News & Race Reports

February Frenzy 2018

posted 10 Feb 2018, 09:18 by Enquiries campbeltownrunningclub   [ updated 10 Feb 2018, 09:19 ]

The 2018 February Frenzy handicap race took place on Saturday 10th February with a hardy bunch of CRC runners competing in the tough trail route around Lussa Loch.  The weather reports weren't promising earlier in the week with heavy rain and wind forecast.  However, the weather improved in time with the rain holding off and sun splitting the sky...for at least 5 mins anyway!!!

This year the committee decided to have an 'honesty' based handicap where the runners chose which time to start off at.  In addition, there was a prize for the runner who got closest to their predicted time, so there was an incentive not to be a total cheat :-)

Congratulations to Alison Semple who finished first in an impressive 58:10.  It was a great run by Alison, competing in the race for the first time, and showed great strength to hold off second place Mairi McKillop, who finished in 59:35.  Mairi also had a great run by knocking nearly 6 mins off her time from last year, which is incredible!  The General (aka Aldo Reid) finished third in 1:04:15 (real time 48:15) with a strong run after returning back from injury.  Hopefully the big man can put the injury issues behind him and get a bit of form back in the next few months.

Well done also to Elaine McGeachy who finished as the runner who was closest to their predicted time.  Elaine predicted she would finish in 54:30 and finished in 54:29!  Incredible...amazing how much a giant Toblerone can inspire this woman!

Well done to all runners who competed today and a big thanks to all marshals\timers (Robert Semple, Suzy Ferguson, Robert Mcdonald, Catherine McLean and Elgy O'May).  Also, thanks to all bakers who provided cakes and the McLeans for sorting out hot water for the tea :-)

Full results can be found here

Mac Tuff 2018

posted 22 Jan 2018, 05:29 by Enquiries campbeltownrunningclub   [ updated 22 Jan 2018, 05:33 ]

By Stewart Ireland

Sometimes when you say obstacle course race to someone they think jumping over walls. Sometimes people think getting muddy. Sometimes it's even getting electrocuted that someone's thoughts turn too. All obstacle races include some of these elements.

However they aren't about these things. Too me obstacle course races are a way of challenging yourself; your all round fitness, as well as getting so far out your comfort zone. Also to me it is a logically expansion to running.

Now I know it isn't the same as a 10k or half marathon but the element everyone seems to forget in a conversation about OCRs is the running. You climb a wall, and then run, you carry a 20kg sandbag a mile while trying to run, you then run, tow a car, then run, run through mud. You get what I'm saying. You do run and because you're doing all these things between running its challenging. Therefore I do view OCRs as running events. Just with other bits you them. Thus I'm, bleatingly writing this report.

I signed up for this event in July. Just before leaving to go travelling. Once we arrived in phuketfit I made training for it my priority. We trained hard while we were there and continued it once we got home. As December worn on and it got colder and a lot of food was being eaten the prospect of this event began to excite me. I hadn't really trained for an event this hard since Stirling marathon and although I was happy with how I did there I thought I may be in with a chance to place at Mac Tuff.

Race day, January 7th 2018. Ice and snow on the ground but sun in the sky. Not that it provided any heat. At its hottest, it was 2°C. I had 2 thermal layers on, leggings, t shirt and two pairs of gloves to try and keep my warmth. I wasn't when the most wrapped up 500 others had seen the forecast and got the thermals out. All apart from one man who decided going topless was the way forward. Well each to there own. At least I wasn't going to be the daftest one there. I warmed up and then waited at the start line for a maybe a bit to long and began to cool down in days, lack of, heat.

Fireworks and flares started the race, maybe in an attempt to warm everyone up and we were away. I had managed to get myself close to the front of the throng and was feeling comfortable at the pace being set. Running on gravel, tarmac and grass, we made our way to the first obstacle. An American football team, intent on knocking us over. I dodged my way around them, picking up a few places as others got knocked down. Then settled into the run. About half a mile later we changed from tarmac to gravel underfoot. I thought nothing of it and carried on, forgetting the conditions and the ice. My ankle suffered because of my lapse. Going over it.

