Early start for half marathon en­trants

The Galloway News - - RUGBY -

This year’s Kirkcud­bright Academy Half Marathon is to start two hours ear­lier on May 26.

The race has his­tor­i­cally got un­der way at 1pm but, due to in­creas­ing tem­per­a­tures, run­ners have been bat­tling through the hottest part of the day. In 2017 sev­eral run­ners col­lapsed due to heat ex­haus­tion – some­thing that has never hap­pened be­fore.

In or­der to avoid a re­peat, the race will now set off at 11am. The knock on is that the very pop­u­lar half marathon walk will also start ear­lier at 9am. The or­gan­is­ers are very anx­ious to get the word out about th­ese new start times, es­pe­cially as the start times have been two hours later for the last 35 years.

Reg­is­tra­tion will now open at 8.30am for the walk­ers and 9.30am for the run­ners. As well as avoid­ing the hottest part of the day, it is hoped that the many vis­i­tors to the town will be free to spend the af­ter­noon re­lax­ing in the town or tak­ing part in the Spring Fling which hap­pens over the same week­end.

The or­gan­is­ers also wish to apol­o­gise in ad­vance for any dis­rup­tion the race may cause. A park­ing re­stric­tion will be in place all along St Mary’s Street from the John­ston School to the town hall from Fri­day evening un­til 2pm on Satur­day, al­low­ing for a safe run­ning lane through the town for tired re­turn­ing run­ners.

You can sup­port this im­por­tant lo­cal event by ei­ther com­ing along on the day to soak up the at­mos­phere, take part your­self or sim­ply wave and en­cour­age any run­ners and walk­ers as they pass you on their way.

En­tries can be made on­line at www.kahm. org.uk un­til May 23. There will also be some late en­tries on the day.

They’re off The start of last year’s half marathon at Kirkcud­bright Academy

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