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15 June 2016 00:20:00
 
"as you know SRAC will receive a warm welcome at either/both of these events" - Andrew
 
Berneray 10K Road & Cross-Country Race, Saturday 23 July
 
2pm start from the Community Hall.
Very scenic (slightly tough!) route partly on road, partly machair track and partly on wet beach - you might not want to wear your best running shoes!
Trophies to be won, refreshments etc. Entry fee: £7.
This is a Berneray Week event. More info at <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en-GB&q=http://www.isleofbenerneray.com&source=gmail&ust=1466032013176000&usg=AFQjCNGkzilX5M3G4edufq3620BPi3XHmw" href="http://www.isleofbenerneray.com/" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);" target="_blank">www.isleofbenerneray.com
Ferry from Leverburgh 11:40 return from Berneray 17:20. 
 
 
 
 
2 Islands half Marathon, Saturday 27 August
Sponsored by Hamersay House Hotel, Lochmaddy
 
10.30am start from Berneray Hostel.
Road route finishes at Hamersay House Hotel, Lochmaddy.
Lunch will be provided as usual - and the bar will be open!
Scenic route, no killer hills!
If you come over as a foot passenger from Leverburgh at 8.25am, a bus will meet you at Berneray ferry terminal. Transport can also be provided back to Berneray ferry terminal for either the 13:30 or 17:20 sailings.
Entry fee: £12 (£10 if Scottish Athletics-affiliated)
 
Registration on the day is possible for both these events. For more information please email andrew@mediaservices.eu.com or Tel: 01876 540209
 

Spike McIntosh  ...
09 June 2016 18:15:00

Link to results below.

Please notify Seumas (seumas.mactaggart@btinternet.com) of any queries ASAP as he intends forwarding to power of ten on Friday.

Results PDF


Spike McIntosh  ...
09 June 2016 18:11:00
'Somewhere in Harris' Hill Race, Friday 15th July, 7pm Cat A Short Hill Race.
Registration Scaladale Centre 6-6.30pm(If you dont know where the Scaladale Centre is dont ask Willie MacRury for directions cause he doesnt know either).

Good Conditions then its 'up the Clisham' 4miles/2100ft
Not so good conditions then its 'Luithaid 5 Peaks'(Bowglas start)5miles/1900ft

Full body kit required ie bum bag, waterproof top and bottoms, hat and gloves.

£5 entry/proceeds to HebSAR

Harris Mountain Festival Hill Race, Sat 10th September 4.30pm, 8miles 2800ft
Registration, North Harris Trust Office, 3.30-4pm

£5 entry. It is offical race policy that all participants get a prize and I might even allow you to choose what useful item you can have as a prize.

Full body kit required ie bum bag waterproof, hat and gloves
 
Organiser: Stuart Simpson
 
 

Spike McIntosh  ...
09 June 2016 18:01:00

The years Autoparts Stornoway Half Marathon and 10K made a welcome return to Lazy Corner at the inner harbour where the large crowd of spectators were kept entertained with lots of top running performances! Conditions were near to ideal with blue skies and only light winds that resulted in many personal best times. Each of the three races; the half marathon, 10K and Fun Run show cased fantastic ability, potential and many heroic achievements of self accomplishment.

In the main race of the day it looked to be a straight contest between local boy William MacRury and Ruairidh Campbell of Arbroath Footers, running his first Stornoway half in fifteen years!  Campbell did try to keep to script and ran side by side with MacRury through three mile. But there was telling signs at the first water station at the top of North Street Sandwick that the ‘Campbell challenge’ was over as he slowed to take on fluid. MacRury seemed unaware of Campbell slowing up as he continued with his relentless pace!

As the race came through Melbost Farm, Steinish and onto Mossend MacRury knew the race was his to win. But there was no easing off the pace and he continued to hold really good cadence and form. In the latter stages along the shore road towards Cuddy Point and with the end almost in sight William not content with the victory pushed on chasing record times!

When the red and gold Stornoway vest came into sight on the pier the crowd responded to the home victory secured by MacRury! His demonstration of front running produced both victory and a record time on the home course, a fabulous 1hour 13minutes and 17!  William commented, “I was able to enjoy it and it’s great to win in my local race with family and friends there watching”.

Arbroath’s Campbell was next to finish 2 minutes clear of Garscube Harrier Alasdair MacIver. But the gap was double that to MacRury in first. Campbell will race in the Hebrides again next Saturday in Benbecula and will look to improve on his Stornoway run as he challenges in the Hebridean 3 Race Series.

There was further celebration for the local club as Alanna Godard romped home to a convincing win to make it a SRAC double in the half marathon.  So impressive was Alanna’s performance that she finished 8th overall in the one hundred and twenty eight strong field. But for another SRAC personal best (p.b.) time by Mark MacIver, Allana would have been SRAC’s third team counter! P.B.’s by MacIver (7th), Norman Ferguson, 1hr: 21:38 (4th) and led by the impressive MacRury secured an outstanding team win for host club SRAC!

Goddard’s win was a six minute improvement on her previous best and over 7minutes clear of Gillian Carr (Corstorphine AAC).  Gillian’s runner-up place was taken ahead of yet another local putting in a good performance; Marina Murray form Ness.

SRAC’s success continued in the 10K with an easy win for Connor MacLean, from club mate Kyle Munro in second placed. Fergal Lally took third place. In the ladies 10K, 2015 half marathon champion Laura Ross was clear winner from local girls Holly MacIver and Joanna Gillies.

The events return to its long time start finish area at Lazy Corner at the heart of the town drew large and appreciative crowds to this ‘showcase’ venue. 2017’s event has all ready secured the sponsorship from Autoparts Stornoway and the club are grateful that the business area ready to support the event for a fourth year.

SRAC also wish to thank Stornoway Trust, Stornoway Port Authority, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Police Scotland (Francis St), Dr Douglas Miller (First Aid), WJ MacDonald’s butchers, Lewis Builders, Neil MacKay’s, O Mac and the Scouts for their support, cooperation and assistance.

Finally this SRAC organised event has been supported by the community with huge input in marshalling, officiating and much, much more!  Thanks to all, as it would not happen otherwise.

For more local athletics, why not try the Western Isles Track and Field Championships at Smith Avenue next Saturday.


 

 


Spike McIntosh  ...