Inter Island Challenge


Congratulations to the Western Isles Inter Island Challenge Team who together have raised an incredible £3602.50 for The Leanne Fund.

The first part of their challenge saw father and son, Donald and Darren Smith together with Alistair Glover (kayaker) undertake a non-stop cycle and kayak relay starting at Vatersay village at 5am on 14th June and finishing at the Butt of Ness lighthouse at 9.48pm – a total cycling time of just 11 hours 14 minutes.

A phenomenal achievement, particularly with a strong headwind most of the way, setting a difficult record to beat!

In conjunction with the cycle/kayak relay, Colin MacLeod, an experienced open water swimmer would attempt to swim the Sound of Barra and Sound of Harris.

Admittedly Colin reported that this would be by far the most difficult and arduous challenge he has undertaken due to the tidal conditions, especially in the Sound of Harris.

The Barra to Eriskay sea crossing was successfully swam by Colin in a time of 3 hours and 5 min.

Colin then swam the Sound of Harris in 3 hours 40 minutes. As far as we know Colin is the 1st person to swim either of the crossings ... and he goes and swims both in less than 24 hours. What a machine!

Well done to all those who took part and huge thanks to everyone who provided vital support without whom none of it would have been possible.

To find out more about The Leanne Fund please visit their website at

Pictured left to right is Alistair Glover (kayaker), Donald Smith (cyclist), Willie Mitchell (The Leanne Fund), Colin Macleod (Swimmer and Darren Smith (Cyclist).

Missing from the photo is Saul Hindson (Kayaker), Chris Baker (Support Swimmer), PJ Maclachlan (Support Kayaker), Rodney Jamieson (Support Kayaker), Peter Read (Support RIB-Harris), Roddy Read (Support RIB-Harris), Michael Macisaac (Suuport Boat-Barra) and John Michael Macisaac (Support Boat- Barra).