The sixth annual running of the Westside 5K and 10K took place last Saturday in close to ideal running conditions, although the 10K participants would not have appreciated the slight headwind for the final 2K to the finish at the Shawbost Community Centre.
From the 8K mark Stornoway based runner William Macrury and Duncan MacKellar from Harris were neck and neck in the lead with Alastair Dunlop just slightly off the pace.
In an exciting finale Willie proved to be the stronger just getting the better of Duncan in a sprint finish from the last bend. Alastair, who had won the event twice before, recorded a course personal best time of 38 minutes but had to be content with third place .
There was strong competition for the female prizes as well with Doleen Galbraidh being the eventual winner in a female course record time of 43.38. Dublin based, fellow Bermuda NatWest Island Games 2013 medallist, Christina MacKenzie was close behind in 45.07 followed by Ceit Stewart in 46.24.
A good run to finish fourth place overall ensured John MacAskill the first Male veteran award with the first Female Veteran prize going to Cathy Chisholm for the second year running.
The 5K came down to another battle for the line with Westside Runner and previous winner Martin Stewart prevailing against Rory Mighton who came in second closely followed by Duncan Edward in third with less than 30 seconds separating the trio.
Over the years the races have grown into a real community event with everyone working together to make it a success. Hope to see you all again next year.