Half Marathon 2018 review

This was our biggest event so far, and we're very pleased to have received lots of positive feedback.  It was a hot day though and the runners made good use of all five water stations.  

Our day started with low fog, but rather muggy conditions with little or no wind.  So much so that fog prevented ferries crossing the Sound of Harris and the Sound of Barra!  So 24 runners waited hopefully for the fog to clear, along with volunteers from St. Andrews First Aid and Youth Volunteers from Police Scotland.  Unfortunately the fog didn't clear in time but we managed to rope in extra volunteers at the last minute, including several partners, friends of runners and inured runners.  As the race started, the wind picked up a bit and the sun came out.

In all, 76 runners and 10 walkers turned up for the Half Marathon, with twenty from the Lewis and Harris contingent and four runners on Barra running their own "Alternative Half".  So we're claiming a record total of 110 participants!

Thank you to all our regular volunteers, those who were visiting our islands, and those who responded to our urgent pleas for help.  We are grateful to you all.

Congratulations to local runner Nea MacInnes who from an early lead finished in 1:24:30, well ahead of Andy McMahon, Stornoway Running & Athletics Club in second place, 1:28:06 and  Ward Linney of Wye Valley Runners in 1:29:27.

The first lady home was Kirsty Haxby, who came home in 1:42:10, with a clear lead over Flora Ann MacDonald, 1:46:42.  Third was local Mhairi Dobbie in 1:52:26.  

Well done to all runners. Please download the full results here.  Photos can be seen on our Facebook page.

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