The Benbecula Half Marathon - race - 6th June '20- Registration Open Now!

This will be a Scottish Athletics Licensed Event and operated Under UK Athletics rules.

Entry fee for 2020 remains at £17 with a £2 deduction for Scottish Athletics members.

If you need to cancel your place in the race, refunds will be offered up to 20 April 2020, and incur a £5 administration fee.

Please note, runners should be 17 years or older on race day.

Please register:

- through SIEntries or 

- at Lionacleit School on the Friday night before race day from 18:00 to 20:30, (we'll be near the front entrance),

- on the day from 09:30 until 10:30.

If you wish you can complete an entry form in advance to bring in with you, but note that we no longer accept postal entries instead we use SIEntries.  Runners will be informed of their running bib number by email the week before the race and will be asked if possible and practical, to pick up their bib on Friday evening, Lionacleit school from 6pm.

The race starts at 11:00 and if you have pre-registered, please arrive no later that 10:30.

Walkers are very welcome, and will start at 09:30am, though walkers time may not be recorded.

Prizes are up for grabs to runners in several categories. 

Individual prizes:
1st, 2nd and 3rd Male and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Female.

Veteran Categories:
1st Male Vet 40 – 44, 1st Male Vet 45 – 49, 1st Male Vet 50+ and NEW CATEGORY Male Vet 60+
1st Female Vet 35 – 39, 1st Female Vet 40 – 44, 1st Female Vet 45+ and NEW CATEGORY Female Vet 55+

Fastest Local:
These popular prizes are for the 1st local Male and 1st local Female, who have not won an individual nor Vet prize.
Local is defined as either born on the Southern Isles, or having lived here for more than 1 year.

Team 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.

And £100 if you set a new male of female course record!

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.

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 miles you'll be finally heading back to the school, turning left at the second entrance into the carpark and towards the finish line on the running track. 

The route was slightly revised in 2018.  The start is now further to the west, and the race finishes on the sports track.  This has improved safety and creates more atmosphere as runners cross the finish line.

We arrange 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 are limited and booking is only through SIEntries to avoid over booking.  We charge £6 each way to cover costs.  Please book early to ensure a place.

For those making your own travel arrangements, see the 'Useful links' page.

Changing Facilities
There are changing and shower facilities available in the Sports Centre.  Lockers are also available.

Start and Finish
The start is from past Shell Bay campsite, near the Torlum turn, to the west of Sgoil Lionacleit.  The finish line is on the sports track at the back of 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 wholly closed to traffic, please note that the wearing of headphones, or similar devices, (other than those medically prescribed), is not permitted.

A DEFIBRILLATOR can be found on the outside wall of the school.

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.


If you have any knowledge of previous Half Marathon's (especially the first few) please get in touch to share your memories, pictures etc.