News & Race Reports


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.

Stirling Half Marathon Race Report

posted 21 May 2018, 13:59 by Enquiries campbeltownrunningclub   [ updated 21 May 2018, 14:00 ]

By Dom Sharkey

So as preparation for my Half Ironman this year I decided I needed a wee step up and entered Stirling Half Marathon, which would be my first Half.  After a winter of trying to slowly build my running endurance rather than just smashing myself every session and getting injured every few months I was feeling stronger if not necessarily faster than before, so my main aim was to feel good and finish the race strongly at a solid pace. 

The morning of race day came with near perfect running conditions: barely a breath of wind, mild but not cold temperatures and the rain was due to stay off (for the half marathoners at least!) this combined with the reasonably flat* course meant that for the strong contingent of CRCers across the two distances there was a decent chance of PBs on offer. After seeing the full Marathoners set off an hour ahead of us, got the warm-up done then luckily managed to get through an opening in the barriers of the start pens, and after a bit of squeezing through got myself to the 4th or 5th row from the front. 

Gun went, I found some space, checked the watch and settled in to my pace.  The plan was to run to 4:00/km pace, which would give me a time of 1:24, so I locked on to this and ignored all the surging and slowing that folks seem to do in the first few kilometres.  After the crowds thinned a little I found myself making a nice wee group of 4, with two Bellahouston Runners and one other guy.  We formed a little pack and ran tightly together for a good spell after this.  Our pace was staying steadily just a touch faster than my target so I was happy to try to stick with these guys, and we went through a few rounds of rotating places within the group which made the distance pass by quite quickly and smoothly.  Heading out of the city the course opened up a lot and we could see plenty other runners up ahead. Slowly we reeled in a couple of these until we reached the halfway point.  Going through 10km at 39:15 I was a little worried I was over-cooking this one, but surprisingly felt quite  comfortable and listening to the breathing of the other 3 guys with me I didn’t think I sounded any worse off than any of them so when the 12km mark came and we turned, heading back towards the city again I thought, Well I’m closer to the finish now, let’s just see what happens… 

So I started to lift the pace gradually and soon dropped the two Bellahouston boys, leaving just the pair of us, and we continued to move through the places catching another handful of runners. I was feeling quite fantastic at this point, not really checking the pace at all, but just running freely and was moving like a dream.  I was all alone when I reached about 14km and continuing to catch and pass runners quite quickly.  One of the guys I passed asked if I was leading the marathon race!  

This feeling of course didn’t last, and getting back into the city around 18km I realised my wheels were starting to come off and thought perhaps I had shown my lack of experience and made my move too early.  I was really weakening now and the main thing keeping me going was the thought of the shame of getting overtaken again by anyone else who I had just breezed past in the last few kilometres.  My perception of distance was severely compromised now – telling myself I wouldn’t look at my watch again until I thought I was at 19km – then looking down to see 18.5 was quite crushing.  Soon the course started heading uphill just to really stick the boot into me, I rounded a tight steep corner and felt a stitch coming on.  Luckily I was able to fend that off, but as the course continued to climb through the main pedestrian zone in the city centre a couple of spasms of cramp hit my left calf and I had a small stumble, very nearly hitting the deck, twice!  Finally the finish came into sight and relief is a bit of an understatement.   Finished in 1:21:51, on what was a slightly long course, so absolutely delighted with the time.   

It was a thoroughly good event all round and there seemed to be PBs galore on the day with several other great CRC performances too which is always good to see. 

Run and Become Sri Chinmoy 5km 2018

posted 14 May 2018, 13:09 by Enquiries campbeltownrunningclub

The 2018 'Run and Become Sri Chinmoy 5km' took place on Friday 4th May in Silverknowes Esplanade with Jennifer Martin and Drew Dutton competing in the fast 5K for the first time.