Less than a mile into the race I had to stop and walk. I was devastated! I was running well. I was with the race leaders, feeling comfy and BANG. I could hardly walk on it initially. Forget running. I knew I wouldn't be able to do as well as I wanted or hoped and seriously considered pulling out.

I took some time and then tried to walk and then when that seemed ok run. I couldn't go as fast or as comfortably but I could run so I carried on.

Some ditches came and went, a few walls then a mile sandbag carry. Through a stream. I think this is where I stopped feeling the ankle. Maybe I'd run the pain off but, more likely the stream was so cold it numbed everything from the ankle down. After that I felt pretty good again. I completed the carry, climbed a few more things. Towed a car, ran some more. Then came the muddy bit. Obstacles of tyres, designed to make you crawl through mud. Tubes half filled with water. Great fun. Running through the mud was challenging. It was the gluppy sort that sucks your foot back the more you try and raise it. Once I was eventually through this there were monkey bars, ramps and then the biggest running portion of the day. It was, in essence off road hill repeats. I could feel the ache in my ankle but not pain anymore so I gave it a bash. Something from the running club stuck. After about 2 miles of hill repeats I was beginning to see sombre of the race leaders ahead.

Buoyed by this tried to keep the pace up as we ran through several forest fire breaks. That was amazing before coming out to jump the dragons back. This involved jumping from the top of one box to another with a metal bar to climb over between the tops. A cinder block carry followed before going to MacTuffs feature obstacle. A plunge from 3 metres into the icy water of a disused quarry. And when I say icy, I mean they had to literally break the ice earlier in the day.

After 7.5 miles of mud, climbing, clambering and despite the discomfort in my ankle I was feeling good. As soon as I jumped into that water no strength remained in me. I was a shivering wreck. As was everyone else. However it wasn't done. Still 1km left before you could get all the freezing damp clothes off. I don't honestly remember much about that kilometer. Other than it was hilly. I remember the last thing to do was a rope climb. Which was impossible in soaking gloves but it was equally impossible to get them off. Eventually though I managed it and the last 300m was a nice run in. Loads of support over the line.

I finished the race and I was happy. I didn't know how I placed and didn’t really care. Which surprised me considering that I am fairly competitive and expected myself to do well. I think I was just happy to finish a race I seriously thought about pulling out of. I felt proud of that, overcoming that self doubt and challenging myself to go out of my comfort zone more than I expected. Which as I said earlier is what I find to be what these sorts of races are all about.

Once I had heated up, which took forever, and come home I discovered I had actually finished 18th overall and 9th in my age category. Enough to go to the European obstacle course championships. If I can get the time off. Which I am thrilled about. So much so that I have entered into MacTuff 2019 and will encourage anyone else to do who is seeking a challenge, and something to keep the Christmas fat at bay.

February Frenzy 2018 - Update

posted 15 Jan 2018, 13:31 by Enquiries campbeltownrunningclub   [ updated 7 Feb 2018, 05:06 ]

******Update to Feb Frenzy below.  New starting point is Corrylach car park (not the Boat House), which is the starting point for the old 5K races.  this is approx 1 mile further on from the boat house.***********************

The 2018 February Frenzy handicap race will start 10am on Saturday 10th February at Lussa Loch for senior members.  
Feel free to bring home baking for post race treats...the best part of the event!

Slog in the Sand 2017

posted 26 Dec 2017, 12:09 by Enquiries campbeltownrunningclub

Well done to all who took part today!  The sun was shining down on Westport beach for CRC's annual Slog in the Sand 10k and the sand was reasonably firm underfoot making it possibly the best conditions runners have had in this event so far despite a bitter headwind after the turning point.  Congratulations to winners and hardy participants as well as all the cheering spectators and photographers on the beach.  Thank you to Rab, Suzy, Val, Catherine and all the timekeepers and helpers for the event especially a big thank you to the Coastguard (Malcolm and Jamie G!) for volunteering to come out to support our event, ensuring no-one gets swept away!  We hope you all had fun this Boxing Day, rewarded yourself with some of the cake on offer and enjoy the rest of the festivities.

Click here for full race results and timings.  Check out CRC's facebook page for some of the photos.

