News & Race Reports

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…………

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 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 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!

Stornoway Half Marathon 2018

posted 6 Jun 2018, 05:55 by Enquiries campbeltownrunningclub

By Ewan Smith

The first race report I ever wrote was for the Stornoway Half. On that 
occasion I had set my heart on 1:25 but instead had to settle for 1:28 something and a stress fracture.  That turned out to be the first of a long run of injuries mostly caused by trying to be smert and coming back to soon. That was 4 years ago and despite having entered every year since I have never actually made it to the start line so it was becoming a bit of a thing.  

This year with more modest aims ( sub 90 and nae injuries) I finally made it.  In theory it all looked quite doable.  I was in reasonable form and though I'd had a few niggles these had largely gone on the morning of the race and the wind had died back a fair bit and though heat was forecast, hot mornings in Stornoway are not a phenomena I've ever experienced ( I once spent a fortnight freezing there while Argyll had a heatwave and our relationship has never quite recovered) so I told myself 1:28 something was reasonable.
The race began and I paced myself fairly carefully up the first gradual ascent sticking with a small group who seemed to be similarly inclined.  

As we were going downhill towards the shore to the south of the town, I discovered  you can indeed get hot days in
Stornoway and a comely young lady from Glasgow assured me she was not having an asthma attack before proceeding to pass me.   However it was cooler along the shore path and I passed her and a couple of others at the 2k mark. Stornoway isn't a mountainous place by any standards but there are a few nasty wee climbs and the first of these soon approached.    I was doing ok and consoled myself with the thought that on the other side of the summit there would be a long descent, reinforced by a Marshall who said that we were approaching a fast couple of miles.   

However, for much of it,there was a headwind which wasn't severe but was just enough to take the edge off.  Soon we were heading back into the town, out of the wind and into the heat.  The last 5+ miles are in the grounds of Stornoway Castle beginning with 
a long ascent and it was a this point that 3 or 4 runners passed me. Never a good sign at that stage.  As we turned onto a long straight gravelly ascent, I felt the wind again and the runners in front seemed to get further ahead. I tried running on the grass at the side of the path and still can't make up my mind if that was clever or not.  At last we started on a long descent but I was bust and couldn't get the speed up. It was at this point the guy who would turn out to be the fastest old fla passed me but it wasn't in me to rise to the challenge.  

And with no one else approaching behind I ambled on at my own pace.  Heading down the long straight of Stornoway Quay I made some semblance of a sprint but too little, too late and I finished in 1:30:11.  The bottom line is that for various reasons I haven't been getting proper long runs in this past while and it showed in the second half.   However, there are positives; 12th overall isn't too bad, I still ran faster  than I did in Dunoon last August and on a harder course and worse conditions; 1:30:11 is an old fla's club record (unless of course it was beaten at the MoKrun today!) and both legs are still in one piece. 

Upwards and onwards.

Taynish 10K 2018

posted 6 Jun 2018, 05:51 by Enquiries campbeltownrunningclub   [ updated 6 Jun 2018, 05:59 ]

By Stuart McGeachy

The 2018 Taynish 10K and XC trail race took place on Saturday 12th May with a large contingent of CRC members making the journey up.  The wife and I decided to enter the race as a last minute decision after racing the Helensburgh 10K two days previous.  It was a short recovery but thought we'd be fresh enough to give the XC race a blast as hard run.  

Ewan Smith and Dougie Ferguson were big fans of the event due to the post race cake fest, but had tried to tone it down on the lead up! I was having none of their reverse psychology keech that the event wasnae that good, as this ploy was only to ensure mair treats for the auldflas!

The sun was splitting the sky and the scenery up yon neck of the woods is spectacular.  There was a good turnout and always nice to see some familiar faces from Mid Argyll area organising and competing in the charity event.   The 10K and XC race start off at the same time, with the XC race splitting off about 1 Km into the race.   I decided to do the XC event and was soon regretting it after this point as was getting found out on the hills and steps!  Tired legs get found out on this terrain!  Still, I was enjoying the challenge and scenery and dug in to keep with the leader for the first 3 miles.

The two race briefly intertwined again with an 'out and back' section before heading in opposite directions.  Once again, the XC runners were hitting some fantastic running trail, and at this point I felt a bit better and managed to take the lead.  Thankfully there was enough in the tank to hang on for the remaining miles to take first in the XC race.  

The 10K produced some amazing times with Drew Dutton finishing first with a strong time of 37:07, which is a course record.  Jennifer Martin finished first for the women in 41.34, which was the womans course record !

Well done to Colin McFarlane, the MacMillan Cancer Support helpers and any other volunteers for putting on such a great event.  The money raised for the charity  from this event is amazing and everyone involved deserve a massive thanks from our club for allowing us to participate.  

A great day out and hopefully fit enough again to do it next year.

Click here for full results.

Helensburgh 10K Race Report

posted 21 May 2018, 14:05 by Enquiries campbeltownrunningclub

By Ewan Smith

Helensburgh was the first 10K I ever ran and it was also my first race in a CRC vest 4 years ago.  This year, I had pencilled it in for yet 
another attempt at getting back to sub 40.  However, while Stuart has been making encouraging predictions all winter and though I knew it was theoretically possible, I wasn't particularly convinced that it would actually happen and on a fast course in good conditions I reflected that I would be all out of excuses this time.

My Garmin, had gone off to Garminland for repair but fortunately the Big Fla stepped in with a dainty little replacement with a fetching pink strap. It belonged to Mairi - or so he said.  But a Garmin is a Garmin and I'm not proud though I did start to wonder how I've got to a stage where I can't run without something to tell me how I'm doing.T  he official CRC contingent, Elaine, Stuart and I were met at the start line by Garry Muir who had spotted the signs for a 10k and decided to run it. As you do, when you're half way through a set of mile repeats.

The dainty wee pink Garmin and I set off not having had much time to get acquainted though it was doing a good job of telling me how many calories I was burning.  My usual running strategy is to hing in behind Jennifer Martin for as long as possible before she disappears into the distance and I decided to adapt that by sticking in behind a couple of Dumbarton lassies who I knew had tanked me in the past. But after a couple of K it just felt too slow and I decided to pass them, wondering though if I would later regret upping the pace at this stage.

By the 5k mark the dainty wee pink Garmin and I were getting on like a house on fire and for the first time I thought sub 40 might be actually be possible if I didn't flag. By 7K I knew I was in with a good shout as long as I didn't blow up.  In retrospect, the result of that thought was that I sat back and settled for not blowing it rather than pushing on as I now wish I had.

The Helensburgh race always has a sign at 400m but  always seems much longer.  And I ran along that section doing sums in my head, regretting slackening off earlier and with a mental picture of the gantry clock reading 40:01.  However in the end I had done just enough and 39:25 is a pb.  Stuart and Garry had been at the finish for ages. Garry had finished in 35:42 a cracking time for anyone, never mind someone who has done mile repeats by way of a warm up.  Performance of the night however goes to Stuart who finished 7th overall in 34:02.  Given the quality of some of the runners that is an amazing achievement. Elaine who had told 
me before the start that she wasn't expecting much nonetheless finished in a very respectable 47:14.

And for anyone looking for a pb, I recommend asking for a shot of dainty wee pink Garmin.

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