Get fit for Mod 2011

Mod 5k
Mod 5k

With the start of Mòd nan Eilean Siar just over six weeks away the local organising committee are encouraging the public to get fit, perhaps even reduce a kilt size, in the run up to the 14th of October!

In September 2010 a successful 5k event was hosted by the committee and Saturday the 24th of September 2011 has been chosen as the date of this year’s event.

The 5k, which will take place in Lews Castle Grounds, Stornoway, is the ideal fitness solution in the weeks running up to the Mod and even if you are a total novice you have enough time left to get those trainers on and pound those pavements.

An easy to follow training programme is available at However, there is absolutely no pressure to run the 5k and participants can walk, at their own pace, round the 3.2 mile course.

A fee of £10 will be charged for taking part in the event although those under the age of 16 can participate for free.

Committee members Evelyn Coull and Marina MacLeod, who are organising the Mod 5k commented: “The 2010 5k was excellent and we hope to have even more participants at this year’s event, particularly since the Mod will only be a mere three weeks away from then!

“Getting fit and setting a personal challenge can be great fun, especially if you team up with a friend for training. It would also be great to see the island choirs well represented and to see their competitive spirit emerge round the five kilometre course!

“The fantastic thing about an event like this is that people can take it at their own pace and last year it was particularly encouraging to see so many people, both young and old, take part. This is also an excellent way to showcase the premier festival of Gaelic language and culture to an entirely different audience.”

Following the 5k on the evening of the Saturday the 24th of September, popular local rockers Blitzer will be performing at the Sea Angling Club and again all money raised on the evening will go towards Mòd nan Eilean Siar 2011.

This gives those who have donned their trainers in the morning the chance to get their glad rags on and enjoy a well deserved night out after all their training endeavours!

For more information or to register your interest contact Evelyn Coull on or Marina MacLeod on, telephone 01851 703 487.