New race has ‘routes’ going back decades!

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A NEW half marathon is on the horizon, but its route though East Dunbartonshire has an illustrious history.

The Neil McCover Memorial half marathon takes place next month.

The race may be new, but the route was previously used for the Luddon Half Marathon in the 1980s. At that time, when long-distance running was booming across Scotland and the UK, the race attracted many of the top runners in Scotland.

The races attracted as many as 2,500 runners and as the photograph of the 1989 race shows (pictured) even from the start outside of Tom Johnston House, the runners quickly got into their stride.

Fittingly this year’s race comes at the end of a year of celebrations to mark the 800th anniversary of Kirkintilloch becoming a Burgh of Barony. There will be a special trophy for the fastest local unattached male and female runner presented by Kirkintilloch 800.

Luddon Construction have once again offered their support for the race.

Entries for the race on Sunday, October 9, can be made online at or by post, using the entry form from Kirkintilloch Olympians. The closing date is October 2.