Everything must change so that everything can stay the same, like the feller said. (Or didn’t say? Discuss.)
New forestry plantations, utilities development and parking restrictions forced more than a few changes on this year’s Kilpatricks hill race; enough to warrant a new registration area, a new course and a new name. In addition, we had Scottish hill running legend Bobby Shields to start the race & dish out prizes and Graham Kelly on hand to capture some exciting drone footage of the proceedings.
But, despite all that, the evening had a familiar feel to it; about a hundred people appeared, ran up a hill, ran back down and most crossed the finish line with smiles on their faces. As ever, the Westies marshalling contingent acted like a well-oiled machine and I had very little to do as race organiser.
Sixteen Westies ran the course. Gregor Stewart secured a classy victory against some strong competition, gliding across the finish line with a considerable lead (thus securing his promotion to the rank of Kaptain Kilpatrick), and Gordon McCaffrey continued his domination of the V60 category. I thought that Katie Rademaker running the race three days after a PB at the Edinburgh Marathon was a particularly impressive effort! Kirsty Dickson of Glasgow University Hare & Hounds was the first lady by quite a margin.
Special mention and thanks must go to Donald Petrie of West Dunbartonshire Council/Kilbarchan AAC; he couldn’t make the race but without his advice & support I doubt it would have gone ahead.
Well done to everyone who turned up to help or run or both last night. Long live the Kilpatricks Kaper!