Annual charity run attracts worldwide entrants

Runners from all over the Western Isles and further afield are being invited to take part in a charity run next weekend.

The annual Valtos 10k takes place on Saturday 4 October with runners invited to take part in the run around the Valtos Peninsula or to run or walk 10k wherever they are in the world in aid of the Linda Norgrove Foundation.

Over the past three years of the event people have participated from as far and wide as Afghanistan, Australia and the USA, raising over £20,000 for the Foundation. In 2011 researchers at the Concordia Research Station in Antarctica took part running in soft snow and temperatures of minus 55 degrees celcius.

So far this year runners have signed up from Equatorial Guinea, New Zealand, and Washington DC. People are also taking part throughout the UK including an oil worker on a rig west of Shetland.

The run around the Valtos Peninsula has attracted runners of all ages and abilities over the years with mothers pushing babies in buggies around the course and runners in their 70s.

The main Valtos run starts at Uig on Saturday 4 October at 12 noon. Soup and baking will be provided for all participants and Cnip Grazings are keeping their camp site and toilet block open past the end of the season for anyone who would like to pitch a tent on the Friday and Saturday nights.

The annual run marks the anniversary of the death of Linda Norgrove, an aid worker from Uig working in Afghanistan, who was kidnapped and died in a failed rescue attempt.

Since the Foundation was set up in 2010 in Linda’s memory it has distributed over half a million pounds to help women and children affected by the war in Afghanistan. It has funded almost 50 grass roots projects including orphanages which care for some of the country’s most disadvantaged disabled children, homes for widows, education for girls and emergency medical help for women who have been severely abused.

More information on how to sign up for the run is available at www.lindanorgrovefoundation.org.