish Time
STUART MCGEACHY 232 66 01:14:48
ALEX SOUDEN 2003 461 01:29:26
IAIN MCGOUGAN 2822 597 01:31:47
ELAINE MCGEACHY 971 1985 01:44:24
MALCOLM MCMILLAN 2519 01:48:06
JAMES MCEACHRAN 3124 01:51:53
KERRY O'MAY 1556 3805 01:55:46
GAIL WILLIAMS 4536 01:59:32

Berlin Marathon 2018 - Race Report

posted 29 Sep 2018, 04:53 by Enquiries campbeltownrunningclub

Stuart McGeachy completed the Berlin marathon on Sunday 16th September in a time of 2 hours 46mins and 27 secs (Position 538th, 129th in age category.)

Full race report can be found in Stuart's blog below:

https://manfaethetoon.wordpress.com/2018/09/29/berlin-marathon-2018-the-race-report/

Aberfeldy Middle Distance Triathlon 2018 – Scottish Middle distance Championships

posted 18 Sep 2018, 15:09 by Enquiries campbeltownrunningclub   [ updated 18 Sep 2018, 15:09 ]

By Dom Sharkey

19th August 2018

With my main target of Edinburgh 70.3 this year being a disappointment due to illness I was keen to still use the Half Ironman endurance training I had been doing all year, so looked to Aberfeldy as my next ‘A’ race. A few niggles in the build up again, and an existential -crisis-type breakdown of my swimming technique in the weeks prior to the race meant that preparation wasn’t perfect, but in the final 2 weeks things started to click again, and I was generally more relaxed on the whole with this race than Edinburgh.

Race day came with heavy rain, single figure temperatures and pretty poor visibility. So several questions which I didn’t worry about at Edinburgh such as “How many layers do I need to wear?” and “Is my helmet visor transparent enough?” were concerns.

Setting up transition on race morning involved a lot more careful wrapping of items in several layers of plastic bag than average, and we were all soaked through before even stepping foot in the loch. The swim course was one triangular lap, meaning the buoys seemed quite far away from the start line – being such a grey day meant that it was pretty difficult to see the buoys even just standing at the shore side, never mind when trying to frantically sight in between strokes and through all the splashing and failing arms ahead of me. So I started off quite conservatively in the swim and just followed the pack. Approaching the first buoy I could see the pack going quite wide to the right around it, so I kept in the straight tight line on the left of the course and seemed to merge with a lot of swimmers who had been ahead of me but swum wide. Finding myself in this faster moving pack I was able to get a good draft for much of the rest of the swim, and was feeling really comfortable. From about halfway I thought I could push on and get ahead of this pack now, but decided it would probably take more energy than it was worth to try to get around and in front of the pack, for marginal time gain, so I contented myself to sit on the feet and enjoy a bit more energy saving in the draft zone. Out of the water in just about bang on 35 minutes for 2km, and feeling quite fresh, was a decent result.

Things didn’t get much drier on the bike – I managed to get a cycling top over my tri-suit, but couldn’t get my arm warmers on as they and I were soaking, so just bit the bullet and went with the short sleeves hoping I wouldn’t come to regret that decision. The first few kilometres were very cold, and I was struggling with water sticking to my visor making vision quite difficult. I was very close to chucking the visor at this point, but eventually managed to squeeze a finger in front my face to give it a wipe. 

Quite soon the big climb of Schiehallion approached which required a bit of careful pacing in order to not blow up within 20km. I managed to move up through the field passing quite a few riders on the climb, but lost a few places on the descent as I was still quite keen to make it to work the next day, taking things quite carefully on some tricky corners. After the climb and descent it was a lap around Loch Rannoch on perfectly flat, smooth tarmac with no traffic. I loved this section of the bike course as it just flowed so nicely and was really quick. I merged with 3 other riders at this point and we wordlessly organised a working train (adhering to the 10m drafting rules of course). The roads were so smooth and the speed quite high that I actually felt the significant draft even 10m behind the rider in front for the first time ever, so we all benefitted a good bit from taking turns in this manner. 

The coalition was broken however, once we reached the climb back out of the valley back over Schiehallion the way we had descended in. One guy shot on ahead, and the other two drifted away behind me so I climbed and descended back into the town on my own. By this time the rain had stopped and things were warming up a little, so was looking quite pleasant for the run. I reached T2 after 2 hours 41 minutes on the bike which I was really pleased with considering the climbing involved, and the conditions – my only mistake I feel on the bike was forgetting to drink and take on as many gels as I had planned to, which might have had something to do with the run performance that was to follow.

