Stranraer Rotary Mull of Galloway Marathon Trail
The annual Marathon trail event, consisting of a 10 mile section from Sandhead to Stranraer and for the hardier competitor a 26+ mile marathon distance from the Mull of Galloway, passes through some of Scotland's most beautiful scenery.
Many Rotarians and friends helped with the preparation for the event and worked hard on the day which was blessed with excellent weather despite the poor forecast.
20 competitors including one lady and two French men started from the Mull and 21, including 13 ladies, started the 10 mile run from Sandhead. The winner of the shorter run was Calum Campbell in an excellent time of 1 hour 12 minutes and 48 seconds and the first lady was Tracy Wilkinson Begg in 1 hour 15 minutes and 34 seconds. The Marathon finished in a dead heat by the two French competitors, Jonathan Dieusart and John Blanchetout, in 3 hours 42 minutes and 13 seconds which smashed the previous record. Third over the line was Mark Caldwell in 3 hours 46 minutes and 30 seconds. Nicole Bonnet, the only lady, finished in 4 hours 27 minutes and 51 seconds.
As usual Rotarian, Hugh Parker and his team put on an excellent barbecue and John Munro provided music, including the Marseillaise, for the two impressive French runners whose new friendship (this was the first time that thy had met) based on their Scottish adventure will give them memories to cherish!
The photo below (first left) shows the runners ready to start from the Mull of Galloway. The one on the right was taken at Sandhead when the participants on the shorter course were ready to start. Bottom left shows the joint winners of the marathon crossing the finish line at Stranraer Marina.