03/06/17 - Killearn 10k Trail Race


Irvine’s Paul Lafferty continued his rich vein of form when finishing in a fine fifth position at the Killearn 10k trail race on Saturday. This scenic Stirlingshire route is multi-terrain with a mixture of tarmac, forest path, farm track and open grassland and the race started from the village’s War Memorial before heading out onto the historic pipe track, following along the foothills of Dumgoyne, returning back to finish in the park. Conditions on the day were warm and a time of 38 minutes 56 seconds was a good return for Paul’s efforts.


07/05/17 - Largs 10k Fun Run


There was a maiden race victory for Irvine athlete Ryan Evans at the Largs 10k Fun Run on Sunday as he ran a fine personal best of 35 minutes and 43 seconds to take first place. Colin Whitby continued his comeback from a broken metatarsal in his foot with a solid run of 38 minutes to take fourth place. The race was organised by the Rotary Club of Largs with more than £600 raised for local charities.


03/05/17 - Troon 10k


It was a busy week for Irvine Running Club with a number of athletes involved in two major local 10k races. First up was the Troon 10k on Wednesday which attracted a massive entry of almost 1200 runners making it one of the biggest midweek races in the Scottish running calendar. Conditions for the race were almost perfect with the late evening sunshine and light breeze along with the relatively flat course making it a good opportunity for fast times. Indeed it proved to be the case as Stephen Daye, who had been targeting this race all year, followed up his win at the recent Ormidale 10k with another great run and new personal best of 33 minutes 43 seconds to take sixth place behind the winner Robert Gilroy of Cambuslang Harriers (31:47). Next across the line for the Marress club was Paul Lafferty in a good time of 35:33 to take 15th place with club captain Mark Livingstone following with a solid run of 37:55. John Miller was another to record a personal best with a fine time of 40:30 closely followed by Fergie Collier (40:31) with Jim Sneddon (41:18) just behind. Mike Flinn (46:21), Ross Laye (48:57), Karen Figgins (52:27), Susan Rhodes (55:34) and Bob Nicol (1:06:03) all had good runs to complete the Irvine line up.


23/04/17 - Ormidale 10k


There was both collective and individual success for Irvine Running Club at the recent Ormidale 10k on Arran. The course is an out and back one which starts at the Ormidale pavilion in Brodick heading north to Corrie before turning to finish at the Ormidale. A number of Irvine runners were on the start line and from the off Steve Daye and Billy Richardson set off at the head of the field. Richardson has only recently returned from injury whilst Daye is in the midst of a fine run of form having set a number of personal bests since the turn of the year. For the first few miles of the race it was nip and tuck between the two athletes but eventually Daye managed to break free and was able to open up a gap on his club mate, which he was able to maintain to the end of the race finishing in a new personal best time of 34 minutes and 5 seconds. This was a doubly impressive time as the second half of the race was into a strong headwind. Richardson had to settle for second place in a time of 34:43 which was a good return considering his recent injury problems. There were solid runs from John Miller (41:48), Mike Flinn (45:57) and Ross Laye (49:10), with Daye, Richardson and Miller combining to give Irvine the male team prize for the race.


19/04/17 - Kaim Hill Race


The Kaim Hill Race in Fairlie is a short but testing event with 380m of climbing over the 5.5 km distance. The race is run on mixed terrain with an opening section on road quickly followed by a steep ascent on a mixture of rough trail and heather to the top of the hill followed by a descent back down the same route. Weather conditions were cool with a slight drizzle and some mist at the top of the hill. First home for Irvine was Tommy Begley who finished in 22nd place in an excellent time of 35 minutes 42 seconds which was only 20 seconds outside his best for the race. Next to finish was Colin Whitby in a time of 42:08 which was good effort as this was both his first race back from injury and also his first hill race. Veteran runner Bob Nicol was the final Irvine finisher with a time of 1 hour 6 minutes and 14 seconds a fine performance.