The run was 3 laps of a sort of T-shaped course within the grounds of Taymouth Castle – this meant quite a few dead turns on the out-and-back arms of the T, but it did wind its way through some quite nice looking scenery so was not completely unpleasant.

Started the run very well – probably too well in hindsight – at about 4:10/km, and completed the first of the 3 laps in about 30 minutes, on for a sub 1:30 half marathon time which I would have been ecstatic with. Unfortunately I began to fade a little in the second half, and my pace dropped off to about 5:00/km for the final lap. Looking back I think the lack of fuelling on the bike might have contributed somewhat to this, and I lost a number of places throughout the run. Reaching the finishing chute on my final lap I spotted the clock above the gantry saying the time 11:59:45 – taking longer than it should have(my physical and mental state being what it was by this point) I calculated that from a 7am start that would mean if I got under before midday then I’d break the 5 hour mark which had been a rough target for me to begin with – and surely these things never start on time so I’d have a bit of extra lee way too?? Sprinting to cross the line exactly as it turned to 12:00:00 I thought I must be there, but on seeing my overall time I was 53 seconds short…

But a 1:39 half marathon at the end of a tough day on only my second Middle distance Triathlon was still quite satisfying, and about 20 minutes faster than my Edinburgh run time which is a significant step in the right direction!

Finished 14th Senior Male, 24th Overall.

Swim 35:09 Bike 2:41:57 Run 1:39:12 Finish 5:00:53

Barrathon Half Marathon 2018

posted 9 Jul 2018, 13:46 by Enquiries campbeltownrunningclub

By Margaret Sinclair

Saturday 30th June the 19th Barrathon started in Castlebay running 
clockwise round the island.   Race briefing this year included medical guidelines on what to do if you felt unwell and how to keep yourself well due to the extreme heat.   Extra water stations were provided along the route with one every mile towards the end.

This is the third time I've done this one, my plan was to run at an easy breathing pace as i'm always concerned about pushing myself too much especially when it was so hot.   There was a slight wind so a bit like running against a hair drier.   There's hills all the way round on this route, (I know they go down as well) with one particularly awful one in the 9th mile, which most of us walked up.   The miles did pass quite quickly with lots of support along the way.  

My time was 2.15 which I was happy with, to finish and feel good was enough.   Fraser Stewart was the first male with 1.13.   Probably known by you fast runners in the club.   Spanish Miguel who's well known was 2nd male.    Not sure of his time.

Carradale Canter 2018

posted 4 Jul 2018, 13:15 by Enquiries campbeltownrunningclub   [ updated 4 Jul 2018, 13:16 ]

By Elaine McGeachy


This is a fantastic wee local event - a tough route (totally) but very rewarding.  Yes, it’s quite informal and it’s not slick like big races but that’s part of it’s charm!  It’s Carradale after all :-) With a cheap entry of only £15 it was very good value for money getting a tshirt, medal and a help yourself goody bag - including shower gel and hand gel :-)  This year they focused on being more eco-friendly which I thought was very admirable and more races should take note - recyclable/once used drinking cups and recyclable materials and pack your own goody bags (recyclable of course!)


With only a short journey to make the start line at Carradale Harbour I’d urge you all to go, it’s a cracking wee day out.  OK, so you might not get a PB - a few hills and the beach section makes sure of that but it’s a good hard session and the scenery is pretty hard to beat.  I’d even go as far to say as it was really enjoyable! They even gave out sticky buns at the finish line - yum. There is a BBQ to buy burgers too - this might even be free next year (watch this space).


It was blazing sunshine this year and Carradale looked glorious.  The start kicks off by going uphill but there were plenty of spectators to cheer on the crowds and it stopped you from going out far too fast.  This year once down on the beach I decided to go the wrong way into the heather and bracken…. Oops but I soon made my way back on course and although I lost 3rd place by then I was happy with 4th (and 3rd senior despite a wee mix up at prizegiving!)  There are a lot of trails on the course which I love and the hill after the network centre didn’t seem as bad as I remembered but the water stop at the top was much appreciated!! Jocelyn by this point was on my tail so I tried to pick it up for the last half, most of which is downhill which is great fun.  The 5k which started slightly after the 10k, was still in process with a few fun runners and walkers at the back but the faster ones who had finished (including Eilidh Girvan who won and her Mum Isobel who got 1st vet) were cheering me on to a faster finish then I planned. But it was done! I was greeted by my Mum who had completed the 5k, my husband Stuart, smiling and looking like he’d just been for an easy walk around the park, who had won the race again despite after cycling 70 miles the previous day doing the 5 ferries (he doesn’t cycle, like EVER) and my sister Mairi (nursing her injured knee but hopefully back in action soon) and boyfriend Stewart Ireland who also won the 5k!   Time for celebratory sticky buns!!


