Records tumble at Callanish Marathon

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They flocked to the starting line in huge numbers with 126 runners: keen, emerging and newcomers; pulling on their trainers for the gruelling, but breathtakingly beautiful Callanish Stones Marathon.

The marathon set the runners off at the Breasclete Community Hall before setting off through the village, past the Carloway Broch, to the Blackhouse village at Gearrannan and returning via the Pentland Road to finish at the famous Callanish Standing Stone circle.

It was a route carefully plotted to showcase the beauty of the Lewis landscape at the same time as posing the traditional upward and downward slopes of a marathon.

First past the post was Rupert Shute of Reading Road Runners who broke the tape in an incredible 2:49.15 - some ten minutes ahead of second-placed Rob Sinclair of Garioch Road Runners. Third was Cernethy’s Graham Nash (3:01.43).

First female home was Susan Johnston of Corstorphine AAC (3:30.32), second was Karol Tanghe of Dapalo (3:41.34).

The first male veteran (40+) was Ruaraidh Campbell of Arbroath Footers (3:05.25), and first female veteran (35+) was Janet Smith (3:56.59).

In addition to the marathon there was a well contested 10K which saw Corstorphine AAC take top spot on the podium in both the male and female sections.

Scott Pilkington took the honours for the men in a speedy 36:03 and Gillian Carr finished in 43:01 for the ladies.

For more from the Marathon - pick up a copy of this week’s Stornoway Gazette, on sale today, Thursday, August 7, 2014.

(Picture by Sandie Maciver).