NEARLY 400 runners took to the streets around Kirkintilloch and the Campsies for a sporting celebration of the life of a former athletics club chairman.
The Neil McCover Memorial half marathon on Sunday took place in mixed weather, but that did not prevent the massive sporting event being a suitable celebration of athletic ability.
Fast times, with runners surpassing their own targets and enjoying this inaugural race, were the order of the day.
Nearly 400 runners took part in the event organised by Kirkintilloch Olympians as a tribute to their former club chairman and local Kirkintilloch resident who was killed in a road accident a year before.
Amongst those taking part were many of Neil’s colleagues and friends – including more than forty serving police officers – remembering Neil’s contribution to the community through his service in Strathclyde Police Force, where he was a superintendent.
With support from the police, the local council and leisure trust, the runners completed the 13.1 mile course through Kirkintilloch, Milton of Campsie, Lennoxtown, Torrance and Lenzie.
First home was Twelde Mengisteab (Shettleston) who set a very creditable time of 1hr 9mins, winning the overall race prize ahead of Conor McNulty (Kilbarchan) and Robert Gilroy (Cambuslang).
In the female categories, Katie White (Garscube) recorded the fastest time of 1hr 24mins, ahead of Rebecca Johnson (Bellahouston Roadrunners) and local Kirkintilloch Olympian Alex Lamond.
The prizes were presented by Margaret McCover, including special trophies donated by Kirkintilloch 800 and the Kirkintilloch Herald Series awarded to the fastest local unattached runners and the fastest runners completing their first half marathon.
Stuart Coop and Lindsay Rowland won the Kirkintilloch 800 trophies, with both Kirkintilloch Herald trophies won by Olympians - Adam Peters and Alex Lamond.
There was a special cheer at the end for the winner of the McCover Trophy.
Presented by Margaret McCover and introduced by Chief Superintendent Alan Gall (himself competing), this trophy was for the first police officer to cross the finish line and was won by .Cameron Wilson in a time of 1hr 18mins.
Full results will be published in next week’s Herald.