Tactics Pay Off for Daniel and Hazel

Daniel Bond, last year’s winner, returned to take another first when the 18th Kintyre Way Ultra took place on Saturday, this time from Tayinloan to Tarbert. While the first six men were all hopeful of a podium place, ladies winner, Hazel MacCormick had less competition – not that that held her back – she stormed into fourth place overall, less than a minute behind the ladies’ record time.

The variety of terrain is what catches out first time trail/ultra runners, constantly having to adjust technique and technical footwear, as all three legs present different challenges, from shifting shingle on the beach to muddy moors and traumatic tarmac…. two hands-on-knees climbs out of Clachan and Skipness and a final cruel-on-the quads, steep and winding descent to Tarbert Castle and the last tarmac run-in round the harbour to the finish line.

Soaring temperatures and high humidity added to the challenge and the runners were full of praise for the volunteers at the checkpoints and water stations. One runner was brought to the finish by Oban Mountain Rescue who were monitoring the race, and a few others needed a bit of time for recovery at the finish but everyone enjoyed the ‘best showers ever’ provided by Tarbert Harbour and the ever-changing views provided by seaside, mountains, lochs, moorland and forests.

As far as the race went, the first six finishers (including first lady Hazel MacCormick) weren’t far apart, with Allan Young Kenny Craig and Stuart Millar looked very determined to lead the field through the first checkpoint, barely stopping.

Eventual winner Daniel Bond did stop for water and fuel and let the field go away, wanting to keep something in reserve, a strategy which had worked last year over the Tayinloan to Campbeltown route and served him well today.

With Allan Young, Stu Millar, Kevin Craig and Hazel MacCormick in the mix on the climb from Clachan, it was Stu who took the lead on the descent to the minor road into Skipness. From there, the gruelling up-and-over to Tarbert in the middle of the day saw Daniel Bond reeling in the leaders as he pulled up to 2nd place at the water station, then proceeded to fly along the forest road, knowing that Kevin Craig was the better descender. He needn’t have worried as even Kevin, using this as a training event for the West Highland Way race, couldn’t get near, admitting at the finish that if he wanted to win, he was going to have to try learning from Daniel.

This year, surprisingly few ladies entered, only 16, and just 13 took part on the day – but that doesn’t detract from the quality of the field. Hazel ran a very steady race to finish fourth overall and Philippa Dew (whose birthday it was) and Venetia Lindsay finished impressively in 13th and 20th places respectively.

The relay race was as close as could be with all three winning teams crossing the line within a minute, despite the winning team’s third leg runner opting to add on a couple of miles when he took a wrong turn on the climb out of Skipness. The first two were young teams from Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities’ Officer Training Corps and naturally the competition was fierce. Team 2 had almost a half hour lead by the second checkpoint and held on to win by just a few seconds. Meanwhile several others were also in the chase until a navigational error from the Mountain Trolls enabled a cracking third leg from Kilkerran to put the sponsors’ team on the podium.

The tracking site, always dodgy in Kintyre as it depends on uploads using mobile phone coverage, proved highly entertaining and useful for spotting anyone going astray.

70 ultra runners started of whom 67 finished, pretty good going in such testing conditions. 11 relay teams started and finished.

We are absolutely indebted to the many volunteers who manned checkpoints and marshalled on the day as well as our rugged sweepers and those who maintain the route all year, To the local companies who sponsor the race itself: Kilkerran Single Malt, Kintyre Gin, Fyne Ales and Skipness Smokeouse, to Craig Scally and his teams from SSE who transported drop bags and brought lost property and signs back to the finish, to Tarbert Harbour for ‘the best showers ever’ at the finish, to our timing team KitST and to Oban Mountain Rescue, to Kenny Craig, photographer extraordinaire, to Funky Chicken for keeping the children occupied at the finish and of course to all the runners who came to this beautiful part of the world.

Next year, on Saturday 10th May we will be tackling the southern third from Machrihanish to Campbeltown for only the second time. Keep watch for updates on www.kintyrewayultra.org

Men, sponsored by Kintyre Gin

Danial Bond, Kevin Craig and Allan Young`
1 Daniel Bond Springburn Harriers
(01:19:14) 01:19:14 (01:50:53) 03:10:07 (01:42:06) 04:52:13
2 Kevin Craig Greenock Glenpark Harriers
(01:15:25) 01:15:25 (01:54:11) 03:09:36 (01:51:42) 05:01:18
3 Allan Young Dumbarton
(01:15:33) 01:15:33 (01:59:48) 03:15:21 (01:51:54) 05:07:15

Women, sponsored by Kilkerran Single Malt

1 (4th) Hazel MacCormick Edinburgh A C
(01:19:56) 01:19:56 (02:00:00) 03:19:56 (01:48:39) 05:08:35
2 (13th) Philippa Dew London
(01:38:01) 01:38:01 (02:23:17) 04:01:18 (02:02:37) 06:03:55
3 (20th) Venetia Lindsay East Sussex
(01:28:56) 01:28:56 (02:22:07) 03:51:03 (02:27:13) 06:18:16
Relay sponsored by Fyne Ales
1 (14th) ‘GSUOTC team 2
Woodsend (01:32:10) 01:32:10 Dalrymple (02:10:56) 03:43:06 Wright (02:05:53) 05:48:59
2 (15th) ‘GSUOTC’ Appleyard,
(01:39:32) 01:39:32 Hamilton, (02:32:30) 04:12:02 Gregg (01:37:13) 05:49:15
3 (16th) ‘Kilkerran’
McFadyen, (01:52:45) 01:52:45 Allen, (02:16:52) 04:09:37 Watson (01:40:08) 05:49:45

