It has been a busy weekend for members of the Ayr Seaforth Road Race section with several in action at various locations around Britain. On Saturday Tim Downie completed the John Muir Way Trail Ultra Marathon which is a 50km ultra race that primarily takes place along The John Muir Way in East Lothian navigating through places such as Gullane & North Berwick before finishing in Dunbar. Tim was one of 165 runners who took part and he completed the 50km course in a creditable 5hrs 21mins.
Next up was Laurence Baker who also competed on Saturday but this time in a slightly longer race, namely the Glasgow to Edinburgh Ultra Marathon. This is a 55 mile race which starts in Ruchill Park, Glasgow and follows a course along both the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals before taking in the Antonine Wall & Falkirk Wheel before the finish in Edinburgh Key. A truly daunting prospect for most but Laurence completed the course in 10hrs 38mins.
On Sunday 3 athletes took part in this years Manchester Marathon. John Ross and George Ross both completed the 26 miles in 2:58.05 followed by Stephen McDowall in 3:15.34.
Also running was Janice McKellar in the Tom Scott 10 mile race. This race takes place on paths around Strathclyde Loch and Janice completed the 10 miles in 1:29.28.
3 members of Ayr Seaforth were amongst nearly 400 runners who set off on 5th November for the sixth staging of the Glen Ogle 33 mile ultra marathon. The course started and finished in Killin, and undulates through the Stirlingshire countryside with 2,700 ft of ascent.
The Seaforth team acquitted themselves well with Kevin Bloy first home in 4 hrs 40 (35th place) followed by Davie Jones (5.15 – 87th) and Scott McIntosh (5.55 – 190th).
This years TamFest 5k Fun Run was organised by Ayr Seaforth with the race starting and finishing in Ayr High Street, after leaving the High Street runners crossed the River Ayr then followed a route taking them along the river to the Fire Station and back to the High Street for a second lap of the course. Several competitors took the occasion to heart running in fancy dress outfits but it was runners wearing the colours of Ayr Seaforth who took the honours with U17 Declan McGhee winning the male race and U15 Rosie Davidson taking the female race. All proceeds received from the race entries are being donated to the Aberlour Child Care Trust in Prestwick. Full results for all runners can be found below:-
This weekend saw the Great Scottish Run once again take place in Glasgow city centre and again there were numerous athletes from Ayr Seaforth competing in the various races. First up on Saturday was the Junior 2.5k race which saw 11 athletes from the Junior section competing. The performance of the day was no doubt that of U15 girl Rosie Davidson who took 3rd place in her age group gaining the bronze medal. Sunday was the turn of the senior athletes as they competed in either the 10k Road Race or the half marathon which was won by Scottish Olympian Callum Hawkins. Several Seaforth athletes gained excellent personal best performances in both races. Well done to everyone who competed.
For the first time in many years, Ayr Seaforth entered two teams into the George Cummings Road Relay held on a challenging 2.7 mile course in Houston, Renfrewshire. Despite hills, rain and wind, the teams finished in 10th and 26th place in the mens events in what is a high quality field. Team A – 10th place Fraser Stirling (14.23) Craig McPike (14.35) Calum MacDonald (15.16) Kenny Neill (14.20) Team B – 26th place Stephen McCrorie (15.23) John Ross (16.13) Iain Pettigrew (18.02) Craig Brown (16.09)