Neil’s Report Card for Mull of Kintyre Half Marathon
Finishing Position: 6th, (dubious official result I think – I counted myself 7th!)
Time: 1hr 28mins 9secs (not a personal best, but not too far away from it!)
Race Comments: Relatively small field of 150; most participants on the day did the simultaneous 10k. Nonetheless, the half was really well marshalled, signed (every mile) and supported by the locals. The course I suppose could be described as an ‘out and back’ with Campbeltown as the base point. In my opinion the route was pretty tricky with wind exposed stretches, undulations, turns and an approx. 3 mile midpoint section comprising beach, grassy farmland and sand dunes. Perhaps not an obvious PB candidate race, but it had some very fine scenic qualities and a few vociferous spectators that helped gee me up. Luckily, the sun was pleasantly out in the morning; it never rained until after the event! Unfortunately for me I was just out of the medals; 3 guys brushed me and weary limbs aside in the last ¼ mile – agghh! – however, I was more than happy to finish in a respectable time and in one piece! Post race goodies included a sky blue t-shirt, nice ceramic medal, lovely sandwich, tasty Danish pastry, a cup of tea, water and the chance of a massage or reflexology treatments for a donation.
Social Aspects: There was an official pre-race pasta party held for the runners on the Saturday night at Campbeltown’s sports centre which had plentiful and tasty offerings and usefully gave people the chance to meet up, register, view the route, ask the organisers questions and eye up the opposition. Also, a very well attended after-race ceilidh was held in the town’s Victoria Hall – what a night was had. The special commemorative beer was flowing, the dance floor was continually full and we witnessed some award winning performances of the pipes and drums in a very modern context. A really good way to finish off.
Summary: Great weekend away, well worth doing the pasta party and staying for the ceilidh on Sunday night for that all round experience! I would do it all again…