Well done to both for producing outstanding times and 5K PB's at the same time.  See below for times:

Drew Dutton - 16:39 (99th)
Jennifer Martin - 18:28 (230th)

Stirling Marathon 2018 - Race Report

posted 7 May 2018, 06:04 by Enquiries campbeltownrunningclub   [ updated 7 May 2018, 06:08 ]

By Elaine McGeachy

I blame Jocelyn 100% completely for signing up to this marathon.  I almost forgive her.  Winter weather has been tough on us and although we weren’t following a plan, Sarah, Jocelyn and myself (and Trudy!) we upped our weekend mileage over the last 2 months to give us a bit of confidence come race day.  But we were just hoping to get round it and honestly, we were all happy with that.  We looked on at Alex Soudan’s training with awe as he looked effortless and was getting faster on every run.   


We were well prepped the evening before with a nice Italian meal, meeting up with the other CRC and toon troops for some carb loading and some drama from Dom ;-0. 

Boston and London Marathon’s came and went, giving us inspiration but also panic that we could be faced with awful weather but when race day came along – we couldn’t have got it better or at least for the start -- it was cool, a little breeze and the sun shone.   




Here is a photo of the start line with the red pen we should have been in.  Unfortunately we were still in the portaloo queue ¼ mile away!  Not quite the start we all wanted but at least we got to the toilet eventually!  Sprinting to the start wasn’t my intention but it certainly fired up the adrenaline and I was on 8 minute miles before I knew it.  I tried my best to catch up with the 4.15 pacer but when I got there I realised it was the 3.45 pacer.  I hadn’t thought about times or paces so I picked his brain about what pace I’d need for a sub 3.45.  “8.30’s should be fine” he said “although you might want to aim for slightly faster to cope with the hills especially the last one as it is a tough one”.  Hills??!!  No-one told me there was hills!!  I hadn’t even looked at the course never mind the elevation profile.  All I knew was that they had changed the horrible loops at the finish line and there was Stirling Gin cocktails at the end. 


I felt comfortable as I strode out into the Stirlingshire countryside ahead of the pacer.  Maybe I could try to stay around him for most the race.  I presumed Sarah was up ahead until I heard her approach me.  It was great to see a friendly face by mile 6.  The course was beautiful so far but it was quite lonely and no one seemed to be up for much chatting.  Sarah overtook me and I tried to keep her in my sights as we ran through various towns – DouneDunblane and then on to Bridge of Allan.  These were highlights of the course as the spectators were out in force cheering us on.   




I caught up with Sarah again about mile 16 as we ran through the University grounds and Stuart snapped us together.  We were happy at that point! I don’t normally eat or drink anything before my long runs and don’t take on gels etc but I was hungry today and was starting to fear I wouldn’t have the energy for the last 10 especially continuing at sub 8.30 pace.  But Stuart ran beside me and handed me ½ a banana, and that gave me a new lease of life as well as telling us that Alex was doing great and Dom had finished the half!  (Note to self – why didn’t we just do the half?!)  

We narrowed into country roads and lanes again away from the cheering crowds but into the last participants of the half marathon.  Well done on them taking part but it was energy sapping to manoeuvre round them all.  I’m sorry to say but I started to curse them as they walked in front, some of them in rows together. 


My smiles from earlier disappeared as the dark clouds opened to torrential rain.  Soaked.  OK it kept us cool but it also chafed us completely and enough to tear off my race number.  I knew I was on for an OK time if I could just keep going so my entire focus was holding on to the race number!   I could also feel my injury pain getting worse and worse but confident I could hold on to the finish line.  I could tell my running gait was lopsided but I could do nothing to correct it.  But I gave myself a good talking too on the course that after this marathon I was going to fix this injury for good – strength training and yoga were going to sort me out!! 




When we approached Stirling city centre it was a wonderful feeling to see the crowd and get some cheers of support – of course we could hear Eilidh and Fiona Cook shouting!  I thought I knew the final mile but was pleasantly surprised the finish was earlier than expected – a different finish to last year.  Not so pleasantly surprised with the big incline to finish – I had to shout at myself to keep me going as my legs were starting to go.  My smiles from earlier had turned into a grimace so no race photos of the last mile!  Never again.  Why was I doing this?!  


