Stranraer Rotary Mull of Galloway Marathon Trail
The Mull of Galloway Trail is one of the few routes that occur at marathon length, making it an ultimate challenge for many trail runners. Stranraer Rotary has run the event for the last three years, with increasing popularity. 27 participants were delivered by bus to start from the Mull of Galloway with a further 15 a shorter ten mile course form Sandhead, The trail was showcased by fine but cool weather, and presented in first class condition.
Lucy Colquhoun, legendary holder of the record for the 95 miles West Highland Way race in 17 hours 16 minutes has become a regular competitor in the event and soon took the lead over local Gareth Steel, now a vet in Cardiff. Despite a challenge around Sandhead, Lucy's experience showed and by Barnultoch she had a good lead, arriving at the marina office at Stranraer to finish in a record time of 3hr 46min, Gareth arriving four minutes later, also breaking previous times.
The "short" ten mile course was won by Martin Smith in a creditable 1hr 34min, with Ailsa Taggart soon after in 1hr 42min.
The barbecue at the Marina office gave shelter from the chilly wind, and was well attended with many tales swapped and tips for quicker times next year. Visitors from Edinburgh, Girvan and throughout Dumfries and Galloway all gave thumbs up to the event as a future classic and a most friendly event.
The photo on the left shows the runners ready to start from the Mull of Galloway with the walkers/runners from Sandhead featuring in the photo on the right