Michael said : My wife and I had never been to the Mull of Kintyre before, so we thought we’d combine a long weekend there with running the half marathon. There is also a 10K race, and both events begin together in Campbeltown, before separating early on.
Apart from the uphill stretch out of Campbeltown , the race is less hilly than one night imagine. The ½ marathon course takes you out to the beach at Machrihanish, and the ¾ mile stretch running along the beach is certainly exhilarating, with the Atlantic breakers crashing on to the sand.
The course is well marshalled, the locals were very welcoming, the pre-race pasta party was excellent value for money, and the post-race ceilidh, which we didn’t make, is apparently great fun for young and old alike.
I had thought I was the only “ERN’er” running the race but Neil Page came up and introduced himself to me at the finish, so there were two of us! (ah, the benefits of wearing the ERN club vest!). Neil finished 9th, and I was 46th out of the 205 finishers. Indeed, I somehow managed to be the second “male 50” to cross the line. A further 420 runners finished the 10K race.
The weather for three of the four days we were there was good, with (dare I say it) plenty of warm sunshine but the day we drove home saw an all-day downpour. We stayed in a self-catering cottage in Carradale, a delightful village on the east coast of the peninsular.
Highly recommended to others “ERN’ers” for 2014!