After 3-4 months of hard training, 23 Giffnock North athletes took to the streets of Stirling and its surrounding towns for the inaugral Stirling Marathon.

With a start line in the heart of Blair Drummond Safari Park, the elephants gave us a great send off as we set off through the park and beyond for 26.2 rolling miles around the towns of Doune, Bridge of Allan and Dunblane. There were breathtaking views of the Wallace Monument and the finish line was set beneath the ramparts of Stirling Castle. The local towns did not disappoint and the support throughout the race was humbling. The city centre streets were packed with supporters, which made 3 loops around the outskirts of the castle a little more bearable!

Not to mention the support from our coach, Bernie Campbell and fellow senior athletes. It was a privilege for all the runners to have their support en route.

First across the line for the ladies in an outstanding second place was Jill Smylie in a time of 2.57.06.

For the men, Andy Bonner , in a time of 2.49.46 and an overall finish position of 13th and a PB!

The ladies finishing times were as follows;

Jill Smylie 2.57.06
Yvonne McNairn 3.13.40
Nicole Scott 3.15.27
Sheila Lewis 3.18.07
Allie Chong 3.22.16
Nina Farmer 3.37.10
Jennifer Starling 3.52.33
Kirsty Porter 3.55.31
Kathleen McLachlan 3.59.31
Anne Williamson 4.26.36
Naomi Pavri 4.36.15
Marie Doohan 4.42.31
Caroline Gibson 5.02.23

The men’s finishing times were as follows;

Andy Bonner 2.49.46
Richard McKean 3.06.48
Kevin Cameron 3.12.56
Craig Smith 3.28.30
Ricky Saez 3.40.33
Martin O’Donnell 3.47.52
Colin Kirk 4.00.09
Christopher Smith 4.23.36
John Colquhoun 4.36.15

An outstanding set of results from the Senior athletes and a day to remember

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Report by Yvonne McNairn

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