More than 350 people take part in Norgrove run

Lining up for the start of the run in Concordia
Lining up for the start of the run in Concordia

People from every continent in the world have taken part in a fundraising run on the anniversary of the death of Linda Norgrove, the Western Isles aid worker killed in Afghanistan.

Her international links were reflected in the wide participation from her friends and former colleagues in every corner of the globe including Uganda, Papua New Guinea, Nepal, Peru, Saudi Arabia, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Moldova and Antarctica.

More than 200 overseas participants joined 160 local people in the run in Uig which has already raised more than £5,000.

Possibly the most strenuous feat was in Concordia in the Antartic where ten people ran a 500m race in temperatures below -50 degrees centigrade.

The event, arranged by a University friend of Linda’s, Eoin Macdonald, involved him and his colleagues who are based at a scientific research station, one of only three in the continent’s interior that is manned all year round. The camp, 3,200 metres above sea level, is run jointly by the French Polar Insititute (IPEV) and the Italian national research body (ENEA).

The scientists have been completely isolated since February as it is too cold for planes or vehicles to operate and the first flight is not expected for a month. The winner was a Frenchman, Ilann Bourgeois who ran the 500m in a time of 2.34 minutes, wearing a heavy suit and running in soft, deep snow.