MORE than 150 runners from across Ayrshire and beyond descended on Irvine last week for the return of the annual Marymass 10k.

With conditions near perfect for the run, some fast times were on the cards and the cream of the crop did not disappoint.

Ayr Seaforth’s Kenneth Neill was the first athlete home in a speedy 33.04 to secure a comfortable victory over Greg Templeton, from Bellahouston Harriers, in 33.31 and Kilmarnock’s Paul Lafferty coming in third in an impressive 35.57.


Marymass 10k

Marymass 10k


It was Kilmarnock again on the podium for the first female home, Kara McKenzie-Tait was eight overall in a superb 36.44 securing the win with Giffnock North’s Yvonne McNairn taking the second female place and 11th overall in 37.34 and Kirstin Maxwell from Gala Harriers finishing off with 38.32 to take the third spot and 16th overall.

In total, 159 runners completed the race, which was one of the first races to be feature after the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdowns.

Photos by Charlie Gilmour.

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