West Dirstict XC 2017 - Race Report

posted 21 Dec 2017, 05:46 by Enquiries campbeltownrunningclub   [ updated 21 Dec 2017, 14:30 ]

By Stuart McGeachy

It's the cross country season again and the first race attended this winter was the West District 10k at Irvine Moor Race Course on Saturday 9th December. It's fair to say the conditions leading up the race were a tad hairy, with heavy snow and freezing temperatures hitting Scotland.  Thankfully the weather improved on race day to permit 'semi-decent' driving conditions for the journey up.  Temperatures were still close to 0 degrees, however the sun was oot and underfoot was perfect for good times on the grass.

I managed to convince three other hardy b******* to join me and make the journey over to Irvine for the event.  Ewan Smith and Alisdair 'Elgy' O' May (aka Erchie Cook) were making their first outing for XC for CRC whilst Iain McKinnon is a regular for XC events. 

The Erchie Cook reference is related to a cast offjecket from Erchie's previous work, which Elgy inherited...somehow!  Quality jacket and nothing wrong with that you say, but what a state!  All other clubs are looking like pro’s in matching track suits and jackets…then there was the Campbeltown boys!  I mean ffs…. it went doon tae his ankles, with Erchies name fastooned on the chist, parading aboot the field like a young boy wearing his faither’s jecket!!  King! 

Anyway….. as I mentioned we were joined by fellow CRC member Iain McKinnon, who is based in Newcastle but shows his allegiance to the toon as he has family from the area..... and it's also cheaper than joining any other clubs down south 😊.  Really nice guy and in most excellent company with myself, a dooker and an Erchie Cook wannabe!  It was good to get a catch up with the guys prior to the race and managed a quick warmup before the mens event starting at 2pm.  There were 218 runners competing in the senior mens event, with a lot of familiar faces from central belt clubs suggesting it would be a tough race. 

As per usual the XC races starts off like a 100m sprint, jostling for position before the course narrows out.  It was a 3 loop route around the race course with a few tough hills (reasonably flat compared to other courses) and some awkward footing around some of the route.  It was good to see the guys at certain stages in the race to cheer each other on as the route overlapped at certain turns.

It’s fair to say I went off a bit too hard on the first 3 miles, settled in mile 4, and regained it from mile 5 onwards to breath oot my erse at the finish!  I think if you asked most runners out there they did the exact same thing, but I doubt I’d have improved my time going for negative splits as I hung on to a group of runners who I think pulled me along.

As XC races go, it wasn’t that muddy.  The frosty conditions meant the underfoot was quite hard so nowhere near as bad as my experience of West Districts two years ago at Bellahouston….which was just a mud bath!  As a result, times were quite fast was and really happy to finish in 37th place in 35:33.  Ewan Smith was next CRC member in with a brilliant time of 41:05 (125th), and if you look at the runners finishing behind Ewan you get an idea of how good a run that was.  Iain McKinnon wasn’t far behind in 45:55 (185th), which was another great time, especially considering recent injury issues he’s only overcome.  Elgy finished in 48:08 (200th), which is a decent time however isn’t really a true reflection of what he can do.  Elgy has been injured and in self-imposed hibernation from running recently, so just coming back into it and saw this as a good training run.  Fair play to him as it could have been easy just to blank it when not 100%.

Elgy, Ewan and Iain qualified as a master team as three members and finished 17th out of 19 teams.  Considering the quality out there, and the fact not everyone up to full fitness, I think we should be happy with that.  A couple of mins improvement would have seen them taking a good few positions, so something to aim for February.

Appreciate the guys making the effort up to Irvine, especially at this time of the year.  Hopefully we can bring a bigger group up for the Nationals in February.

Tweed Valley Ultra - Race Report

posted 11 Dec 2017, 05:35 by Enquiries campbeltownrunningclub

By Sarah McFadzean

Tweed Valley Ultra, 19th November

The race started in minus three frosty darkness and the chill in the air 
never really went away - I was thankful I had my hand warmers inside my
gloves!  I had not planned to wear the hat which was on the mandatory list however ended up not taking it off! The plus side of such cold
weather was a beautiful frosty view as the dawn broke.  The sun shone all day and the weather really was perfect.  Had it not been so cold the
trails would have been a mud bath and underfoot would have been much less enjoyable.  As it was everything was frozen and feet remained dry

I had never really let myself contemplate the full 41 miles in training and on the day I followed a similar strategy dividing the route in to
sections, for example the check points were at 10K, 11 miles, 21miles and 31 miles....... my Garmin went flat at 35.5 miles so I never saw the
numbers go up ward from there although I did get Strava going on the phone at that point and got the final section recorded, I never did get
to see the evidence of 41 miles on my watch.  But hey that doesn't mean it didn't happen!!

