The third Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park ‘Bog Stomp’ on Sunday 2nd September saw 68 willing victims taking part. 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 with £5 of each entry fee going to charity.
The first male across the line was Marc Bromwich of Johnstone and Bellahouston Road Runners, with a time of 49 minutes 53 seconds! First female over the line for the third year in a row was Sue Hewitson of the Greenock Glenpark Harriers in an impressive time of 58 minutes and 28 seconds. These times would be an impressive achievement for a FLAT 10k run let alone one with over 310m of climbing and strong winds!
The most travelled runners on the day came from Poland, Michal Sledz said “I am on holiday in Scotland visiting my brother and my nephew when I saw this event was on. It was a lovely route, with lots of friendly people. II really enjoyed being out in the Scottish hills”:
Andy Cameron, age 73, is an advocate of Erskine having been in the forces himself and is a regular at Greenock Park Run events, he said: “A massive big thank you and congratulations I really did enjoy it. Your organization was brilliant. Loads of marshals. Big thank you to all the team. I was last man yeet the team were all there at the finish .I am still on a high from doing it. All my friends love the picture you took of me coming in at finish!”
All of the runners who had taken part in previous years complemented the event organisers on this years route. Cheryl Thomas said: “It was great! Done all 3 but this was by far the best route. Thanks to all”
John Wright of Paisley said (via Twitter): “Took part in the @Clydemuirshiel #bogstomp 10k trail run this morning. The name, “Bog stomp” doesn’t do it justice. Massive hills, bogs, rain, wind but nice scenery. Enjoyed it. ? So much tougher than a road race. Nearly lost my shoes a few times!”
Not everyone had superfast times but it is the taking part that counts – some folk took 2 hours to complete the course, some took time to get selfies, others completed as a team, some were in fancy dress (again!).
Given all the smiles at the finish line as they received their medal from Jim Watret, Erskine Community Fundraiser – West, Bog Stomp 2019 is already in the planning. Please save the date for Sun 1st September 2019.