LOCAL and mainland runners are busy getting into training for a new half marathon which is being held for the first time next Saturday (August 27).
The ‘2 Islands Half Marathon’ starts in Berneray at 10.30am and finishes at Lochmaddy Community Hall, North Uist.
Organised by the North Uist Amateur Athletics Club, the event has been deliberately timed for when most other island races are finished, to give runners a late season opportunity to pull on their trainers and get out there into the elements!
It has also been timed to make it easy for as many people as possible to participate, whatever combinations of ferry or bus they are travelling on.
Runners will be bused from Lochmaddy, leaving at 9am, to Berneray and the bus will also connect with the ferry coming from Leverburgh and with the service bus for runners coming from Barra, Eriskay and South Uist.
Registration is possible on the day and entry comes at a cost of £10, or £8 for members of Scottish Athletics.
The half marathon will follow a beautifully scenic linear route which, while gently undulating, does not feature the killer hills of certain island runs!
It is clear that it is capturing the imagination of runners from the islands and also from further afield. So the organisers are hopeful of a good turnout, some impressive times and, most of all, luck with the weather!
For more information, log onto www.srac.org.uk or the ‘What’s On’ section of www.isleofberneray.com