I had guestimated I'd take around 8 hours and the official time recorded is 8hours 40mins, which taking in to account I had a cup of tea at a
check point and faffed about topping up water bottles and taking photo's, used the loo twice (and went alfresco once!)  I think that time
is justifiable.  I took a little walk on a cycle path around 35 miles as the switch from trail to tarmac caused my left knee joint some issues
but after a brisk walk it sorted itself out and I was able to run round the final trails no problem.

I'v not had much chance to properly think about the distance until I measured it out on a drive home from work this week.....that 41mile
drive seemed to take forever! Three weeks on and I've been having an easy return to running, ten days off was followed by a few four mile
runs to test the knees out and a 10K this week to get some mileage back in. Loking forward to training up again for 2018's challenges and
scheduling a 50 miler in 2019 (injuries permitting!).

SKSC 2017 Race Series Results

posted 18 Nov 2017, 05:22 by Enquiries campbeltownrunningclub   [ updated 18 Nov 2017, 05:22 ]

As we mentioned at last weeks prize giving, the SKSC 2017 Race Series complete results and table can be found in the 'SKSC Race Series' page under the 'Events' Section.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page to view this years, and if your're bored previous years as well!

Alternatively you can can click here :-) 

Jimmy Irvine 10k 2017 - Race Report

posted 15 Nov 2017, 13:29 by Enquiries campbeltownrunningclub

The annual Jimmy Irvine 10k at Bellahouston Park took place on Sunday 12th November 2017 on a glorious sunny but bitterly cold day. Organised by Bellahouston Road Runners the route had changed from previous years and runners thought (hoped) that this would be an easier, flatter route. They were wrong.

I had taken part in this race before. In fact, I had vowed never to do this again after the first time. I had found the multiple park loops mentally demoralising and hate the inclines within the park with no support of the crowd. Naturally, I had returned a few times to put myself through the pain again (as you do as a runner) and here I was again! Stuart had signed up after finding out it was a new route. Ideal to finish off the racing year after a tremendous year of great performances, hoping to get another strong finish or even PB. I hadn’t really raced at all during the year, trying to stay away from tempting speedwork that aggravated the injury but I decided to go along to cheer on Stuart and the CRC gang. However, with my injury gradually, hopefully improving (and with the promise of a paid lunch to Wagamamas) I entered the week before. I decided I’d give my injury a test, I’d race it and see how it coped.

When we arrived at registration at Nethercraigs, which was now over a mile away from the park, Stuart bumped into one of his ‘fast friends’ (Crispin Walsh of Bellahouston Harriers) who instantly told him the changes to the route made it “not a PB course” with more hills and lots of twists and turns. Fantastic! A gathering around a few vans indicated the start line and we jumped in for the gun start – and we were off! Straight up a hill. Well that certainly slowed me down but I kept Johnny McCormick in my sights who told me in the warm up he was aiming for around 50 minutes but really wasn’t sure. That would do me, I thought. By 1 km we had already turned around 2 cones and 1 sharp bend and I was wishing it was the end already. The loops allowed you to cheer on fellow runners. I tried to indicate with my eyes “this is bloody horrendous” and a few encouraging words hopefully slipped out instead. By around 4k you had an idea of what the overall route was like as you had to repeat this again and then a mini loop to finish. Johnny had now dropped behind, struggling with a calf injury but he is a trooper and I thought he would overtake me again at any minute. Johnny’s family were out in support so that kept him going and their cheers at the halfway kept me going too – always nice to see a friendly face. I knew Stuart and Jen were looking strong as we turned back and I managed to glimpse Johnny and Lorraine around 6.5k, also looking good. Maybe it was just me that was finding it hard.

