The Benbecula Half Marathon - Entry form for next race - 3 June 2017
*** Entry fee £14 - No increase since 2012! ***
£2 refund on the day when you give your Scottish Athletics number.
Please note, runners should be 17 years or older on race day.
The route takes you clockwise around Benbecula over a fairly open and undulating route. It leads through the flower rich machair grasslands, with the noisy oystercatcher, lapwing and redshank calling to their young to be alert as you pass by. After 3.5 miles, you turn to cut across the islands through the blacklands. Here it is not uncommon to see hen harriers and short-eared owls hunting during the day for food for their chicks. At Market Stance, close to the 6 mile mark, you join the main north south spine road, and you should be mindful of the traffic. The next turn, to the east, is just before 9 miles where again the birds provide most of the noise. After 10.5 miles you'll be finally heading in the direction of the finish line.
And maybe about to earn one of these:
..... or £100 if you set a new male or female course record!
Prizes are up for grabs to runners in several categories.
1st, 2nd and 3rd Male and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Female.
1st Male Vet 40 – 44, 1st Male Vet 45 – 49, 1st Male Vet 50+
1st Female Vet 35 – 39, 1st Female Vet 40 – 44, 1st Female Vet 45+
These popular prizes are for the 1st local Male and 1st local Female, who have not won an individual nor Vet prize.
The fastest three runners from a Male team and Female team. Teams must have at least three runners, but only the first three runners will receive a prize. These runners may have already have won an earlier prize.
Bring your swimming gear - your entry fee allows you a free swim afterwards.
Please tell reception staff that you have run the Half, and bring swimwear (not running shorts). Thank you.
View Benbecula Half Marathon route in a larger map
Runners can complete an Entry Form in advance, register the night before, or on the day.
Friday night registration is between 19:30 and 20:30 in Lionacleit Sports Centre Games Hall.
Saturday registration is from 09:30 to 10:30. The race starts at 11:00.
Walkers are very welcome to participate, and will start at 10am. Please note, walkers time may not be recorded.
Please wear your race number on the front of your vest.
There are changing and shower facilities available in the Sports Centre. Lockers are also available.
Start and Finish
The start is from Shell Bay campsite, just to the west of Sgoil Lionacleit, and the finish line is at the entrance to Sgoil Lionacleit. Registration, changing rooms, lockers, showers are all available here, and there is ample space for parking. At the end of the race, a buffet is provided for participants, in the school hostel dining room. Prize giving is also in this room.
Water Stations / First Aid
There are four water stations, one every 3 miles or so. In very hot weather, additional, unmanned water stations will be provided. First aid cover will be available, and a back up vehicle should it be required.
The course will be marshalled at all necessary points. Please comply with any requests by the Marshalls.
Runners should keep to the right hand side of the road unless otherwise directed.
Please note part of the course follows the main road. It is single track with no pavement, so please be aware of traffic at all times.
We ask that runners adhere to UKA rules: as this race includes single carriageways and is not whole closed to traffic, please note that the wearing of headphones, or similar devices, (other than those medically prescribed), is not permitted.
Information on places to stay and visiting the island are available on the 'Local Information' page. Accommodation can book up early, so get your place booked asap.
For those making your own travel arrangements, see the 'Useful links' page.
We have arranged for a minibus to meet the Lochmaddy Friday night ferry, taking passengers to Sgoil Lionacleit, and returning in time to catch the Saturday afternoon ferry back to Uig. Places will be limited.
There is a £5 charge each way, to cover costs. Please book using our Entry Form. We will confirm with you that you are booked on the transport.
Please book your seat no later than 28 May.
If you have any knowledge of previous Half Marathon's (especially the first few) please get in touch to share your memories, pictures etc.