Racing against the Harris wind

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Almost 100 hardy runners braved the conditions on Saturday to run the Isle of Harris Half Marathon.

It was a tough race – for although the conditions were dry most of the 13.1 mile race was straight into a Force 6 headwind.

There were some very experienced athletes who were exhausted as they crossed the finish line.

As an indicator of the challenge involved, the overall male winner, Greig Glendinning (pictured above), finished in 1:23:43 – almost 10 minutes outside his personal best.

The first female, Eilis McKechanie, did well to finish in 1:34:59.

But the real achievement of the day must be the storming run of local runner Maree MacKay who completed the course in 1:40:58 to take the 3rd female overall prize. This was an improvement of almost two minutes on her personal best and was an astonishing feat considering the weather.

For more on the half marathon and fun run see this week’s Stornoway Gazette out Thursday, July 12th.