The sixth annual running of the Westside 5K and 10K took place last Saturday in close to ideal running conditions, although the 10K participants would not have appreciated the slight headwind for the final 2K run back to the finish at the Shawbost Old School community centre.
From the 8K mark Stornoway based runner William Macrury and Duncan MacKellar from Harris were neck and neck in the lead with Alastair Dunlop just dropping slightly off the pace.
In an exciting finale William proved to be the stronger just getting the better of Duncan in a sprint finish from the last bend. Alastair, who had won the event twice before, recorded a course personal best time of 38 minutes but had to be content with third place on this occasion.
There was strong competition for the female prizes as well with Doleen Galbraidh being the eventual winner in a female course record time of 43.38. Dublin based, fellow Bermuda NatWest Island Games 2013 medallist, Christina MacKenzie was close behind in 45.07 followed by Ceit Stewart in 46.24.
A good run to finish fourth place overall ensured John MacAskill the first Male veteran award with the first Female Veteran prize going to Cathy Chisholm for the second year running.
New for this year were first local Male and 1st local Female prizes of presentation shields which were sponsored by Duncan Mackay and Sons Ltd. Allan Morrison and Catherine Macmillan, both from Barvas and both Westside Runners club regulars, won the respective awards.
The 5K came down to The sixth annual running of the Westside 5K and 10K took place last Saturday in close to ideal running conditions, although the 10K participants would not have appreciated the slight headwind for the final 2K run back to the finish at the Shawbost Old School community centre.
another battle for the line with Westside Runner and previous winner Martin Stewart prevailing against Rory Mighton who came in second closely followed by Duncan Edward in third with less than 30 seconds separating the trio.
Finishing fourth overall in the 5K and claiming first -16 Boy prize was Scott MacIver with Callum Mackay in sixth place and Callum Mighton in seventh place taking the second and third place -16 Boy awards.
There was sibling rivalry in the 5K -16 Girl category with Darcy Macintosh from Melbost Borve holding out to win over her sister Sydney who came in second with Annie MacLennan from Shawbost taking the third spot. First overall Female was another Westside Runner, Lorraine Morrison from Barvas.
The Westside Runners wish to acknowledge the continuing invaluable support of the Westside Historical Society ladies for providing the delicious soup and sandwiches and the Westside Duke of Edinburgh group for stewarding, water stops and timekeeping. Thanks also to the local businesses who donate raffle prizes each year, Health Promotion for providing funds for water bottles and fruit for the runners plus Shawbost Community Council and local councillors for financial assistance.
Last, but definitely not least, we must extend our appreciation to all the runners who make the effort to come along and take part. Over the years the races have grown into a real community event with everyone working together to make it a success. Hope to see you all again next year.