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Trial run...Two of the race organisers Steve Adams, left, and John Shaw, suitably attired in some Scottish gear, have a test run over the course. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by Chris Tobin

Big numbers are expected to line up for the inaugural Mackenzie Half Marathon in Fairlie on Saturday.

Race organiser John Shaw said they had received close to 380 entrants and expected that number would be about 400 on the day.

“The planning has gone well. We’ve been under the pump but it’s all coming together.”

Three run-walk events would be held starting from the Village Green in Fairlie: a half marathon (21.1km) for those looking for a bigger challenge, as well as 5.5km and 10km events.

“All Lions club members will be marshalling the course,” Shaw said.

Those running/walking in the half marathon can be assured of spectacular views.

The half marathon starts at 10am for contestants expecting to do a time of more than three hours, and 10.30am for other competitors.

The 10km “River Dip” starts at 11am, followed by the 5.5km “Flat Jack” at 11.15am.