Success for the first ever Stornoway Lifeboat 5k

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The first ever Stornoway Round Table sponsored Stornoway Lifeboat Station 5k fundraising event was held on Saturday, July 19th.

From young and old, runners to strollers, a total of 50 people took part in Saturday’s event which was completed in sky-splitting sunshine around the Lews Castle Grounds course and raised £300 for the lifesaving RNLI charity.

First across the 5k line was Kyle Munro with a time of 19.06minutes. And winning the Stornoway Round Table trophy for the largest group from a club/organisation was Stornoway Running and Athletics Club.

Island resident Ann Macarthur couldn’t make it to Stornoway so completed her 5k near her home, and raised £360 in sponsorship.

The Stornoway Lifeboat Station 5k was started by a toot on the horn of Stornoway RNLI’s all-weather Severn class lifeboat ‘Tom Sanderson’; and Stornoway RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) and volunteer crew members Aonghas Campbell and Gavin Maciver completed the course in the lifeboatmen’s ‘wet-weather’ gear – not a bad effort in the heat!

Thanks go to Donnie MacMilan and Donald Macleod for marshalling at the event and Keith Bray for making route maps. The 5k was held before Stornoway RNLI’s annual Open Day - see page 12 for more - and it is hoped that next year the 5k fundraiser will start and end at Stornoway RNLI Station.