The inaugural race of the new era started at 10.30 am on the 17th September in glorious weather which allowed the competitors to see Arrochar and its immediate surrounds at its best.  Around 100 competitors started and completed the scenic course.  The runners were sent off with a starting horn operated by Mr Arthur Ross, a winner of the previous event back in 1946.  They moved smoothly out of sight at Stronafyne and in due course ascended the Succoth Hill and then down the mountain bike track to Ardgartan.  They ran around the Ardgartan area and then back to the finish at the Cobbler car park using the broad pavement at the side of Loch Long.   

The competitors were generally very happy with the course, the Marshals and with the organisation.  This was not a traditional flat town road run and one competitor did mention that there was the odd ‘evil part’ of the course.  Given the undulations, the winners’ times of 41:08 minutes for John Fox of Clydesdale Harriers and 43:20 minutes for Simone Charnock of Lochgilphead were very commendable.  The Course Records are now established and will act as a challenge for next year’s runners. 

Many of the competitors and their supporters finished their morning by returning for coffee and cakes to the Three Village Hall for the prizegiving.  The main trophies had been kindly donated by Mr McGilvray, Weldex Limited and Lochs and Glens Holidays.  The race was handsomely supported by a financial grant from the Health and Wellbeing Fund and was also kindly supported by a host of other local organisations who donated their time or prizes. 

This was undoubtedly a great community event and we will be running the race again on the 16th September 2017.  Once again the Race Committee would sincerely thank all the Marshals, the GP Surgery, the Scouts, the Army Cadets, the Mountain Rescuers, the Photographers, the Village Hall and all our generous sponsors who each contributed to a fantastic day.

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