Mull Of Kintyre Half Marathon

An Event Worth Singing About!

Head to this famous peninsula and enjoy a scenic half marathon or 10K this May...

If you can read this article without humming the Wings classic for the rest of the day then take a bow! Yes, the Mull of Kintyre Half Marathon & 10K event will return to the famous Scottish peninsula over the weekend of 27-28 May and organisers are hoping that your desire is always to be there!

Established in Campbeltown in 2006, the event has grown in popularity over the years due to its picturesque location and fantastic atmosphere, as well as its legendary post-race ceilidh, supported by the South Kintyre Sports Council. The event has also regularly been voted the UK’s top race in Runner’s World, further enhancing its reputation as a family-friendly bucket-list event.

Speaking about the event, organisers comment: "The race has grown in popularity due to its picturesque location,fantastic astmosphere as well as the post-race celebratons of Danish Pastries and Ceilidh dancing."

Both the 10K and Half Marathon start at the town’s war memorial, with the 10K keeping to the flat sides of scenic Campbeltown Loch. The Half Marathon route heads out into the countryside, and includes a kilometre or so of running on the hard sandy beach at Machrihanish/Westport. From there runners can take in views across to Islay, Jura and Gigha – the highlight of the event for many.

The final mile of both races is on a slight down gradient into town, through the centre, main street, where runners are greeted by crowds of locals cheering them to the finish line - encouraging the first to the very last. Speaking about the 10K course, a spokesperson said: "We take pride that we encourage people of all fitness levels and ages to try out this achievable goal with many power walking around the course and many doing it for charity."

A special feature of the event is the range of other activities which take place over the weekend, making it more than just a race. The Junior event takes place on the Saturday and has proven just as popular as the main event. And then there is the aforementioned post race ceilidh which is a real hit for runners and non runners alike.

If you'd like to know more, visit the Mull of Kintyre Half Marathon & 10K website.

Image: Mull of Kintyre Half Marathon & 10K Facebook

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