Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park hosted their first ever ‘Bog Stomp’ on Sunday 4th September! The run was a 10km route up the steep Dunrod Hill, through bog and mud, all with stunning views across the Inverclyde Hills over the River Clyde to the Arrochar Alps and beyond. The run started from the Park’s Greenock Cut Visitor Centre and was in support of Erskine veterans.
The fastest male across the line was Kieran Cooper, from Glasgow completing the tricky course in 44 minutes and 26 seconds soon followed by his father Richard Cooper in exactly 47 minutes. Richard was running for the Moira Fund and the Bog Stomp was his 77’s challenge of his 366 miles in a year.
Richard said “It was a fantastic hilly trail race for the excellent Erskine charity. The staff, marshals and volunteers were all brilliant throughout. And what an absolutely brilliant course it turned out to be. Hills, bogs, tracks, lochs, and fantastic views all the time. What a playground we have on our doorstep. Hopefully next year will see a lot more runners on the start line for what really is an excellent race, and lots of fun too!!”
Third over the line was John Whitener from Bellahouston Harriers with a time of 50 minutes and 41 seconds.
First female over the line was Sue Hewitson of the Greenock Glenpark Harriers in an impressive time of 58 minutes and 22 seconds. Sue said “that was a great route once I had got up the hill the views were stunning”
Most travelled runner on the day was Stewart Dallas from Perth Road, as he crossed the line in just 40 seconds over the 1 hour mark he said “really great route by the way!”
Catherine Noble from Bridge of Weir said “this was my first ever 10km, it was fantastic, scenery was absolutely stunning. If this one runs again I will always do it”
Not everyone had superfast times, some folk took 2 hours to complete the course, some ran in teams, others with their dogs on a lead. The inaugural Bog Stomp certainly attracted a wide range of runners and looks destined to be added to the running event calendar next year.