MACC Chal­lenge is a crip­pling cross coun­try

Campbeltown Courier - - SPORT - Mark Davey ed­i­tor@camp­bel­town­courier.co.uk

POS­SI­BLY Kin­tyre’s best spec­ta­tor event will see 190 crazy chal­lengers take on 42 ob­sta­cles in less than five miles.

Wee Toon War­rior Fiona Ir­win, known for her own fe­ro­cious fit­ness, has taken over run­ning the MACC Chal­lenge for 2017 and has added 10 fresh ob­sta­cles in­clud­ing a pond, nick­named Bin­nie’s Bath after the man who dug it out.

Host Ms Ir­win said: ‘I am quite happy with the en­tries at 190. All are en­tered as indi- vid­u­als although there are bound to be some teams.

‘Regis­tra­tion for pre-en­tered chal­lengers opens at 8.15am to­mor­row morn­ing (Satur­day) and the first waves of rac­ers de­part at 9am.

‘There are 15 minute in­ter­vals be­tween waves. I don’t want to say too much about the ob­sta­cles so not to give the game away.

‘Camp­bel­town Coop will be do­nat­ing all wa­ter, ba­nanas and ce­real bars at the event.’

En­try this year was set at £27.50 which in­cludes a re-de­signed tee shirt, by Linn Cof- field of L C De­sign and Ar­gyll Bak­eries’ re- fresh­ments at the fin­ish.

All prof­its from the event will be do­nated to the cho­sen char­ity which is Camp­bel­town Young Fire­fight­ers.

On Sun­day the young fire­fight­ers tested the course in blaz­ing but cool Novem­ber sun­shine and gave it the thumbs up.

The se­nior fire­fight­ers will be op­er­at­ing the usual slip­pery slide at the fin­ish and may be at other lo­ca­tions dur­ing the race.

Ms Ir­win added: ‘Vol­un­teers and mar­shalls are the heart of ev­ery event, without th­ese amaz­ing peo­ple no event would go ahead.

‘So if jump­ing into big muddy pud­dles isn’t for you but you wouldn’t mind watch­ing oth­ers do it give us a mes­sage and get in­volved. We can guar­an­tee you will have lots of fun.’

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Rac­ers slide to the fin­ish last year.

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Fish sci­en­tist David Bas­sett found the nets a cinch last year.

Th­ese young­sters were wired up for some ‘reel’ fun as they tested an ob­sta­cle.

Young testers on the course last week­end.

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