Get set – Isle of Harris Half-Marathon 2014

Time to get set for the Harris Half Marathon
Time to get set for the Harris Half Marathon

With the Stornoway half-marathon now completed, local runners will be looking forward to the Harris half-marathon which is scheduled for Saturday, July 5th.

The Harris race is a popular event in the Scottish running calendar and, in addition to a strong field of local athletes, attracts a large number of entries from the Scottish mainland and beyond.

Already this year entries have been received from as far afield as Germany and Canada!

One of the reasons for the event’s continuing popularity is the scenic quality of the route which starts at Borve Lodge and meanders and undulates past the spectacular sandy beaches on the west side of the island, before climbing across a hilly stretch of rugged, loch-strewn moorland and finally descending towards the finish in the vibrant ferry port of Tarbert.

The Harris Half occupies a special position as the last of the five half-marathons (Stornoway, Benbecula, Barra, Skye and Harris) which provide the framework for the HEB 3 CHALLENGE, a race series by Stornoway Running and Athletics Club.

The challenge is to complete at least three of the five half marathons in any one year and prizes are awarded on the basis of overall aggregate times. This is the longest running series of half marathons in Scotland, and 2014 sees the 25th event.

Also unique to the race are the Harris Tweed medal ribbons – hand-sewn by Catherine Campbell at Harris Tweed Isle of Harris, one of our principal sponsors.

The race is also generously supported by the Harris Hotel and SeaHarris, who offer discounts on accommodation and sea trips respectively to half-marathon participants.

Full registration information and additional details on the race are available on the SRAC website, while any other queries can be emailed to race coordinator Gordon Macdonald rrr@talktalk.net