Scottish Sea Farms Crinan Puffer

22 Mar 2020

Scottish Sea Farms Crinan Puffer has now closed and you will not be able to sign-up for it. Please check the Organiser's Description for any organiser updates.
This event is in a testing state, and is not open for public sign-ups until the organiser has launched it.

Organiser's Description

Please read the following information carefully as there are significant changes to race day information from previous years.


The Scottish Sea Farms Crinan Puffer is an 8 mile point to point race on the banks of the historic Crinan Canal.

The race is held under UK Athletics Rules and is a Scottish Athletics Licensed Event (license pending)

The race is organised by Mid Argyll Community Enterprises Limited (the not-for-profit community organisation which operates Mid Argyll Community Pool).

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our title sponsors, Scottish Sea Farms, for their continued support.


Registration: 08:30 – 09:45 (The Egg Shed, next to Pier Square at Ardrishaig Harbour)

Buses Leave: 10:15 (promptly from Pier Square)

Race Briefing: 10:55 (At the start line)

Race Start: 11:00 (Crinan Canal Basin)

Prize Giving: 13:00 approx. (The Old Post Office next to The Steamer Terminal Cafe, Pier Square)



Junior: 16 - 17

Seniors: 18 - 39

Veterans: 40 - 49

Super Veterans: 50 - 59

Vintage: 60+



The race will start at Crinan Basin and finish in Ardrishaig at Lock 4 behind the Grey Gull Hotel.  The course is generally flat and is run almost entirely off road by utilising the canal towpath.  The course will be well marked and there will be marshals at various key points.  There will be two water stations offering water on the course.  The tow path will be open to the public during the race and we ask all competitors to be respectful of other users whilst running.



Parking is available in the two public car parks situated on the shore side of the A83 in Ardrishaig providing a total of approximately 100 spaces.  There will also be limited parking available at Ardrishaig Harbour next to the Egg Shed.  If parking on street, please do so in a responsible and considerate manner.  Please do not park on the A83.  There will be no parking in Pier Square for any competitors, this is strictly reserved for race officials, Scottish Canals staff and to allow us to park the buses for your transfer to the start.

The race registration is at The Egg Shed next to Pier Square.  Please arrive in good time to allow for parking and registration.



**This is a point to point race, there will be a free shuttle bus taking competitors from Ardrishaig to the start at Crinan, please indicate at the relevant section of the entry form whether you will require a place on the shuttle bus**

The shuttle bus will leave Pier Square, Ardrishaig at 10:15am promptly.  Please do not miss it, as we will have no other means of transporting competitors to the start line.  Competitors on the bus will be dropped off approximately half a mile from the start.  Competitors should be aware that they will be dropped off on the single track road into Crinan and that there will be other vehicles using this road.  There is no bag facility on the bus.  Please board the bus ready to race.

There is a car park at the start area in Crinan with around 40 spaces, therefore there is very limited for space for competitors to leave their cars at the start. Scottish Canals control the car park at the Crinan Basin where parking charges have now been introduced. Please be aware that parking tarriffs may be in operation on the race day. Please do think about lift sharing if you or family/friends are parking at the start to help ease the pressure for spaces.  The lanes around Crinan are narrow and have little room for roadside parking.


We are delighted to have chip timing provided this year by, please ensure that you hand your chip back at the finish line.


The race briefing will be held on the start line at 10:55am. The race will begin at 11am prompt.  The start area in Crinan is narrow so we ask that slower runners stay near the back to ease congestion.  Runners will head along the canal keeping it to their right at all times. 

In accordance with SA Rules runners must not wear headphones during the race to enable them to hear traffic, other runners and directions from marshals especially where the course crosses roads that will be open to traffic.  We will allow the use of bone conductor headphones.  We hope that you understand the no headphones rule.  Non-compliance of this rule will result in disqualification.



The finish line will be at Lock 4 where the towpath ends in Ardrishaig.  Please be careful making your way from the finish line back to Pier Square.  Complimentary soup will be available to all competitors who show their race number at The Old Post Office next to The Steamer Terminal. Teas, coffees, soft drinks, cakes and snacks can be purchased from The Seamer Terminal before and after the race.



Prize giving is planned for 1pm (or sooner if results are in).  We will look to email the results and publish them on our website as soon as possible.



Unfortunately we are unable to give refunds for those competitors who withdraw prior to the race or who do not turn up on race day.  Race places are non transferable.  We will not be running a Waiting List at this years event. Please contact race admin if you can no longer attend to inform allocation of buses.


09 Mar 2020£22.00£24.00

*Discounted for members of any of SA EA WA

To sign-up for this event, the Service Fee is2% (min 25p) for each sign-up. The organiser also pays 2% (min 25p)

Dates and Status

Date: 22/03/2020

Status: Closed

Total Places: 120

Places Available: ??



Kirsty Young

01546 606676


Mid Argyll Community Pool Oban Road Lochgilphead PA31 8NG