Neil McCover Half Marathon

After completing my first half marathon last Sunday, I found myself competing in my second a week later after the withdrawal of Mick due to an injured calf. I’m not sure which calf, but hopefully not Daisy. She’s my favourite. He’s had wee calf work due to it.

The Neil McCover Half Marathon is held in remembrance of the said gentleman who tragically died in a cycling accident. Before the start of the race the announcer gave a respectful tribute to Neil which was warmly received by the runners. As Neil was servicing police officer at the time of his death there was a large turnout of police officers to help with the running of the race and also competing in the race.

Maryhill was represented by Chris H, Lynsey and me. Conditions were excellent for running, dry, not too cold, not too warm and very little wind unless you were behind Chris. I set out to match my pace of last week, but found the undulating course quite tough at the beginning and slowed to my usual pace. The course itself was a mixture of urban and rural starting in Kirkintilloch and winding through country roads through nearby towns such as Torrance, Birdston and Milton of Campsie.

A tough half marathon, but would highly recommend it. If I was to have one little moan it would be the use of cups at water stations. It is quite difficult to drink from a cup while running and some people had to stop to have a drink. All in all a well organised race with a nice narrow spectator lined finishing line which provided an atmospheric finish.

I finished in 1:47:25 which was 103rd and 3rd in the M60-64 category. Chris came in at 1:53:22 136th. Lynsey finished 149th in 1:57:22.

The race was won by Peter Moffett of Falkirk Victoria in 1:13:30. Katie White of Garscube was top female in 1:22:08. Jimmy’s boy, Derek Shand of Bellahouston Harriers, won the Neil McCover trophy for best polis finishing in 1:37:17.

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