02/04/17 - Tom Scott 10 Mile Road Race


It was a busy week for Irvine Running Club’s Paul Lafferty as he continued his preparations for this month’s London Marathon. He followed up a fast time of 16 minutes 58 seconds at the weekly Glasgow Quay 5k race on Wednesday with a superb showing at the Tom Scott 10 mile road race on Sunday. The Tom Scott race takes place at Strathclyde Country Park and involves a challenging but fast course around the loch and this year was also the Scottish 10 mile road race championship. The race took place in ideal conditions with the dry weather and light breeze perfect for fast times and so it proved for Paul who clocked an impressive time of 58 minutes and 23 seconds for the 10 miles, breaking the one hour benchmark for the first time at this distance. The race itself was won by Wayney Ghebresilassie from Shettleston Harriers in a time of 49 minutes and 40 seconds.


26/03/17 - Scottish National Six Stage Road Relay


The Scottish National Six Stage Road Relay Championships took place in Livingston on Sunday. The race consists of six legs which alternate between 3.1 miles and 5.8 miles in distance along paths and roads around the town and attracts a large and high quality entry from across the country this year including Scottish Olympic marathon runner Derek Hawkins from Kilbarchan AC.

Jim Sneddon was off first for Irvine Running Club and completed the first 3.1 mile leg in a solid time of 20 minutes 27 seconds to place 62nd against strong competition and handing over to Paul Lafferty for the first of the 5.8 mile legs who came through the field strongly to improve to 45th position with an excellent time of 33:38. Tommy Begley was next up for the Maress club, running well and gaining a couple of places with a time of 19:55 before Ryan Evans, on his debut in the event, running a creditable 35:10 to improve to 39th place. John Miller took over on the last of the short legs and maintained his place with a fine effort of 20:49 before handing over to Alex Allardyce who improved Irvine’s position further with his time of 34:06 a good return and leaving Irvine 33rd in the final standings in the race which was won by Central AC from Stirling.


19/03/17 - Criffel Hill Race


The annual Criffel hill race took place at New Abbey, Dumfriesshire. This year's race was a Scottish hill runners championship counter and attracted a strong field. With well over 200 entries this was expected to be a busy race for the 10.5km, 550m of assent/descent to Criffel summit and back. With the pre-race rain clearing to glorious sunshine, the underfoot conditions ranged from road, track and path to deep boggy, peaty gloop. With traction to a minimum this made for some involuntary slip-slide and swim tactics. Three Irvine Running Club members took part in the race with all having good runs with Alex Allardyce 69min 32 sec (62nd), Tommy Begley 70 min 38sec (72nd) & Ian McManus 152min 09sec (199th).


11/03/17 - Jack Crawford Springburn Cup 10k


The Jack Crawford Springburn Cup is traditionally one of the first 10k races of the year and is run mainly of towpaths and footpaths along the Forth and Clyde Canal at Bishopbriggs providing a flat course which is suitable for fast times. The race proved to be another successful one for the prolific Paul Lafferty from Irvine Running Club who recorded a new personal best of 35:36, finishing in eleventh place overall in the race, which was won by Michael Deason of Shettleston Harriers.



04/03/17 - Stranraer Half Marathon


Ultra-runner John Miller stepped down in distance to take part in the Stranraer half marathon on Saturday. It proved to be a successful outing as he recorded a new personal best of 1:33:27 for the 13.1 mile distance which was an excellent effort on this hilly course.

John is used to running much longer distances and in 2016 he completed the triple crown of the three races on the West Highland Way; the Highland Fling which is 53 miles on the southern end from Milngavie to Tyndrum, the Devil o the Highlands the 42 miles from Fort William to Tyndrum as well as the full West Highland Way race from Milngavie to Fort William. Additionally, last year he also ran more than 100 miles in 24 hours when competing in the Glenmore 24 hour race.


05/03/17 - Hillbilly 10k


The Hillbilly 10k on Sunday proved to be a successful outing for two Irvine runners. The race is a relatively new one in the running calendar and takes place on trails starting in Dalmellington and as the name suggests, is not one for the faint hearted as this is a challenging course on a route which includes two long and punishing climbs. The stunning scenery particularly on a warm spring morning made the course more bearable and there was a fine run from Paul Lafferty who finished in second place in a field of nearly 140 runners in a time of 40:19. Not far behind in eleventh place was Alan Douglas who completed the course in a time of 44:23.


