Early start for half marathon entrants
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