Athletes take on 190km Heb race

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More than 120 endurance athletes and volunteers took part in an inaugural 190km race on foot, bike and kayak in Benbecula and the Uists last weekend.

The Heb - Race on the Edge took place on September 3rd and 4th and the new multi-sport challenge included off-road running, mountain biking, and kayaking.

With an overall race time of 16:25:23, the winner was Craig Mattocks. However, the organisers stressed the event had a strong emphasis on particiaption, camaraderie and fun for all involved.

This was highlighted by the fact that less experienced competitors were able to take advantage of short-cut options built into the route.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s director of events, said: “The Hebridean islands present a varied but always stunningly scenic landscape, making them the perfect stage for a multi-disciplne event.

“We are delighted to support The Heb through EventScotland’s National Funding Programme in its inaugural year.”