North Uist Half Marathon success

The Benbecula Half- Marathon took place on Saturday 1st June.

The route leads runners around and through the machair grasslands which, at this time of year, are vibrant with yellow from buttercups, white from daisies all interspersed with pink from the multitude of orchids and, and patches of yellow iris coming into flower where the corncrakes can be heard calling from.

This makes way for moorland, with a range of birds of prey, before rejoining the machair.

The Benbecula Fun Run and Fast Track takes place on the same day, providing an opportunity for people of all ages and ability to join in.

In the half marathon, 83 entrants took part on a day of sunny intervals, with a fairly strong north-easterly wind that made the run challenging.

First home was Andrew King of Stornoway Running and Athletics Club, who won the race with a time of 1:22:14.

Morina MacDougall was the first woman across the line in 1:32:22.

All runners and volunteers tucked into an impressive spread of food – this event is becoming well-known for its buffet! This year, Cheryl Taylor offered post-race massages in order to raise funds for the RNLI.

A great idea for a fundraiser, she collected £67 in total.

Also this year a new medal was unveiled. It was designed by Jordan MacPherson (13). Jordan’s design was unanimously chosen by the Half-Marathon Committee following a design competition held at Sgoil Lionacleit.

The medal design competition was open to all pupils in S1-3 and had a total of 43 entrants.