Half marathon cheers
Kenny completes 35th and final race
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