Pull on your trainers for Kirkintilloch’s very own half marathon

FORGET about the London Olympics, Kirkintilloch Olympians are challenging you to take part in the half marathon being held on Sunday, October 7, in Kirkintilloch.

The second Neil McCover Memorial Half Marathon will this year attract a field of runners from across the UK – and it is hoped that many local people will also participate and support the event.

Neil was chair of Kirkintilloch Olympians AC and a police superintendent. He was tragically killed in a cycling accident three years ago.

The race, run with the support of East Dunbartonshire Council and Strathclyde Police, marks the contribution this popular athlete made to the sport.

As a coach, Neil (pictured) trained many of the junior runners of the club and he was a regular member of the club team, competing in half marathons, marathons and ‘iron man’ events.

The inaugural half marathon last year attracted more than 400 runners and was declared a great success by everyone who participated.

This year the race is also part of two major championships.

The British Masters Athletics Federation is holding their annual national half marathon championships as part of the race.

This is first time they have come to this part of Scotland and top runners from across the UK will be competing for medals in each of the age categories.

In addition, the race is also the Scottish Veterans half marathon race, with male and female runners from across Scotland taking part.

Race organiser Robert Rogerson, from Kirkintilloch Olympians, is inviting local people to come along and support the race.

“Last year more than 100 people locally ran the event and it would be great to see even more taking part this time,” he said.

“And if you cannot run, please come out and give your support to the runners.”

The race starts at Woodhead Park and goes through Merkland and Hillhead before taking in Milton of Campsie, Lennoxtown, Torrance and Lenzie, with a finish at Civic Way.

The race starts at 9am and entries can be made on-line at http://regonline.activeeurope.com/neilmccovermemorialhalfmarathon.

Information about the event can also be found at the Kirkintilloch Olympians website.

Thanks to support from local company Luddon Construction and Sweatshop there will be special t-shirts and goody bags available to all finishers of the race.

This year younger runners are also being encouraged to participate in the 3k run which will be held from Woodhead Park during the half marathon. Details and entry forms on the Olympians website. Turn to page 29.

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