Neil McCover Half Marathon

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If speed's your aim, check out this October half marathon option...

If it's a fast half marathon you're looking for this autumn then a wee trip to 'Kirky' could be the answer for the 12th staging of the Neil McCover Memorial Half Marathon which this year will take place on 8 October.

This popular, scenic and friendly half marathon is organised by Kirkintilloch Olympians with the support of Police Scotland and East Dunbartonshire Council as a memorial for Neil McCover, a competing athlete, club chair and junior coach at the club who was tragically killed in a cycling accident in 2010.

A spokesperson from the Olympians said: "Neil was a keen long distance runner, competing in marathons, duathlons and triathlons; including the European Ironman Austria amongst his greatest achievements. He was a Superintendent in Strathclyde Police, involved latterly in police training and had been a leading member of the police athletics team. A considerable loss to everyone who had the privilege of knowing him, through this event we hope to pay tribute to Neil's significant contribution to the club and athletics."

The Half Marathon takes runners through some of the scenic countryside and towns of East Dunbartonshire. The course is held on public roads and pavements and is undulating, but has recorded some very fast times and allowed many runners to set personal best times.

In 2022, Shettleston Harriers athlete Christopher McGarrity smashed the course record and helped raise close to £1,000 for Police Care UK in the process. The 33-year-old won in 1:09:32 with Fife Athletic Club’s Laura Gibson claiming the women’s race win in 1:23:31. In finishing ninth overall, Gibson became the first female athlete to claim the coveted McCover Trophy, awarded to the first serving or former police officer to finish.

If you'd like to know more, visit the Kirkintilloch Olympians website.

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