26/02/17 -National Cross Country Championships


The National Cross Country Championships took place at Callendar Park in Falkirk on Saturday. The deluge from Storm Doris had left the course water-logged and the overnight high winds had put the event in doubt however, the organiser’s decision to go ahead proved to be a sound one as the wind and rain had died down before the main senior races were due to start in mid-afternoon. First up for Irvine was Liz Colquhoun making her debut in the Senior Women’s race, which had its largest ever field with more than 270 runners taking to the start line for three loops of the park and covering an increased distance of 10k for the first time to be in line with the men’s race. The race proved to be a disappointing one though for Liz as a fall resulted in an injury which forced her to retire midway through the second lap. The race was won by Central AC’s Morag McLarty in a superb time of 38:32 to defeat defending champion and Olympic 10,000m runner Beth Potter of Victoria Park, Glasgow by more than one minute.

The Senior Men’s race had its largest field in more than 20 years with 650 souls braving the muddy conditions in a high quality race with runners participating from all over the length and breadth of Scotland. Irvine had a depleted entry of only two runners in this year’s race with Paul Lafferty and Mark Livingstone using it as part of their training for the London and Stirling marathons respectively. The start of the race was akin to the start of the Grand National with runners jostling for room as the field made a sharp left turn up the first hill and the first decent showed the shape of things to come as the runners entered the first of the numerous quagmires on the course caused by the rain and the preceding number of races. Both Irvine runners started steadily and began to move through the large field despite the treacherous conditions. Paul, after his excellent run at last week’s Strathaven half marathon had high hopes of a good run at this, his first time at the National, but found the heavy going unsuited to his running style but persevered to finish in a time of 45:21 to place 272nd. Mark had a solid run and finished not far behind Paul in a time of 45:45 to place 291st. Both were creditable runs in a race which was won in a time of 33:34 by Scottish Olympic star Callum Hawkins, fresh from his recent Scottish record when winning the Karagawa Marugame half marathon in Japan in a phenomenal time of 60 minutes dead.


19/11/2016 - Ayrshire X-Country Championships


The Ayrshire Cross Country Championship took place on Saturday at the Beach Park in Irvine. This sadly may be the last time that the event is held at this popular location due to the imminent closure of the Magnum meaning that there is a lack of a nearby changing facility. This year’s event was well hosted by North Ayrshire Athletics Club and they set a challenging course with the 3km loop including a number of steep hills in its second half. The cold wind meant it was test not for the feint hearted but it proved to be a successful outing for Irvine Running Club. In the senior women’s race, which consisted of two loops of the course, Jennie Jackson scooped the vet 50 prize with her fine time of 31:00 giving her 10th place overall and putting her well clear of her age group rivals.

In the senior men’s 9km race Billy Richardson once again demonstrated his class over cross country with a strong run from the starting gun and in a close run race his time of 33:28 was only 36 seconds behind the winner Richard Mair of Kilmarnock Harriers and good enough for third place overall and first vet 40. There was also success in the age group categories for Jim White (50:02) who was first vet 60.

In the team event, the strong Irvine turnout was rewarded with silver medals for the first six counting runners with Paul Lafferty (8th in 36:36), Colin Whitby (10th in 36:45), Mark Livingstone (13th in 37:29), Ryan Evans (14th in 37:44) and Alan Douglas (15th in 37:44) the athletes joining Billy Richardson on the podium. There were a number of good runs from the other Irvine participants with Steven McDougal (40:26), John Miller (41:47), Jim Sneddon (41:59), Graeme MacFarlane (42:58) tightly packed and all running strongly on this testing course.

If it is indeed the last Ayrshire Championships at this venue then the athletes from Irvine certainly did themselves proud on this home soil.


13/11/2016 - 'Fun in the Mud' Cross country


The Fun in the Mud cross country race at Kilmarnock on Sunday lived up to its billing, with the weekend rain meaning the course had cut up underfoot making some sections very difficult going. The men’s race consisted of three loops which included an initial flat section followed by a tough undulating stretch through fields and also mixed terrain of gravel and sand with a total distance covered of just over 10k. Irvine were well represented with five athletes taking to the start line. Paul Lafferty led the Irvine contingent from the gun starting off at a fast pace and was well placed in the field throughout the race finishing in a creditable 16th place in a time of 41:10. Mark Livingstone in 19th 42:04 and Alan Douglas, 20th in 42:20 were not far behind with these three runners taking fourth place in the team standings. John Miller in 31st 45:53 and Graeme MacFarlane 32nd 46:40 both had solid runs to complete the Irvine line-up. The race provided a good test prior to next Saturday’s Ayrshire Cross Country Championship which is being held this year at the Beach Park.


