The damp weather may not have matched the title of the event, but the inaugural Babcock Helensburgh Summer 7 proved a great success with competitors last Sunday (10 August). Despite heavy rain and less than summery temperatures, an impressive number of runners turned out for the new event, organised by Helensburgh AAC, which replaced Helensburgh Half Marathon this year.
The unusual 7-mile distance provided an intriguing challenge for participants who set off from Colquhoun Square in the heart of Helensburgh, heading out of town before coming back along Rhu Road Higher, across Sinclair Street and following a loop which brought the field into the Hermitage Park finish via Cardross Road and King St. The final section included a particularly strength-sapping hill!
Plenty of competitors still showed an impressive turn of speed, however, with first place going to Craig Reid of Bellahouston Roadrunners, clocking the winning time of 38 minutes and 52 seconds. Portobello's Gareth Green was just over one minute behind in second place (39:59), with Helensburgh AAC's own Chris Moses pushing him all the way to the line in 40:04. The ladies event was won by Dumbarton's Nicola Pearson in 45:23.
Organisers, Helensburgh AAC, expressed their gratitude to title sponsor Babcock, as well as Sweatshop, Helensburgh Toyota and AG Barr for their help in staging the event.
Race director Damien Theaker added: 'I would like to offer my thanks to all of you who turned out early on a grey damp Sunday morning to help make the Helensburgh Summer 7 a successful event.'
For a full list of results, visit our race listings page.