Vet 50+ Sponsored by Skipness Smokehouse
Male V50+ 1 (7th) Gary Blackwood Glasgow
(01:19:15) 01:19:15 (02:00:58) 03:20:13 (02:01:40) 05:21:53
Female V50+ 1 43rd Lynne Wardrop Girvan Harriers
(01:43:42) 01:43:42 (02:54:56) 04:38:38 (02:26:33) 07:05:11

New Route – New Record – ‘Brutal’

It has been the plan for a long time to continue the KIntyre Way Ultra round the corner to cover the southern third but covid has prevented this for the last two years. With parts of the route more exposed than usual, we saw a programme of volunteer work that involved 16 new posts and a lot of paint, then invited Oban Mountain Rescue to provide safety cover on the day.

We were somewhat twitchy on Friday due to marshal call-offs and non-delivery of race numbers but with replacements in place and magic with markers on leftover bibs from previous years, we were all set.

There is usually a bit of a buzz when a new race is announced but numbers were disappointing – due to a combination of reasons including the amount of tarmac involved, runners catching up with deferred entries and people still not back to their previous levels of activity. Even on the day, relay teams were combining at registration.

But what a race it turned out to be. The field spread out to the extent that the winner had arrived in Campbeltown before the sweeper had reached Southend. Unfortunately, the leaders at Dunaverty, Deason, Millar and Harris were sent on a shortcut by a quickly replaced marshal. This was spotted by Rob who was monitoring the GPS trackers – mainly for safety reasons – so the time we’re seeing for their split at Southend has had 5 minutes added on. On the second section, Millar fell back and Goddard moved up from 4th to 2nd, Deason and Goddard being the only two to beat four hours. It was Millar’s birthday and we can’t help wondering if he is kicking himself for spending longer at the Southend checkpoint. ‘If only I hadn’t had that third piece of birthday cake…’

Second leg times include time spent at the checkpoint at Southend, where a new KWU team of volunteers stepped up to provide refreshments, encouragement and, for those who had had the foresight to read the race profile, a change to road shoes. The involvement of SSE volunteers to bring the drop bags to Southend and back to the finish was greatly appreciated.

Meanwhile, in the ladies race, Southend saw only two minutes separating Helen Falconer and Alice Prodger with third lady and first 50+F Leonie Palmer twenty minutes back. The order didn’t change over the second half though the gaps lengthened.

There was never any doubt about the relay winners, Kintyre Way favourites Frigate Bound, consisting of Tom Carbro and Stuart Oates, mixing it with the best of the ultra runners. Their usual third member Colin MacFarlane entered the solo race but decided that 16 miles was quite enough. Second and third were almost an hour and two hours behind. Both second leg runners were allowed to start early from Southend when it became clear how long their first leg runners were taking and times have been adjusted.
Relay winners Tom Carbro and Stuart |Oates

We have been blown away by the positive feedback for this gruelling option which looks as though it will now join the other two in rotation. We look forward to welcoming you back on the 13th of May 2023 to take on the ‘middle third’.

Men’s record: Michael Deason 02:25 02:19 04:44
Women’s record: Helen Falconer 02:58 02:49 05:47

Solo results are here
Relay results are here.


We promised you the southern third and here it comes. Mark the 14th of May in your diary NOW. Mainly for safety reasons, the race will run from west to east, which means you will be climbing out of Machrihanish and finishing along the scenic coast road into Campbeltown.
There will therefore only be two sections in the Ultra itself, of seventeen and sixteen miles with support and relay changeover at Southend. The relay will be for teams of two, with each section much tougher than in previous years.
Friday Frolic
Carradale Canter

Kintyre Festival of Running

We are also excited to announce that the Ultra will form the heart of a new Kintyre Festival of Running – three races over the weekend of 13th – 15th May. We had considered a third leg through the airbase and down the beach but that will now take the form of an 8 mile fun run on Friday evening by way of a warm-up.
In conjunction with the organisers of the Carradale Canter, you can also enjoy a 5km or 10km Carradale Canter warm down on Sunday thus providing something for everyone in the family.
Make sure you have liked the Facebook page to see further updates as they come along.

2021 Here We Go

With all permissions in place now, we must emphasise that several special measures will be in place to protect athletes, volunteers and indeed the whole of the local community and any breach of these conditions may at worst make you and the race organiser liable to a fine and at best, bring the event into disrepute. We therefore respectfully ask you to read carefully all the directions and requests and in particular the final details which will not be published until a couple of days before the race to ensure they are up to date. Assume nothing!

Start times, Tracker Number and Bus Times will be issued earlier that week
to enable you to make travel plans.

