Taynish 10K 2018

Post date: Jun 6, 2018 12:51:55 PM

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.

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