But all that pain was momentarily forgotten when I crossed the line!  3.43.10 – a PB by 19 seconds.  I wasn’t expecting that at all so utterly delighted!  A GFA for London too.  Sarah wasn’t far behind me at 3.45 (GFA for her too!) and Jocelyn not long after that at 4.10.  Alex had finished long ago in 3.22 It’s such an elation finishing a marathon.  You just forget the pain and it all seems worth it.  And start to look at London next year!! 


658 

151 

03:22:03 

1044 

400 

03:43:10 

957 

445 

03:45:21 

1761 

889 

04:10:59 


The sun was shining again so it was time for prosecco, protein shake and chocolate!  All the half marathoners had done brilliantly and were already celebrating – well done all.   Also superb performances by other toonies too (hopefully new members) Gail Williams, Malcolm McMillan and Fiona Cook.  Unfortunately Trudy had to pull out for race day but she continued to train with us – so next one Trudy, no excuses ;-0   


Dominic Sharkey 1:21:51 

Johnny Girvan 1:43:04 

Eilidh Girvan 2:02:36 


It was time for us to so we hobble all the way back to the hotel for our own celebratory meal and mojitos.  Job done.   

Thanks Jocelyn for forcing us into it, you are forgiven

Crinan Puffer 2018 Report

posted 2 May 2018, 05:23 by Enquiries campbeltownrunningclub   [ updated 8 May 2018, 01:48 ]

The 2018 Crinan Puffer race took place on Sunday 20th April.  Once again there was a merry band of CRC members making the short journey up the A83 to participate in this great event.  Weather conditions were reasonable (certainly cooler than what London marathon was experiencing on the same day!) but there was a few showers with a slight head wind making it tough for the runners.

CRC were successful once again with a number of podium finishes and some great times.

Stuart McGeachy finished one place higher than the previous year in first place in a time of 46:09.  Garry Muir was hot on his heels in a close second in 46:30.  Darren Renton finished as First male veteran (10th Overall) in 57:06.  Elaine McGeachy and Sarah Mcfadzean crossed the line together in 01:02:31 as second females, with Sarah scooping the First female vet prize as well.  Margaret Sinclair finished as second female Vintage category runner in 01:12:44.

Well done to the organisers and everyone who made it up to the event.

Click here for full results.

Stirling Duathlon 2018 – Scottish Duathlon Championships

posted 16 Apr 2018, 14:20 by Enquiries campbeltownrunningclub   [ updated 16 Apr 2018, 14:20 ]

By Dom Sharkey


My 2018 season started on a frosty morning at Stirling University with the Scottish Duathlon Championships, also doubling up as a Team GB qualifier for the ITU World Duathlon Championships in 2019.  My race nearly didn’t happen after getting a puncture in the car on the way up on Saturday night – rocking up to the race on Sunday morning with the emergency donut wheel on the car wasn’t the coolest look but it got me there!  


The race was a new format to me – a (just over) 10k run, 42km bike, then second run of 5k to finish.  Both runs took place on a 2.5km circuit round the University grounds, with the bike route being a 2-lap affair on a rectangular 21km route on decent fast roads.  Running after the bike is fairly familiar to me by now, but having never had experience getting straight on the bike after a 10k run I approached it with a bit of trepidation.   

Other factors like what to wear (as it was near freezing at the start of the race - with a fast bike ride to come, cold arms and hands were a major concern) and why my transition area looked so bare compared to normal, as well as the fact I was using a Time Trial bike which I’d never actually ridden anywhere other than on the turbo also had me thinking a lot through every eventuality pre-race to avoid the significant potential for major embarrassment. 


