The Run Rhaw Argyll Mile returned in August, this time in day light and weather more suited to fast running. The route was the same, but the lighter night and better conditions meant the runners didn't need to worry about relying on their head torches to navigate the route. Although the better conditions do provide sone additional hazards - those extendable dog leads and the football crowds don't make for stress free running or spectating!
The runners all donned race numbers (as will be the case for the future events) and both regulars and new faces were there to race, with the added bonus of spectators there to witness the efforts put in by the runners. This race seen the grand return of a local hero. Brian Marsland, who many will remember from the glory days of the polaroid 10K series in the early 2000s were he won many a hard fought race and was an inspiration to everyone who was lucky enough to see him race.
At 1840 hours the runners were off and sprinting down the opening straight - this was an absolutely rapid start to the race by everyone. The race quickly strung out over the short course and by the first corner newcomer Paul McMahon was first round the only right hand bend on the course, and the rest of the field beginning to string out behind.
The first runner through the big loop was Paul McMahon, who was absolutely bounding his way uphill and around the course, knocking out the first loop in an astounding 2:53. Lewis was the next runner through with the last race winner Jamie Close behind.
In the ladies race Roberta Fletcher was first through the big loop in 3:37, closely followed by Lynsey Wilkie who was also running in her first mile race.
The remaining runners were strung out through the loop and were cheered on by the spectators who were braving the impending downpour, which began as most athletes were on the second loop.
First across the line was Paul McMahon, making his Argyll debut, who burst across the line in an amazing 4:52, easily taking the Strava segments for both the big and small loop and being the first to run sub 5 minute Argyll Mile. Closely following Paul was teen Lewis Boal, finishing strong and driving around the last uphill bend to finish in an amazing 5:31. Last race winner Jamie Goudie, rightly donning the number 1 on his T shirt, finished a strong 3rd place in 5:38, bettering his time from the winter.
In the ladies race Roberta finished first, coming over the line finishing strong in 6:07, with Lynsey coming close behind in 6:25. Kirsty Goudie completed the ladies podium in 6:43.
Full results here;
Paul McMahon - 4:52
Lewis Boal - 5:31
Jamie Goudie - 5:38
Denis Coleman - 5:41
Neil McConnell - 5:43
Daniel Burns - 5:49
Matthew Can't - 6:00
Chris Jonstone - 6:01
Roberta Fletcher - 6:07
Cameron Gilchrist - 6:14
Craig Clifford - 6:24
Lynsey Wilkie - 6:25
Brian Marsland - 6:42
Kirstie Goudie - 6:43
Nicola Crook - 7:07
Graeme Gillies - 7:13
Ian Shaw - 7:26
Dave Clark - 7:35
Amy Gray - 9:37
Well done to everyone who ran. Like all Run Rhaw events, these events are designed at self improvement. Thank you to everyone who crossed the line and walked back to cheer on the runners to still come through - this is the type of atmosphere that we want at Run Rhaw events, so a genuine thank you and please keep that up. Thank you to the supporters and to those who helped with timing.
Also a big thanks for Chris of Lomond Photography, who was on hand to photo the pain of the runners. The link to the photos for the race can be accessed at the following link;
and then select client portal, then Run Rhaw mile race.
Link here to the last Mile Race results;
Thanks again to everyone. See you at a start line again soon!