WIIGA 5K draws huge crowd

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Stornoway Running and Athletics Club’s flying Frenchman Florent Schall was first runner to break the tape in the Western Isles Island Games Association (WIIGA) 5K.

Schall continued his blistering race pace since moving to the isles for his studies with an impressive run of 17:14 which took him home just before WIIGA runners Michael Macmillan and Murdo Alex Mackenzie.

Joanna Gillies was first female runner across the line with her own speedy result of 22:15.

The annual fundraising 5K was organised in association with sponsors Scottish Salmon and Galson Motors and in partnership with Car Hire Hebrides, in the Castle Grounds Stornoway.

140 took off to the sound of councillor Charlie Nicolson’s signal with a number of walkers joining the eager runners who snaked around the Lews Castle Grounds to help raise funds to help our local talented athletes to attend the elite level competitions that the Island Games offers.

WIIGA would like to thank the following individuals: John Emberson, Lesley Graham, Catherine MacInnes, Agnes Mackenzie, Tina Macleod, Bethany Spence, Donna Bray, Krysta Bray, Alan MacIver, Gerry Connelly, Anne Maclean, Charlie Nicolson, Linda MacKinnon, Norrie Tomsh & Donald Oz for their help on the day, and the Stornoway Trust for allowing the event to take place in the Castle Grounds. A special thank you goes to our event sponsors The Scottish Salmon Company, Galson Motors and Car Hire Hebrides.

Cllr Charlie Nicolson and WIIGA Chairperson Norrie ‘Tompsh’ Macdonald presented the prizes for the first male and female runners to cross the line.

The next NatWest Island Games take place in Gotland on the 24th – 30th June 2017. If you wish to find out more information about how you could support our Island athletes at this International sporting event please contact Iain GG Campbell on 01851 822782 or email iain.campbell@cne-siar.gov.uk

Finally WIIGA would like to say a big thank you to all the participants for making such a great effort on the day and contributing to a successful event.