The Hoka Highland Fling is a 53 mile trail race which takes place every year in April. The route follows the West Highland Way, Scotland’s oldest official long distance footpath, through the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. There is a 15hr time limit placed on participants and this years race saw 625 finishers. This year both the male and female records were broken with Donnie Campbell setting a new mens record of 6hrs51.06 and Beth Pascall setting a womens record of 7hrs52.55.
There were 3 Seaforth athletes taking part this year with Mark Caldwell claiming the Masters category Bronze medal in a time of 9hrs00.03 for 41st place overall, Andrew Crichton was 112nd in 10hrs01.07 and Davie Jones in his debut Ultra Marathon was 252nd in a time of 11hrs18.23.
A big well done to all from Ayr Seaforth.
On Wednesday 20th April Ayr Seaforth seniors Stuart McColm, Iain Pettigrew and James Pettigrew took part in the Kaim Hill fell race over a distance of 5.5Km. The race started in Fairlie and after a short section on the road the punishing 1250 ft ascent through mud and gorse began. James finished 29th out of 105 runners, Iain was 70th and fell debutante Stuart was 79th. The most important statistic for a fell runner is their percentage relative to the winner’s time and James competed the race in 37 minutes 41 seconds which was 31% greater than the winner. Iain’s time of 44 minutes 59 seconds was 57% greater and Stuart was 74% greater with a time of 50 minutes and 41 seconds.
Well done to all who took part.
3rd – (1,2,3 min) *5 (1min Rec)
10th – 5k TT
17th – Hills
24th – 3 sets (5 x 2min) 1min Rec (2min btwn Sets)
31st – 3 sets (4×3 min) 1 min Rec (2 min btwn sets)
7th – paarlauf
14th – 5k TT
21st – Hills
28th – 2 sets (3x5min) 1 min rec (2 min btwn sets)
5th – 3 sets (3,4,5 min) 1 min Rec (2 min btwn sets)
12th – 5k TT
19th – Hills
26th – 7*4min (1 min Rec)
2nd – (5x2min) (4x5min) 1 min Rec
9th – 5k TT
16th – Hills
23rd – 3 sets (4×3 min) 1 min rec (2 min btwn sets)
30th – (4x3min) (3x4min)(2x5min) 1 min Rec
6th – 6x5min 1 min Rec
13th – 5k TT
20th – Hills
27th – 1,2,3,4,5,5,4,3,2,1 (1 min Rec)
A paarauf session is done on an oval circuit in pairs. one partner stands half way along one straight and partner half way along opposite straight. one runner does effort round half of circuit and then tags partner who runs effort round remainder of circuit, Once you have tagged partner your recovery is to jog across oval to your original starting point to be tagged by your partner and so forth. it is a good way to keep everyone together. Will do a demonstration on the day
Saturday saw this years National Junior Road Race Championships take place once again at Battery Park, Greenock. A much smaller contingent than that in recent years from Seaforth took part but there were still medals won on the day.
In the U13 boys race over 2.5km Alex Crooks was 43rd in a time of 9.32 with Blair Gemmell in 71st with a time of 11.04.
The U13 girls ran over the same 2.5km course and had the result of the day with the team winning the team silver medal. First home was Morven Hubbard in 7th place in a time of 9.13 followed by Evie Mackay (13th) 9.27 and Rosie Davidson (16th) 9.38.
Logan Cotter was the sole representative in the older age groups competing in the U15 boys 4.2km race finishing in 45th place with a time of 16.27.
National Junior Road Race Championships 2016
The annual Anglo Celtic Plate 100k ultra race was held at North Inches Park, Perth on Sunday 27 March. The race distance is 100k (62.2 miles) and takes place over a 2.381k course which runs on the banks of the River Tay.
The race itself is a home countries international contested between teams from Scotland, England, Ireland & Wales but is also open to other entrants. Representing Ayr Seaforth this year was Laurence Baker who ran in the over 50 section and was placed 16th overall with a time of 9:51.50. A big well done from all at Seaforth.
Seventeen members of Ayr Seaforths Road Racing section ran at the Alloa Half Marathon with many of these athletes using this race as part of their training for the upcoming marathons at London and Liverpool. The big hills near the end of the race did not stop six of the group from obtaining personal bests, in particular Scott McIntosh who managed to beat his pb by a massive five minutes. Well done to all the runners!
24th Kenny Neill 1.16.58
156th John Ross 1.26.12
176th Stephen McDowall 1.27.12 (pb)
205th Paul Turnbull 1.28.14
396th Gael Riddle 1.34.50
407th Kevin Bloy 1.35.10
408th Craig Brown 1.35.10
409th David Jones 1.35.10 (pb)
519th Scott McIntosh 1.37.40 (pb)
521st Stuart Brockie 1.37.21
567th Stephen McCrorie 1.38.57
644th Andrew Crichton 1.40.49
898th Stuart McColm 1.46.43 (pb)
1064th Lindsay Fullarton 1.49.49 (pb)
1237th Stuart McLean 1.54.17
1320th Noelle McQuillan 155.51 (pb)
1683rd Laura Jamieson 2.05.19
The Balloch to Clydebank Half Marathon took place on Sunday 13 March in what can be described as very mild conditions. The race itself starts at Loch Lomond and after a 3 mile stretch along the River Leven winds its way through Renton, Dumbarton, Milton and Bowling before finishing in Clydebank. Seaforth had 3 runners in the 386 who finished and the results for the Ayr runners are shown below:-
Craig McPike(25th) – 1hr:18.24 (PB)
Steven Reid(33rd) – 1hr:19.52
Stephen McCrorie(58th) – 1hr:23.26
This years Ronhill Cambuslang ’10k Down By The River Race’ took place on Saturday 6 March in favourable dry conditions. There were two athletes from Ayr Seaforth competing in the shape of Stephen McCrorie and Craig McPike. Craig came home in 15th place with a time of 35.48 and Stephen in 23rd place with a time of 36.58. Well done to both.
The Ayr Seaforth Road Race Championships are open to all Senior/U20 1st claim members of Ayr Seaforth.
A points total is calculated from an athletes 6 best point scoring events to count towards the Championship. Points awarded for ranking events are as per shown below:-
1st – 25 points
2nd – 23 points
3rd – 21 points
4th – 20 points
5th – 19 points
6th – 18 points
Male & Female Senior / U20 Road Race Championships 2016
||Rons Runners Irvine 5k
||Arran Half Marathon
||Girvan Half Marathon
||Irvine 5 mile
||North Ayrshire 10k
||Cumbrae 10 mile
||Best 5k Time Trial
||Best 10k time(Outwith above races)
||Jan-Glasgow Half Marathon
||Best Half Marathon Time(Outwith above races)
||Best Marathon Time(Outwith above races)
This years Strathclyde Park Veterans Relays took place last week with Seaforth having 2 teams taking part. Teams of 4 athletes each complete the 3.8 mile course with a total of 47 teams taking their place on the starting line. Results for the Seaforth teams can be seen below :-
Strathclyde Park Veterans Relays - Team 1
Strathclyde Park Veterans Relays - Team 2