Eilidh Mackenzie won her 1500m heat
Eilidh Mackenzie won her 1500m heat

Day two in Jersey, and day one of competitions, has been eventful, unforgettable and rewarding for The Western Isles although we are still on the hunt for our first sniff of silverware.

Personal bests came tumbling down across different disciplines with new records set and a huge number qualifying for race semi-finals and finals.

Mark Maciver took part in the Triathlon

Mark Maciver took part in the Triathlon

In football there were defeats to the Isle of Man for both the men and the women although the mood in each dressing room would have been distinctly different post-match after the girls went down narrowly, and undeservedly 3-2, and the men on the wrong end of a painful 9-0 reverse.

Alannah Goddard set a new half marathon PB with a stunning run of 1:32:51 despite pounding the tarmac around Jersey in blistering heat soaring well into the 20s.

Willie Macrury set a Western Isles Island Games half marathon record - beating Ross Munro’s record which has stood for a decade.

Mark ‘Doug’ Maciver wetsuited up for the gruelling triathlon event which saw him swim around the bay infront of the stunning castle which stands out in the sea and in front of a huge crowd which was well into the thousands.

Finishing 43rd from a field of 68 triathletes ‘Doug’ can be proud of his efforts.

On the track the mantra for one of the athletes was ‘no gurn no earn’ as they discussed the unique ‘race faces’ which are often displayed on the sport pages of the Stornoway Gazette following events.

Our athletes flew the flag with pride and with style and swagger.

A heroic HALF DOZEN athletes qualified for finals and semi finals. Donnie Macleod, Eve Carringotn, Eilidh Macleod, Eilidh Mackenzie, Michael Macmillan and Peigi Mackellar showed their fellow island athletes how things are done on the SRAC track with some hugely impressive performances.

In addition to the six qualifiers, a handful of teen talents made their NatWest Island Games debuts and sparkled, showing little nerves competing on the international stage for the first time.

Craig McCulloch got on his bike for the time trial where he took a trip into a ditch to avoid being face planted into the back of a bus - through no fault of his own but due to the shoddy driving of the bus. After the race Craig was ‘buzzing’ and thrilled with his experience and performance.

And our shooters were cocked and loaded for a testing day shooting into the blazing sunshine on the coast.

Both Donald Macinnes and Donald Walker showed up well despite facing the most testing of locations for a clay shooting site.

See this week’s Stornoway Gazette for full, more in depth reports and reaction on all events from today (Sunday, June 28).

Until tomorrow,