06/11/2016 - Strathaven 10k


The Strathaven “Run with the Wind” lived up to it’s billing as one of the fastest 10k races in Scotland and the course, which starts at the Whitelee wind farm has a slight downhill profile which makes it conducive to fast times. The course certainly suited the four entrants from Irvine with Billy Richardson, only recently returning to racing after injury, producing a superb performance to win the race in a time of 33 minutes 54 seconds. The result was a vindication for the hard training that he has been putting in and the 40 second margin of victory proving to be a comfortable gap over the second runner.

The race was also fruitful for the other three Irvine runners with all recording new personal bests. The fast starting Paul Lafferty was neck and neck with Billy for the opening two miles and finished an excellent fifth place in a time of 35:44. Alan Douglas was not far behind taking a large slice off his previous best time finishing in eighth place in 36:27. Ultra runner John Miller demonstrated that he has speed to go along with his endurance knocking almost a minute off his previous 10k best with a time of 40:51.


06/11/2016 - Southside Six


The Southside Six is named after the six parks in the south side of Glasgow that this sixteen mile race passes through: Queen’s, King’s, Linn, Rouken Glen, Pollok and Bellahouston. The autumn sunshine and crisp, cool morning provided good conditions for this tough endurance race and so it proved for Irvine runner Colin Whitby, who finished the course in a time of 1 hour 41 minutes, knocking 8 minutes off his previous best for the event. This was another excellent performance in a remarkable year in which he has also set new personal bests over 3k, 5k, 10k, 10 miles and half marathon distances.


30/10/16 - Chick Forbes Trophy


The annual Chick Forbes Trophy took place on the 30th of October on a dry and sunny day, perfect for running. The event had 41 runners from Irvine Running club, Rons Runners and 2 guests. The race is run as a handicap with runners setting off at different times and despite having 2 minutes deducted from last years handicap, Matthew Dunn finished first in a great scratch time of 15.45 to retain the Trophy he won last year. 26 out of the 41 runners beat their predicted time in which turned out to be a competitive race. The best scratch time of the day went to Billy Richardson who ran the 2 miles in an excellent 10.22.


15/10/16 - Ayrshire Cross Country Relays - results


This years Ayrshire Cross Country Relay Championships took place at Kilmarnock on a course that is traditionally wet & muddy but this year was unusually extremely dry. Conditions on the day were very good for running with it being overcast and no wind at all. It was good to see that the club was represented by both genders at this years event. In the mens race Irvine A finished an impressive 3rd to claim the bronze medal. The team held third spot from the start, the team being Jamie Findlay 14.02, Billy Richardson 13.31, Paul Lafferty 14.45 and Alex Allardyce 14.16. Irvine B finished 7th and consisted of Mark Livingstone 15.07, Alan Douglas 15.04, Graeme McFarlane 16.25 and Jim Sneddon 16.42. Irvine C only had 2 runners who were Andy Rennie 17.38 and Jim White 19.47. In the womens race Irvine A placed 9th with Liz Colquhoun leading the team off in 22.04, followed by Karen Figgins 21.40 and the last leg was run by Susan Rhodes 25.11.


8/10/16 - Dunoon Ultra Marathon


The inaugural Dunoon Ultra Marathon took place on the 8th of October 2016 and is race over 50ks either as a solo event or as a relay. The race takes place mostly on forestry paths around Loch Eck giving stunning views over the west coast of Scotland. Irvine had 4 female runners in the races first year with Sharlene McGilvray running her first ultra, completing the 50k race in a fantastic 7hrs 30mins. In the relay race, Irvine had a 3 female team of Jenny Jackson, Karen Figgins and Liz Colquhoun who got round the course in a great time of 5hrs 38mins.


8/10/16 - George Cummings Road Relay - results


The Irvine Running Club Men's team finished an impressive 14th at the George Cummings Road Relays on a rainy day in Houston. The race, hosted by Kilbarchan AAC is the first relay of the autumn season, the Cummings is known for being a tough route with a fast start and finish but some testing hills in between. At just under 2.7 miles, the race serves as a benchmark ahead of the three cross country relays that span October. Running for Irvine was Billy Richardson in 14.31, Colin Whitby 15.00, Alan Douglas 15.09 and Paul Lafferty 15.46.














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