In particular we have been asked to provide details of how we avoid gatherings and maintain social distancing at REGISTRATION, the START, CHECKPOINTS and at the FINISH


There will be a 2-stage process of registration. About half of you will be registering in the car/bus park in Tarbert where you will be asked the Covid Questions and can collect your bib with premarked medical details. There will be an opportunity to leave Finish Bags here. If you change your mind and want to go straight to Tayinloan, please tell us before Friday 7th May, otherwise you will still have to call in to Tarbert to collect your bib.

The rest of you will go through this process at Tayinloan over a period of one and a half hours which, if you don’t arrive too early, should prevent anything like a gathering. If you need to leave your car, please park at the Ferry terminal. Do not park in the village where buses have to pass through, nor on the single track road to the ferry terminal, even “just for five minutes”.
As you approach the playing fields and portable toilets at Tayinloan, you will see the three vehicles which will take your drop bags to Clachan, Skipness and the Finish.


There will be a timed start with fastest first to avoid overtaking. The first start will be at 9.05. Runners will be separated by 30 seconds though you may run in a bubble with someone if you let us know by the 17th April.
You will be called up to the Start, 3 minutes before your start time, at 30 second intervals, fastest person first, and move through the stations where you pick up your timing chip and tracker en route to the Start line.

Relay runners will have set start times this year because there are more of you. You will set off in between the two buses, i.e. between 9.30 and 10.06, not at the end as last year. We need you all to come to Tayinloan to check in and collect your trackers. To avoid passing on kit, each member will have their own tracker but there will only be one timing chip. This will be carried by the third leg runner, who will go through the start with the first leg runner to ‘start the clock’ then drop out. Please note: Relay runners have to carry all the same kit as solo runners.


There can be absolutely no spectators or supporters at the checkpoints. There will be a limit on the number of households who can meet (hopefully more than the 2 allowed at the moment) and this allocation will be needed for the volunteers and relay team members. Your family and fans will be
able to watch your tracker online at home. Please be careful to maintain social distancing and don’t ask marshals to do anything that involves


At the Finish, because you will be arriving over a period of 5 hours, you should be able to move through the one way system, collect your things, including a takeaway meal, and use toilets and showers, without feeling rushed. However, if it ever looks like getting ‘busy’ please move on before we have to ask.


There will be hand sanitiser at the Start, Finish and Checkpoints and instructions on how to use and sanitise the portable toilets.
The recommendation for social distancing for runners is 2m side by side and 5m in single file. For much of the race (the beach, the forestry roads, the open moor) this doesn’t present a problem for overtaking but there are sections on the verge and at the Finish where you can’t maintain this
distance and overtake. If you find yourself in a position to overtake someone, please try to do it where there is sufficient width. If you are in a narrow spot and need to stop (to tie your shoe lace for example) please step off the path to allow others to pass safely.
These will be The Covid Questions that we will be asking you prior to and at the event:
– Have you been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
– Have you been overseas to a country on the quarantine list in the last 14 days?
– Have you come from somewhere with restrictions on travel?
– Do you have COVID-19 symptoms (self-isolate for 7 days) or are feeling unwell?
– Have you been told to self-isolate as part of the contact track and trace measures in place?
– Do you agree to your details being provided to relevant track and trace teams, should this be necessary?
This will apply to volunteers as well!

As we don’t have access to village halls, you will be outside all the time. With precautions in place, we will be able to take your dropbags, including water, to checkpoints. Please note – We don’t have access to water supplies at the Start or at checkpoints so you will have to bring your own.

There will be portable toilets and hand sanitiser at the Start and at both checkpoints. Courtesy of Tarbert Harbour, you can use their toilets and showers at the Finish.

A takeaway meal will be provided from the marquee at the Finish by the owners of the Tarbert Hotel.

New Event – Kintyre Way Cyclosportive

Do you love cycling but 73 miles is just that bit too far? Well how does this sound…..

Kintyre Way Cyclosportive – 42 miles along the Kintyre Way from Tayinloan to Campbeltown.
Difficulty Rating: Think 42 miles on varied terrain up and over the hills of the Kintyre peninsula. Hardly ever on level ground and only 8 miles on tarmac. We like to think it’s tough but achievable with the right training!

As a sportive this is not a race, you are competing against yourself in terms of strength and stamina. As such there are no prizes however you will get a great goody bag, the benefit of electronic timing and to be part of the great sporting event that is the Kintyre Way Ultra.

Please note that ALL entrants for the cyclosportive MUST check in on Saturday 5th May 08:30 to 10:15 at Tayinloan Village Hall, PA29 6XG (OS grid ref 698 459) Please don’t come earlier as there will be 100 + runners around!

Start time: 10:30   Overall time allowed: 9 hours

You are expected to make your own way to the start but please note there is no parking available in Tayinloan village. Either park at the Gigha Ferry car park (½ mile away) or get your co-driver to head for Campbeltown.

Entry fee per person:

    Standard   £49 up to 6/4/18
    Late entry £54 up to 15/4/18

Remember early bird rates finish soon and all entries close on the 15th April so be quick. To enter click here https://www.entrycentral.com/KintyreWayUltra