The fifth running of the West Side 10K took place in glorious sunshine last Saturday to the relief of the organisers after two consecutive years of very wet and windy weather.
Both the 10K and 5K continue to attract increasing numbers of participants. The Westside Runners were formed with the aim of attracting more people in the local community to get involved in running and active sports and are encouraged by the fact that 37 of the young runners in the 5K were from the West Side catchment area. The entries were also bolstered by a large delegation from Stornoway Running and Athletics Club with their Beginners group led by William MacRury out in force.
Connor MacLean from Stornoway broke the tape first in the 10K with a very impressive time of 38.53, the fourth best time to date on a challenging course. Second, just failing to break the 40 minute mark was William MacRury. Third was Alastair Macdonald from Lochmaddy in North Uist with a personal best time of 40.57. The male veteran prize went to fourth place finisher Donnie MacMillan, another SRAC runner.
Marina Murray of Bayble claimed the first Female trophy for the third consecutive year. In second place was young Ceitlin Smith from Dell in Ness with SRAC senior Adrienne Stewart five seconds behind picking up the third female prize. The female veteran category was won by Cathy Chisholm from Stornoway.
With 64 runners in the 5K the competition was hot, The first three placed runners all finishing under 21 minutes with Jamie Sullivan from Barvas home first in 20.17, Jason Guilmartin from Bayble second in 20.55, being closed followed by Jason MacLean from Stornoway in 20.58.
The 5K under 16 boy home in first place prize was claimed by Hugh MacKenzie from Stornoway in 21.39, Michael Macmillan from Stornoway was second in 22.46 with Morgan MacLeod from Borve third in 23.46.
Keeping winning in the family in a time of 26.36 was under 16 girl Ellie MacLean, sister of 10K winner Connor. Second was Annie MacLennan from Shawbost in 32.16 just holding off third place Rosie Sullivan who finished in 32.20.
The Westside Runners wish to extend grateful thanks to the local councillors, Shawbost Community Council, Comman Eachdraidh an Taobh Siar, Westside Duke of Edinburgh Group, Health Promotion, photographers and all volunteers who helped to make the event a success.