The Third Inveraray Jail Break run did not enjoy the blue skies of previous years but nonetheless records were smashed as a field of 36 took on the challenge of Dun Na Cuiche. After torrential rain the day before runners were warned of slippery conditions on the route with loose stones and low branches adding to the fun. The front runners were soon circling the tower and making ready for the descent. Peter Davenport (27:04) and Tom Smith (27:49) raced down the hill clearly in the lead with Peter breaking the previous course record by 1 minute and 42s.
Paul Thompson (29:00) coming in 3rd overall and first Male Veteran broke his own record set in 2009 by 14s closely followed by first female Nicola Meekin (29:36) . Nicola took the FS course record set in 2010 by a magnificent 2m 58s. The male Juniors David McAllister (30:37) and Toby Corner (32:27) had a fast and furious race with David coming home 5th overall, and first Mid Argyll finisher with Toby finishing 8th. The minutes between 34-36 were busy ones for timekeepers Bill McCallum and Jacquie Patrick with the majority of runners coming in. John Dale (34:19) from Mid Argyll Triathlon Club did the local runners proud by taking the third Male Veteran prize.
In the Female Veteran category all prizes stayed in Mid Argyll with Dinah Bosomworth (38:10), Ormsary retaining first place for the second year running. Liz Taylor Feeney (43:10) was next in followed by race organiser Fiona Corner (45:58).
First female junior Freya Corner (44:00) and record holder from last year was having a tactical run overtaking Minard’s Kirsten Paterson,(44:08) taking part in her first hill race seconds from the line. Marshals and First aiders provided fantastic support as always and were much appreciated for their cheerful encouragement. Bananas and Water were available at the finish line courtesy of David and Kathy Owen, Londis, tablet made by Shannon, Argyll Adventure was a hit for the third year running. Spot Prizes were kindly provided by Purdie’s Soap Shop and inveraray jogscotland. The organisers would like to thank His Grace The Duke of Argyll for allowing the race to take part in the beautiful Estate grounds and Inveraray Jail for their sponsorship and prizes. Special thanks to the timekeepers, John Patrick for his photography and Marcus Van Stone for all his help.
Fiona Corner was running the race whilst having chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer as part of her three races to raise funds for The Mid Argyll chemotherapy Unit. Since the Crinan Puffer, her first race, she has raised £462 taking the total to £762. She would like to thank everyone who has sponsored and supported her especially members of the Mid Argyll Triathlon Club and inveraray/Mid Argyll/Ormsary jogscotland groups.