Close to 100 runners took on the River Ayr Way (RAW) Challenge in sunny conditions on Saturday (17 September). David McLure finished men’s winner in 4:57:30 with Morgan Windram-Geddes of Fife AC fastest female (5:55:01). The fastest relay team was made up of Alick Walkinshaw, Alan Tait and Alistair Cox with a combined time of 4:46.
The River Ayr Way is Scotland’s first source to sea path network, passing through some of Ayrshire’s most spectacular and varied scenery with an abundance of wildlife and runs from its source at Glenbuck Loch to the sea at Ayr.
For runABC Scotland’s Alex Osborne the event marked his debut ultra. He commented afterwards: “The River Ayr Way blew me away with its beauty. The course was amazingly stunning from start to finish, helped with the glorious weather. The organisers were excellent – numerous water stations, well-stocked checkpoints and happy, cheery marshals helped flagging spirits along the 40-mile route.
“The closeness of runners was the most apparent of any race I’ve competed in. My first ultra, and everyone taking part was more like one big family – helping, supporting, encouraging, laughing and crying with each other.
Adding: “Can’t recommend RAW enough for any experienced ultra runner, or someone looking for their first.”
For a full list of results, visit our race listings page.
Image courtesy Sandra Hunter