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'BOG Stompers' Enjoy Trail Run Through The Inverclyde Countryside

THE second Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park Bog Stomp was held in the countryside near Greenock, attracting nearly double the number of participants compared with last year. 

The 10-kilometre route started at Greenock Cut Visitor Centre and went up steep Dunrod Hill followed by the bog and mud of the Inverclyde moorland with stunning views over the River Clyde to the Arrochar Alps and beyond. 

Almost 100 people took part in the trail run which was held in support of veterans helped by charity Erskine.

Kieran and Richard Cooper

The first male across the line, was again, Kieran Cooper, from Glasgow completing the course in 42 minutes and 30 seconds soon followed, again, by his father, Richard Cooper in exactly 45 minutes and 23 seconds. 

First female over the line was again local runner Sue Hewitson, above, in an impressive time of 54 minutes and 54 seconds.

The most-travelled runners on the day came from Hong Kong. To Szewing said: “We have been on holiday in Scotland and were absolutely delighted to find this event on. We were so pleased to be able to experience the wonderful hills of Scotland in this way. Everyone was so welcoming, it really was a memorable day."

Armed forces veteran Bill Duff, a member Falkland Runners in Fife, did the Bog Stomp as part of his challenge to do 100 runs in 365 days for ABF The Soldiers' Charity. He said: “This was a brilliant race. It's a challenging course but an awesome route. Many thanks to the race director and his fantastic team for a great race in the hills. I will definitely be back next year.”

Stephen Wilson from Bearsden said: “I had great fun. The 'hard at start, easier at end' course is psychologically perfect! Either by accident or by design this format means that everyone (including me!) finished with a smile on their face! I very much hope to run the race again next year.”

Not everyone was aiming for super fast times -- some took at least two hours to complete the course, some took time to get selfies, others, such as Clydebank High School, pictured, completed as a team, and some were in fancy dress. 

Clyde Muirshiel Park hope to run the event again next year.

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