RUNNERS took to the scenic Argyll countryside for the 55km Dunoon Ultra Marathon and Relay last weekend, with many recording their personal bests - helped in part by the mild race conditions.

The original route had been altered slightly as a result of traffic management to ensure the safety and well-being of race participants.

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(Photo credit: Grant Gillon)

Photographer, Grant Gillon, captured the event and spoke to many of the runners: "Some very keen runners that have completed several Ultra Marathons classed this as one of their favourites events of the year."

The race started at 8am from Benmore Botanic Gardens before taking runners along the river Eachaig and crossing over the stunning, but very steep, Puck's Glen gorge under the cover of darkness.

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(Photo credit: Grant Gillon)

Other scenic highlights on the route included Loch Eck, Glenbranter Forest, Glenkin's rumbling bridge, Camel's Hump, the River Clyde and Bishop's Glen Reservoir.