Half marathon cheers

Kenny com­pletes 35th and fi­nal race

The Galloway News - - FRONT PAGE - Bob Ged­des

Vet­eran Kenny Pat­ter­son stole the show at the 35th Kirkcud­bright Academy Half Marathon on Satur­day which saw around 150 com­peti­tors tak­ing part.

The 72-year-old has com­pleted all 35 Kirkcud­bright events and says he won’t be com­pet­ing again de­spite knock­ing 15 min­utes off his 2017 time.

Al­though he couldn’t com­pete with the even­tual win­ner Eliot Sed­man from Grange­mouth Triathlon Club, who fin­ished al­most three min­utes clear of the field, Kenny fin­ished in a cred­i­ble 100th po­si­tion and a time of 2.31.01 which de­lighted him.

He was cheered on through­out the race and ban­ners wel­comed him along the route and in Twyn­holm and Kirkcud­bright.

Kenny said: “I knocked 15 min­utes off last year’s time. It was so warm I just wanted to get fin­ished.

“That’s me now, I had a few tears along the way but I’m fin­ished now. That was my last one af­ter do­ing all 35. Last year was worse than this one for it was just un­real and I had to stop then.

“I never stopped this year ex­cept for a wee drink. The spec­ta­tors were cheer­ing and there were posters all over and I feel real chuffed about do­ing all the marathons.”

He added: “The fam­ily was cheer­ing me on. They were real spe­cial and I couldn’t have done it with­out them. What a sup­port I’ve had to­day, Burn­bank was just un­real with all the folk there cheer­ing me on.”

At the front Eliot Sed­man raced away at the start in soar­ing tem­per­a­tures – which reached the seven­ties by midday – but de­spite this he fin­ished in a time of 77.39 min­utes.

Eliot, who now lives in Falkirk, stayed in Kirkcud­bright for two years from 2013 to 2015. He said: “This is the fourth time I’ve done it but the first time I’ve won the race al­though I’ve been in the top 10 be­fore.

“My time to­day is the fastest I’ve ever run a half marathon. It was hot all along but par­tic­u­larly so in the mid­dle sec­tion to­wards Twyn­holm where it was very hot on the hill.

“There was great sup­port, es­pe­cially at the pubs at Twyn­holm where the guys gave me a cheer there. The water stops and the mar­shals were tremen­dous.”

Sec­ond place went to Mark An­thony Hall from Ot­ley AC in a time of 80.39.

He said: “It was re­ally warm but I like it here and I won this race in 2016 as well as hav­ing a sec­ond and third. I en­joyed it al­though it was tough, warm and windy.”

Gary Bai­ley, Pud­sey and Bram­ley AC took third, 18 sec­onds be­hind.

The top run­ner from the re­gion was Char­lie Stor­rie from Dum­fries RC who fin­ished in fourth in 84.33 in his first at­tempt at the race.

He said: “I en­joyed it. It was re­ally bril­liant al­though it was very warm and the go­ing was hard in places. I was re­ally pleased to fin­ish as far up.”

A reg­u­lar at the half marathon is Lisa Finlay from DRC and she notched up her sec­ond win in a row fin­ish­ing in fifth place over­all in 86.46 to col­lect the Lyn­d­say Line Quaich for top fe­male.

She said: “I think I’ve now won five here. It was very hot to­day and def­i­nitely hard work.

“I love the scenery of this event, the at­mos­phere, the whole day for there is some­thing for ev­ery­one here. My son’s do­ing it and my sis­ter Sian ran the Beeches and won the fe­male sec­tion.”

She added: “I’ve no real plans for the rest of the year but I may do the World Masters in Malaga. I’ll also be do­ing some of the lo­cal races dur­ing the sum­mer such as Mof­fat and Cas­tle Dou­glas.”

Sec­ond in the fe­male sec­tion was Donna Bur­nett from the Hardrock Hood­lums at Dal­beat­tie in a time of 93.49 and she said: “This is my best fin­ish at Kirkcud­bright and I’m happy with the time as well which is my best.

“This is my fourth time here and my best time.”

ADAC run­ner Gra­ham McLel­lan had one of his best fin­ishes tak­ing sixth spot while just be­hind him was Kevin McCaig of Dum­fries RC with club­mate Sandy Shank­land in 10th and part of the win­ning team along with Char­lie Stor­rie and Kevin McCaig. Sandy also won The Hall Baird Salver for the over 60s.

In the ladies sec­tion the team award and Har­bour Beauty Stu­dio Tro­phy went to Kirkcud­bright Run­ning Club made up of Em­manuelle Priev, Shanna Stitt and Pamela Stitt.

Dug­gie Gille­spie, another mem­ber of the Kirkcud­bright RC, fin­ished in 11th place and col­lected the Ar­den House Tro­phy for the first lo­cal male and the David McCrae Tro­phy for the first Kirkcud­bright run­ner. His time was 92.54.

Sec­ond in the lo­cal male sec­tion was David Hen­der­son of the Kirkcud­bright Club who was run­ning his first ever half marathon and fin­ished in a time of 102.06.

He said: “I’ve al­ways been go­ing to do this half marathon but never got round to do­ing it. I re­ally en­joyed it and I’m glad I took part.”

Tak­ing 15th place was Gal­loway News re­porter Stu­art Gille­spie, a mem­ber of Dum­fries RC, whose time was 96.42.

First fe­male Lisa Finlay at the line

Race vet­eran Kenny Pat­ter­son with his fam­ily and sup­port­ers af­ter fin­ish­ing his 35th half marathon

Well done Race win­ner Eliot Sed­man re­ceives his tro­phy from Kenny Pat­ter­son

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