The 7th annual West Side 5K and 10K races took place in near-ideal running conditions on Saturday, August 9.
In the 10K Willie MacRury ran with purpose right from the off and had created a gap back to the rest of the field by the brow of the first hill 200 metres from the start. From then on the winner was never in doubt.
What wasn’t so well known was that Willie’s aim for the race was to beat his own winning time from the previous year and also make an attempt on the course record of 37 minutes 11 seconds. This had been set in 2010 by Jethro Lennox of Shettleston Harriers who was the Scottish Athletic Hill Running Champion from 2004 to 2007.
Willie was able to sustain the pace and cross the line in an impressive 36 minutes and 22 seconds to achieve his aim. Stornoway Running Club filled the first three positions in the male honours with John MacAskill, second, ahead of Norman Ferguson, third. Both improved on their times from 2013 when they had finished fourth and fifth respectively.
The first female, in a time of 44.54, was Marina Murray from Point who has the winning habit as far as the Westside 10K is concerned. Second was Jane MacIver with Caroline Macdonald taking third place.
60 runners took the start line for the 5K and the competition for the leading positions was hotly contested with less than 25 seconds between the first three to finish.
Shaun Macdonald from Barvas won in a time of 21.55 coming in ahead of the Westside Runners’ Charlie Morrison. Being only 8, Charlie was one of the youngest competitors, and also one of the smallest, but he’s big on talent and commitment and a good prospect. His time of 22.18 was just enough to hold off the challenge of SRAC’s Holly MacIver. Holly now has the honour of being the first female runner to claim a place in the Westside 5K’s first 3 home.
Full results and photo’s from both runs and presentation of prizes are available on the West Side Runners website.
The West Side Runners wish to thank everyone who supports and assists with each year’s event, local businesses for generous donations to our raffle and the runners for taking part.