Get set for this year’s Stornoway Half Marathon

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RUNNERS on your marks... the date for this year’s Co-operative Stornoway Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run has been set - it is Saturday, May 25th and begins at 10am.

The event, organised by Stornoway Running and Athletics Club, is one of the highlights of the island’s sporting calender, with runners travelling from as far away as Nashville USA to join the many mainland UK and local runners as they take to the streets of Stornoway.

The choice of 13.1 miles, 10K or a two-mile fun run means there is a race for all abilities and, with more than three months to go, there is still plenty time to train for those who want to set themselves a new challenge or get back into shape.

This year also sees the return of the Half Marathon Charity Relay.

SRAC’s chosen charity for 2013 is Crossroads Caring Lewis and as part of the half marathon we are offering entries for team relays.

This is open to four runners over the 13.1 miles. There will be four relay ‘stations’ where runners will hand over the baton to their team-mates so each runner will run around 3.3 miles each.

The entry fee for the relay will be £20 and we just ask each team to raise £50 for this deserving charity.

You can, of course, raise more than that and have the option of putting the rest of the money to another charity, of your own choice.

Full details are on the SRAC website.

The half marathon starts at 10am from Lews Castle College and will follow the usual route: the first half around the town before entering the Castle Grounds for the second part of the race.

The 10K starts at 11am just beyond Cuddy Point and follows the Low Road to the golf club before heading up to the Castle where it joins the half marathon route to the finish.

The Fun Run will start at 10.15am from the golf club car park.

There are medals and goody bags for all finishers and awards for winners and runners-up in each category.

There will be a ceilidh on the Saturday evening for all the runners and their friends and family.

Tickets cost £5 and will be available at race registration on the Friday evening. There is also a buffet for all runners at the prize-giving in the Bridge Centre after the races.