Stornoway runners keeping pace in Skye Half Marathon

Members of the Stornoway Running and Athletics Club who recently took part in the Skye Half Marathon.
Members of the Stornoway Running and Athletics Club who recently took part in the Skye Half Marathon.

A number of members from Stornoway Running and Athletics Club (SRAC) competed in the Skye Half Marathon last weekend.

The SRAC numbers travelling to Skye were slightly depleted by a few club members who are focussed on the World Island Games later in the month, but those who ran posted some good times and thoroughly enjoyed the day.

It is strange how the weather in Stornoway at the end of May has been wet for the last number of years for the Stornoway half marathon, yet two weeks later it is invariably sunny in Skye.

So it was on Saturday, June 11th when a large field of over 300 runners set out from the school in Portree, running a tough uphill first three miles.

Overall, the sun and comparative heat combined to make it a difficult race, even for the regulars (the winner, local Skye resident Hugh Campbell, collapsed after crossing the line, but fortunately quickly recovered).

First SRAC runner home in 15th place was Alastair Lockett in 1:30:52, with fellow SRAC Alan Inglis only a few minutes behind in 1:32:21 in 23rd. Jim Bruce was happy with his race, although a few minutes slower than Benbecula last week, he beat several regulars who were in front of him in Stornoway and Skye.

Adrienne Stewart who is currently running well since her return to competing as well as coaching, finished in 1:53:19. There was success for the SRAC ladies team who finished second.

The facilities and hospitality in Skye were excellent as always. Skye was the third of this year’s HEB3, with the final two races being Barra (sold out) on 2nd July, and Harris (entries on the day) on 9th July.

Pictured above left to right are: Jim Bruce, Alastair Lockett, Adrienne Stewart and Alan Inglis.