Tom turns on the style at Tiree Ul­tra­ma­rathon

The Oban Times - - Sport 27 -

CON­NEL man Tom Smith made it two-in-a-row on Sun­day, win­ning the Tiree Ul­tra­ma­rathon for the sec­ond time in two years.

Gar­dener Tom, whose time was 4:44:31, won the inau­gu­ral event last year.

The race cir­cum­nav­i­gates the is­land, a route of 35 miles, and was switched from anti- clock­wise to clock­wise for 2015.

Tom said: ‘I’m pleased, but I found it a bit harder than last year - my prepa­ra­tion maybe wasn’t quite as good and I found it a bit of a strug­gle dur­ing the sec­ond half. I’m re­ally pleased with the win though.

‘It was a bit tougher this year be­cause of the wind.

‘For a large part of it the wind was blow­ing north so you were run­ning into a head wind.

‘The route is in­cred­i­ble tough. You are hit­ting corners of the is­land you just don’t get to see, and it’s such a var­ied ter­rain.’

A ceilidh was held on Satur­day night, af­ter the event, at the An Talla com­mu­nity hall.

Race or­gan­iser Will Wright said: ‘It’s been a bril­liant event this year, with 200 peo­ple tak­ing part.

‘It was a per­fect day for it, and hav­ing a lo­cal win­ner in Tom Smith was great.

‘Hold­ing it on a week­end which would oth­er­wise be quiet meant a lot of the guest­houses and camp­sites were full .

‘The event is at­tract­ing new visi­tors here too. I spoke to peo- ple from all over, in­clud­ing some run­ners from Ger­many, so it’s good for tourism on the is­land.’

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