Well done to other CRC members and all who took part on a challenging but fun course.  Results link to all below. But particularly mentioning Jocelyn Richard who finished on the podium, picking up a prize for 2nd Vet - very well deserved!  And Fiona Cook for SECOND senior :-) Another fast runner who we could try to persuade to join…………


http://www.kitst.co.uk/carradale-10k-2018.html


http://www.kitst.co.uk/carradale-5k-2018.html


The prizegiving could be a little better organised (and something went wrong with the chip timing) and they are working on that but at the end of the day it’s just a fun, local race and we had a lovely morning out.


Brian Goodwin 10k 2018 - race Report

posted 4 Jul 2018, 13:13 by Enquiries campbeltownrunningclub   [ updated 4 Jul 2018, 13:13 ]

By Elaine McGeachy


Brian Goodwin 10k - 15th June 2018


This 10k is hard to beat.  Cheap entry with bbq and beer at the finish line - what’s not to like? ! Well, it’s 2 loops round Pollok park but don’t let the laps put you off as they are reasonably flat and fast so definitely a PB route.  It’s a fun and friendly atmosphere for a Friday night but there are many a serious runner about and with the winning time being 28 minutes that was very evident! The hospitality is great from the Bellahouston club and they even offered to let us register late due to the road being closed, that’s service


This year, conditions were almost perfect - sunny and reasonably cool, with a light breeze.  A small group of CRC members took part and got some cracking times. Not least, Stuart McGeachy who got an amazing PB of 33.27 and coming 15th overall, up there with the best! Ewan Smith, warming up for Tough Mudder the next morning, smashed a sub 40 yet again this time getting 38.54.  Stewart Ireland who was primed to get a sub 40 was a bit under the weather but pushed himself on with the help of Sandy Mclean, both achieving solid 43 minute performances. I was pretty chuffed to get 46.00 on the night despite hating every second until I crossed the line but that was more tiredness than the race itself!  Sarah McFadzean gained a sub-50 and was straight in the queue for a beer! I think she needed it after a 7 hour journey from Campbeltown and getting changed in the car!!


There was a few familiar toonie faces on the course too - Andy Campbell and Kenny McLeod, both producing excellent times.  Maybe we could get them to join as 2nd claim sometime soon…..


CAAC 5 - Race Report

posted 2 Jul 2018, 14:58 by Enquiries campbeltownrunningclub   [ updated 2 Jul 2018, 15:04 ]

By Stuart McGeachy

Managed a cheeky wee midweek stay up to Edinburgh on Wednesday 6th June and as per usual fit in a race to accommodate my social life...a bit sad really but that's what happens when you hit a mid life crisis!  The race of choice was the Corstorphine 5 mile (CAAC 5) which had a decent line up of strong runners, mainly comprised from the East coast running clubs.  Of course the first person I meet as I get out the car was none other than Andy Law, shortly followed by the famous Connell Drummond, who must enter every race going in Scotland (probably why he's been so successful over the years...good guy as well)!  Always nice to see some friendly faces when you go to a new event for the first time.

The weather was glorious, which now seems to be the norm in Scotland!  It was hot but not too uncomfortable so had a feeling the pace would be quite hard.  I wouldn't say I was at my freshest as had competed in a half marathon, 3000m, 5k, 800m and 1 mile race all within the 10 days leading up to this run, but oddly enough I thought the flurry of activity had brought a sharpness to my running.  I hoped I could get away with this final race as 5 miles might just be short enough distance to get away with....however within a couple of miles I soon found out I was struggling!

We set off at a hoorah lick for first mile (close to 5:15min mile pace) which I thought may be ok if fresh, but not on tired legs.  Thankfully the road was flat at this stage so just went with it.  I was now in a group of runners and tried to keep with them for as long as possible.  Mile 2 was hilly, but manageable, Mile 3 undulating...but I was still with the group.  Mile 4 the hill got steeper and the group upped the pace...it was this stage I blew up a bit and started to feel the boke!  I instantly fell back and lost about 20 secs on the group, and at this point I thought I was just going to bonk again, a bit like the MOK.  

