The Inveraray Bluebell trail run which broke from Inveraray Jail on Sunday was the largest field so far in the races four year history. Local runners from Mid Argyll were joined by competitors from Dunoon, Campbeltown, Glasgow and Helensborough amongst others. Also running were members of D Company 7Scots recreating a historic wartime training exercise.
The inaugural children’s race was supported by a small but select group of runners who all performed extremely well and tackled the rough trail course with enthusiasm and energy. Joseph Harper of Lochgilphead, a seasoned athlete stormed around the 3k course in 14.05 followed by Lochgair’s Rachael Johnston, the first girl to finish, second overall in 16.59. Ormsary’s Ruby Bosomworth was third in, second in the 10-13 female category in 18.00. Ben Davidson (20.17) also from Ormsary took the 1st in the 6-9 category closely followed by local runner Tilly Cunningham, 1st girl. Third in the 10-13yrs was Brooke Gallagher (22.54) followed by Kian Gallagher second 6-9yr (23.05). Lauren Rooney was second 6-9 girls(24.48). Whilst the children were listening to Argyll Brass playing and enjoying much needed tablet provided by Shannon at Argyll Adventure, and bananas and water donated by Kathy and David Owen at Londis for the adult competitors the hill run proper was underway with a vengeance.
As the middle runners were still making their way up the main section of the 236m high hill twin brothers Grant and Iain Cairns (Springburn Harriers) were chasing down towards the finish. Grant was overall winner (31.33) and Iain (32.39) second. Third over the line was Martin Cornish (33.04) the first of many prizewinners from Helensborough’s SOS Fitness Group. With the first three male seniors home the battle commenced amongst the Veterans. Iain MacNicol (37.43) from Lochgilphead got over the line first taking the jogscotland first finisher prize and First male veteran. Second male veteran Garret Corner (40.20) finished well after a fall at the top of the very slippery hill making him the first Inveraray male. Colin Burton (41.55) continued the SOS fitness prize roll coming in third MV. Mid Argyll Triathlon club’s Bill Halliday took the prize for the, new this year male super veteran category (40.13) with Newhaven trialthon club’s Richard Arnot (42.53) second.
The female race was heavily dominated by the ladies from SOS Fitness but locals did manage to keep them from the most coveted first over the line spot which was taken by Dinah Bosomworth (39.53), Ormsary in a fantastic time, second over was local Inveraray jogscotland runner Freya Corner (40.07) who had a very good run winning the female junior prize and first Inveraray Female. Then those Helensborough ladies started to fly over the finish line. Donna Humphries was first senior female (41.28) with Sandra Houldsworth (42.33), Kilbarchan. Karen Gallagher (46.31-SOS fitness) was accompanied over the line by several enthusiastic young supporters to a third FS placing. Claiming second female veteran prize behind Dinah was Gail Losh (44.37-SOS Fitness), and third was Allyson McCulloch (44.53-SOS Fitness). The Female super veteran category was well supported with Alexandra Hope (43.15-SOS fitness) first, Margaret Sinclair (47.21)from Campbeltown running club second and Charmain Campbell(48.58) Ormsary Jogscotland third.
Despite the increasing rain competitors cheered and clapped the members of D Company 7scots as Mr Andrew Montgomery, Factor for Argyll Estates presented Alasdair Bisset (34.08) with a Quaiche sponsored by Argyll Adventure commemorating his first place amongst the military runners.
Organiser Fiona Corner would like to thank firstly Inveraray Jail for sponsoring the race’s trophies and for support of the staff, Kathy and David Owen for their very generous donation, the Inveraray Marketing group for the sponsorship of prizes and medals, the local businesses who donated spot prizes and His Grace The Duke of Argyll for permission to hold the race in the stunning Argyll Estate grounds. As with all events the volunteers behind the scene are the force that drives the event and the marshals, first aiders (First Aid for Gambia), timekeepers, registration officials were magnificent in every way. The organisers are also grateful to Argyll Brass for attending and playing beautifully to the competitors and spectators