Puffer runners feel the heat

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WHILE the nation watched the marathon unfold in London, Argyll athletes put on a fine show in Ardrishaig for the annual Crinan Puffer.

As the sun beat down on the Crinan Canal, 111 runners completed the eight-mile Scottish Sea Farms-sponsored course last Sunday.
In the senior men’s race David Savage’s 45:22 placed him 32 seconds ahead of Campbeltown Running Club’s (CRC) Stuart McGeachy 45:54 with Drew Dutton CRC third on 49:11.

The senior ladies’ race was won by Jennifer Martin, CRC 53:23. Unaffiliated Kirsty Duff’s 58:34 split the team mates, with CRC’s Emma Morran taking third in 59:17.

Other top three placed runners in each category were as follows:
Veteran men: all CRC: 1 Darren Renton 54:41, 2 Alisdair O’May 55:59 and 3 Stephen Blackstock 56.38.

Super veteran men: 1 Stephen Whiston, Mid Argyll Tri and Cycle Club 52:00, 2 Alan Cockburn, PH Racing Club 54:51 and 3 Ralph Hill, CRC, 57:01.
Vintage men: 1 Brian Hughes, Glasgow South Road Runners 51:22, 2 Andrew Law, Victoria Park City of Glasgow AC 52:24 and 3 Brian Howie, Edinburgh Athletic Club 01:03:50.

Veteran ladies: all CRC: 1 Jennifer Reid 54:48, 2 Katie Ferguson 59:59 and 3 Lorraine MacDonald 1:06:48.

Super veteran ladies: all CRC: 1 Jocelyn Richard 1:03:24, 2 Susan Turner 1:06:09 and  3 Janette Hannah 1:10:36.
Vintage Ladies: 1 Margaret Sinclair, CRC 1:09:53, 2 Elaine McCann 1:09:56 and 3 Leonie Sweeney 1:18:58.