By 8k I thought I better look at my Garmin, hopeful that I could still achieve a sub-50 and on quick glance I saw it still in the 30’s so I knew it was possible. I dug deep as I turned the corner for the last mile, wind in face and one last hill, finally setting eyes on Kerry who gave me some encouragement to push on. My leg was getting sorer. I had committed this far so might as well push on for the last straight, I could deal with the pain after. I crossed the line in 45.42. Ecstatic to have it over with, vowing yet again never to do this race again. I was shocked but delighted with my time! Stuart and Jen were already at the finish, looking fresh and happy with their performances. Unfortunately no PBs but that was expected with such a hard course but excellent positions in such a competitive race. Johnny, Kerry and Lorraine finished shortly after and we all departed quickly due to it being bloody freezing! I trotted along the road, adding in a few extra miles to meet Stuart at Wagamamas (keeping his promise), happy that my leg held out, despite a bit of pain now. The next day when processing the results I also realised that I managed to beat my 10k PB… by 1 second! I’ll take that! Considering the past 2 years I’ve thought I’d never get anywhere near that again, I’m chuffed! Maybe 2018 I will be injury free and I can aim for another PB. I live in hope!

6th - Stuart MCGEACHY  00:34:25
63rd - Jennifer Martin  00:39:35
191st - Elaine MCGEACHY 00:45:42
214th -  JohnnyMcCormick 00:46:35
285th -  Kerry O'MAY  00:48:40
333rd - Lorraine MacDonald 00:50:01


posted 15 Nov 2017, 13:17 by Enquiries campbeltownrunningclub   [ updated 15 Nov 2017, 13:18 ]

Congratulations to all our worthy nominees and prizewinners – a fantastic range of achievements over the year. Here is a summary of the prizes :


  • Female 3rd – Lorraine MacDonald 
  • Male 3rd – Ewan Smith
  • Female 2nd – Catherine McLean 
  • Male 2nd – Stuart McGeachy
  • Female 1st – Margaret Sinclair 
  • Male 1st – Sandy McLean


Below is a list of the individual race winners:

  • Race 1 (Campbeltown) - Annabel Semple
  • Race 2 (MACC Base) - Rachael McGeachy
  • Race 3 (Ballochgair) - Rachael Mcgeachy
  • Race 4 (MACC Base) - Susan Turner
  • Race 5 (Campbeltown) - Gerri McAnerney
Below are the SKSC overall podium finishers:
  • Female 3rd – Eilidh Girvan and Hazel Barr 
  • Male 3rd – Neil John MacPhail
  • Female 2nd – MaryAnn Wylie 
  • Male 2nd – Alisdair O'May
  • Female 1st - Susan Turner 
  • Male 1st – Sam Ferguson


CRC Nominated Prizes

  • Most Improved 2017 – Hazel Barr
  • Sporting Achievement 2017 – Ralphy Hill
  • Best Performance 2017 – Stuart McGeachy
  • Club Member of the Year 2017 – Ewan Smith

Junior Prize winners


  • 3rd Rona McLean
  • 2nd Carla Renton
  • 1st Cara McFadzean


  • 3rd James Reid 
  • 2nd Ruairidh Campbell
  • 1st William McLean 

Overall Points - Cara McFadzean

Thanks to Stronvaar Bowling Club for hosting an enjoyable evening.

Toon Ferm 5

posted 7 Nov 2017, 05:41 by Enquiries campbeltownrunningclub   [ updated 7 Nov 2017, 05:41 ]

Due to the disappointment of the day oot at Ormsary for the annual Tin Farm 5, CRC decided to have the Toon Ferm 5 in replacement.  It was a cold winter’s day but the sun shone in favourable conditions for all 20 runners that took part.  It was a bit of a mud fest and a tough hill but everyone was rewarded with amazing views and some good trail at the top. 


HUGE thanks to the McLean’s at Balnagleck for their hospitality, allowing us to use their farm and milking parlour, and to Catherine for the fab photos.  We couldn’t do these events without our faithful volunteers and helpers – thanks to everyone who helped marshal and time-keep - particularly Suzy, Susan, Janette, Iain McG and Ruth.  Thanks also to everyone who provided soup and cakes – they went down a treat and were very much appreciated.  I think we had more cakes than Tin Farm!!!  Finally, thanks to Argyll Bakeries for the donation of rolls and use of their water urn. 


Well done again to all, below are the results -




















































































































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