28 Dec

Breezy Boxing Day

A Boxing Day turnout of over 400 defied gale-force winds to enjoy the bracing sea air at the Turkey Trot races in Ayr. Runners battled hard into the winds and swirling sands for the first 3K in the feature 10K event before running through a housing estate in the middle stages of the race.

Back at the seafront, runners took advantage of the powerful gusts now at their backs and recorded some very fast kilometre splits. Avoiding the distraction of dramatic sea spray, Ronhill Cambuslang Harrier Stuart Gibson (32:32) finished first ahead of David McNamee (33:14) and clubmate Kerry Liam Wilson (33:38). Edinburgh AC's Sarah Hood (36:12) and local runner Louise Hill-Stirling (39:50) were the female sub-40 runners.

Robert Kenneth (48:10) filled the mid-point place in a field dominated by club runners; Kilmarnock Harriers, Ayr Seaforth, Troon Tortoises and Irvine AC all sent out big contingents for a well-run event (organised by Ayrodynamic Triathlon Club) that saw participants enjoying an excellent spread post-race at the Ayr Citadel Leisure Centre.

In the 5K, Nick King (17:30) and Kara Tait (19:19) were fastest male and female.

Almost 200 Turkey Trotters in Nairn countered festive excesses completing the traditional 5k. Kyle Greig (17:28), Gavin Fulton (17:49) and Steven Mackay (18:18) were the men's 1-2-3 while Melissa Whyte (18:48) came home in a race record time ahead of Jenny Bannerman (20:05). Midpoint runner was Morag Macleod (27:12). Race report and photos on Nairn Road Runners website.