Knowing that I usually feel like death after running a fast 10k, and can take about three days to recover, I was very keen to take it a bit easier in the first run in order to save enough in the tank to not have a disastrous bike and second run leg, so when the gun went I settled into a nice steady pace and let all the jostling and argy-bargy go on ahead.  I really liked the run loop – it had a mix of everything, some grass, half of a running track, a short but steep hill (up and down it) but was mostly tarmac, and with 4 laps to do it seemed to pass quite quickly to me.  I ran well within myself and kept a consistent pace with my fastest and slowest laps only being 4 seconds different!  I started the bike in 34th place, and turning on to the open road for the first time I saw that beautiful sight that I love everytime it presents itself to me in a race – a line of about 15 or 20 people stretched out over the next mile or so of road in front of me, just waiting to be caught.  So I went to work on those and spent most of the next 20 minutes passing people. Looking down at my power numbers on the Garmin was quite encouraging as I was exceeding what I had planned to average, but feeling ok for it.  The second bike lap was a bit lonelier, with not many too people in sight. I was caught by two other very fast bikers, one went well on ahead, and the other was just in front when we reached T2.   


I realised the funny thing about Duathlons is that when you hit the final run, you already kind of have an idea of how good a runner everyone is – so everyone ahead of me after the first run was probably uncatchable, barring any miracles or disasters as they were obviously really good runners, but the two guys who had overtaken me on the bike I knew had run slower than me before, so I should have a decent chance against them.  This appeared to go to form, as the guy just ahead of me faded really early on in the 5k, and I was left in a sort of no-mans-land not being able to see the next guy in front.  It was at this stage that the winner of the race passed me on his final lap so I spent the next few minutes calculating what sort of ridiculous times he must have done to end up about 9 minutes ahead of me.  I was on the kilometre count-down by now thinking, only 4 to go, only 3 to go, and then I noticed the really fast biker from earlier ahead of me now within sight and seemingly not running too well, so this gave me another carrot to go after and helped maintain the pace. Hitting the short sharp climb for the final time I felt the quads crawling underneath my skin, on the brink of a cramp attack – thankfully the hill ended just in time before this happened – 10 metres more and things wouldn’t have been so pretty.  After this I was in the home straight final lap, knowing that no disaster could possibly befall me now and was feeling chuffed with what felt like a really good performance and this wee high got me to the finish-line.  Found out on the line that I had finished in 9th place overall which far exceeded my expectations.  Yet to find out if I made top 3 in my age-group and therefore qualified for the Age-Group World Champs, but regardless I was really pleased with my pacing and execution of the race plan and it was a great start to my 2018 seeing the winter training getting put to good use.  When I realised that pro-Triathlete Fraser CartmellElite winner of Ironman UK and several Ironman 70.3s finished 2nd in the race, I thought that 9th is quite fine for me. 


Run 1 – 40:59 T1 – 0:52 Bike – 1:06:58 T2 – 0:37 Run 2 – 19:01 

Finish time – 2:08:28 

Jack Crawford 2018 Results

posted 19 Mar 2018, 06:10 by Enquiries campbeltownrunningclub   [ updated 19 Mar 2018, 06:49 ]

The Jack Crawford 2018 10K race took place on Saturday 10th March with four CRC members making the journey up to Bishopbriggs.  The race organisers had a tough lead up to the race in the aftermath of the 'Beast from the East' weather system causing heavy snow the previous week in Glasgow so a lot of clearing up and shoveling was required.  Thankfully they did a great job and the race went ahead with underfoot conditions safe given the recent weather.

The weather wasn't great, with a strong easterly making the first 3-4 miles tough fighting into a tough head wind.  Thankfully the last couple of miles were more favourable with the tail wind helping us a long to the finish.  It was also good to meet up the 'The Coach' Graham Crawford, whose club Springburn Harriers organise the race.  

Stuart McGeachy finished third overall in a time of 34:16.  Alex Souden finished 41st in 39:21, Ewan Smith 51st in 40:39 and Elaine McGeachy 114th in 47:31.  Special mention to another toonie Kenny MacLeod who finished 50th in 40:37.

Full results can be found here.

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