6 Jul

Kerry Leads From the Front to Take Gold in Arran

Arran HaM the Start

Congratulations to Girvan's Kerry Liam Wilson for a fine performance in the heat and hills of Sunday's Arran Half Marathon. Kerry led the field of over 100 racers from the start at sunny Blackwaterfoot and maintained his lead as the race made its way uphill to Shiskine and along the undulating road to Torbeg before joining the coast road from Tormore to Auchagallon. At the six mile point the route turned right and Kerry broke away from the following pack as he ascended the hills on the Machrie Moor road and over to The String road, through Ballymichael and Shiskine before being rewarded with a flat and downhill section back to the race start/finish in Blackwaterfoot in an impressive time of 1:13:28. Local runner and sub-three hour Marathon runner Jan Roxburgh won the Women's Race in 1:25:12.

Men's Race

Cambuslang's Stuart Gibson finished behind Kerry in second spot with a time of 1:16:02, followed by Corstorphine's Grant Wilkie in 1:19:11.
Robert Rogerson of Kirkintilloch Olympians claimed first M40 prize with John McLaughlan of Kilbarchan finishing second. Unattached Terence Coyle won the M50 race with Robert McEwan of Bellahouston Road Runners picking up the M50 second prize. Hamilton's David Adams collected the M60 prize.

Women's Race

Claire Thompson of Bellahouston Road Runners was second in the Women's Race completing the course in 1:28:53, followed by Arran's Jennifer Emsley in 1:29:32. Peebleshire's Julia Connor of Moorfoot won the F35 race with Pauline Wright of Bellahouston Road Runners collecting the F35 second prize. Unattached Alison White won the F45 race.

Team Race

Bellahouston Road Runners capped a successful day by winning the Team Prize with Brian O'Donnell, Robert McEwan and Joe Sheridan accumulating the points.

Speaking to SCOTTISH RUNNING GUIDE Race Winner Kerry Liam Wilson said "It was a great wee race, with fantastic scenery. The chance to have a swim and sauna at the Race HQ, the Kinloch Hotel, after the race was an added bonus and just what my legs needed."

Full Results