NATWEST ISLAND GAMES: Day 3 round up

The start of the 5k
The start of the 5k
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Day two at the NatWest Island Games brought the first medals and like a pimple on prom night - the first brought a raft of others.

The magnificent, inspirational, awe-inspiring, must-be-seen-to-be-believed Macphee sisters set the ball rolling in glorious style with a hat-trick of medals in the women’s cross country event.

Gold and Silver for Macphee sisters

Gold and Silver for Macphee sisters

Two years after striking gold in Bermuda in the triathlon, Kerry roared back to the top of the podium with a quite incredible race in which she lapped all but three of the other rides to cross the line well over 10-minutes ahead of the field.

And her wee sister Kirsty, a newbie to competitive cycling with literally just a matter of months under her belt, dug in for the race of her life on the biggest stage of her life to take second place and the silver medal.

This glorious 1-2 propelled the Western Isles to the team gold event too.

To watch these two masters of their craft obliterate the opposition was a joy to behold and for me, someone whose concept of a balanced diet is a hot-dog in each hand while nodding to ACDC they were hugely inspiring.

In the pool teenager Kara Hanlon, only 18 by a matter of weeks, broke the NatWest Island Games record for 50m breaststroke in her heat but swam a little slower in the final in which she took silver.

Kathryn Offer, Isla Budge, Lucy Doig and Katie Murray also impressed in the pool with débuts and PBs coming for the latter trio.

Elsewhere, Donnie Macleod was back on his catwalk - the red carpet of the track - as he strutted home in his usual magnificent style to win the 800m heat and qualify for the final with SRAC clubmate Michael Macmillan also qualifying in third.

Eve Carrington demolished the 400m PB she set just 24-hours earlier to take second place and a spot in Tuesday night’s final.

In the 5K Connor Maclean clocked a PB of 15:17 to take sixth place in a very fast race in which Murdo Alex Mackenzie also earned a 5,000m PB.

In the football the men recovered from their heavy defeat against the Isle of Man to put up a hugely creditable display against host island Jersey in front of thousands of home fans at a packed Springfield Stadium.

Our women’s team also lost by the same score in a match which could have gone either way after the W.Isles enjoyed a strong second-half start against a slick Gotland outfit.

And finally Paul Smith was the sole finisher of our three male entrants in the mens mountain bike cross country after John Neil Mitchell (snapped bike chain) and Donald Macrury (injured wrist following a fall) were forced to withdraw.

Smith dug deep in testing conditions to cross the line despite battling cramp from early on.

See this week’s Stornoway Gazette this week for more detailed reports and reactions and exclusive pics from the Games - on sale Thursday, July 2.