3 Oct

Join Kirkintilloch Olympians to honour former member

Just one day remains to sign up for the ninth Neil McCover Memorial Half Marathon, to be held this Sunday, 6 October. 

The event, first organised by the Kirktintilloch Olympians in 2011, pays tribute to former member Neil McCover, and honours his significant contribution to both his club and athletics.

McCover, a competing athlete, club chair and junior coach was killed in a cycling accident on 8 October 2010 whilst cycling with police colleagues. He was a keen long distance runner, competing in marathons, duathlons and triathlons, and counted the European Ironman Austria amongst his greatest achievements.

McCover was also a Superintendent in Strathclyde Police, involved latterly in police training and had been a leading member of the police athletics team.

The Neil McCover Memorial Half Marathon will be held on public roads in and around Kirkintilloch, East Dumbartonshire, and take in Milton of Campsie, Lennoxtown, Torrance and Lenzie. The route is challenging, ‘with some undulations’, but fast times and PBs are not unknown.

The 2019 edition of the event incorporates the Scottish Veteran Harriers Club (SVHC) half-marathon championship race, and is a points-earning event in the Run4it series.

Last year’s Neil McCover Memorial Half Marathon was won by David Murray of home club Kirkintilloch Olympians (1.14.51). First female home in 2018 was Katie White of Garscube Harriers (1.23.30). White won the gold medal at the Scottish Half Marathon Championships at the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow last weekend.

Registration for the Neil McCover Memorial Half Marathon is open online until Friday, 4 October, with no entries on the day.