However, as soon as it came, the pain and sickness subsided and we reached the top of the hill.  I could see a downhill push for the last mile and suddenly felt a bit better and started pulling back positions.  I thought "f**k it" and jeest nailed it for all I had left.  The group who had pushed on were clearly struggling, and that 20 sec gap closed to just a few secs.  I overtook a few, but ran out of road as finish line approached so never quite made up what I lost on the hill.  It was a respectable 12th position in 28:08, which was a solid time given how undulating the course and not on fresh legs.

Thoroughly recommend the race as organisers were really friendly and had plenty cakes on afterwards, as I know we judge races on post race treats!  Not a PB 5 mile route, but enjoyable nonetheless.



BMC Regional 3000m

posted 2 Jul 2018, 13:44 by Enquiries campbeltownrunningclub   [ updated 2 Jul 2018, 13:44 ]

The British Miler Clubs club regional 3000m track race took place on Friday 1st of June at Scotstoun stadium in Glasgow. Drew Dutton, Stuart McGeachy and Jennifer Martin were making their debut outing at this distance hoping to secure some fast times.  The race was held 5 days after MOK, so legs weren't exactly fresh each of them felt capable of pulling off a strong time under the watchful eye of "The Coach" Graham Crawford.  It was a warm, muggy night which made it difficult, however they were thankful the thunder held off as had been forecast earlier in the week.

Jennifer's heat was one of the first with 15 other people in her mixed heat. Jennifer finished strong in 7th (5th female) with a time of 11:07, only 40 seconds off the wining male.  It was an impressive run and time and fair to say pace was judged correctly, something "The coach" picked up on. Results like this show the massive improvements Jennifer has made in the last year on improving her speed on shorter races, which in turn will hopefully help for longer distance events as well.

Drew and Stuart were running in the same heat along with 22 other males.  Graham advised not to go off to hard, and by the second lap both were trailing in the last two positions...maybe not go too hard but not too slow either lads!  Thankfully they worked well together picking off runners as the laps went on knowing they had a bit left in the tank.  By the final lap they were near the top end and Drew kicked away to finish an impressive 4th in 9:41.  Stuart wasn't far behind in 6th position in a time of 9:44.  

A great night and training event and would recommend to any runner looking to improve on their short game among similar paced runners.


MOK Run 2018

posted 18 Jun 2018, 05:56 by Enquiries campbeltownrunningclub   [ updated 18 Jun 2018, 05:59 ]

It was another glorious day for MOK run 2018 with clear blue skies and sunshine for one of Campbeltown's flagship events.  Temperatures were soaring, but there was a strong easterly wind to cool runners down in certain sections of the races....it also made it bloody challenging!  There were 544 runners competing in the 10K and 212 in the half marathon, which is incredible to think how far the event has come over the last 10+ years.   A credit to the organisers for putting on such an amazing event.

CRC Team photo in front of the gazebo!


Once again CRC had a profitable day with a number of podium finishes.  In the 10K, Garry Muir had a storming run finishing third, and first local, behind winner Matthew Turner and second place Colin Reilly in 35:21.  An outstanding run from one of the most improved runners at the club this year, and held off a strong battle with fellow CRC team mate Drew Dutton, who had a good race and finished fourth in 36:09.

There was even better news in female section with Jennifer Martin finishing first female and first local in a great time of 40:20.  The win completes the double for Jennifer after winning the half marathon the previous year.  Success in the female section continued with Hazel Barr finished an impressive third in 45:03.

In the half marathon Stuart McGeachy repeated last years achivement by finishing third, and first local, in 1:21:49.  The one and only Ralphy Hill finished as first Super Vet in 1:42:10, which was a great time given the windy conditions.  Ever consistent Jennifer Reid finished as first female local in the half marathon  1:39:33, just being edged out a third place overall.

A special thanks goes again to the MOK run organisers for putting on such a great race.  Roll on 2019!

Click here for the results.


Babcock Dumbarton 10K 2018

posted 8 Jun 2018, 05:46 by Enquiries campbeltownrunningclub

Garry Muir was the sole representative from CRC at the popular Babcock Dumbarton 10K on Thursday 17th May and did the club proud with an outstanding performance.  In a competitive line up Garry finished in 20th position with a 10K PB of 34:47, just seconds behind one of our old club chums Brian Scally.

Another big chunk off recent times and I suspect more is to come from oorfla over the next year....well done sir!

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