Make your way to Stornoway

The Oban Times - - Sport -

STORNOWAY Run­ning and Ath­let­ics Club (SRAC) was ‘up and run­ning’ again as part of Mod nan Eilean’s Royal Na­tional Mod week.

For more than 100 years, An Co­munn Gàid­healach has fol­lowed its motto of Ar Canain ’s ar Ceol - our lan­guage and our mu­sic. In ad­vance of an Co­munn’s week-long cel­e­bra­tion of the Gaeltacht’s rich her­itage, SRAC ran from Oban to Stornoway. Ten SRAC run­ners, lead by stal­warts Tony Rob­son and Jim Bruce and Cal­bost Har­rier Nor­rie MacKay, ran the 162 miles car­ry­ing a mes­sage from last year’s hosts Oban to be read at the open­ing cer­e­mony in An Lan­tair, Stornoway.

Tony, Jim and Nor­rie were tak­ing part in their third Mod Re­lay, the only run­ners to have com­pleted all three events. As their limbs slow with age, they were de­lighted to have club speed­ster Nor­man Ferguson and in­ter­na­tional mem­ber Ger­ald Kalchauer, who trav­elled from Linz, Aus­tria, run­ning with the team.

The pre­vi­ous re­lays have been the 153 miles be­tween Thurso and Stornoway - the long way - in 2011 and the road be­tween Perth and Stornoway, all 190 miles of it, in 2005.

The team col­lects do­na­tions en route and when pass­ing Dal­whin­nie Dis­tillery dur­ing the 2005 run the team was gifted a bot­tle of malt from the dis­tillery.

The fol­low­ing re­lay of 2011 had pre-ar­ranged stops at Old Pult­ney, Clyn­lish and Bal­blair dis­til­leries and the bot­tles were auc­tioned for the cause. Keeping with tra­di­tion, the team popped into Oban Dis­tillery at the start of this year’s event. En route, the team vis­ited Ben Ne­vis and Glen Ord Dis­til­leries. Their con­tri­bu­tions are ap­pre­ci­ated and will be added to the other money col­lected.

The team run­ning to pro­mote the 125th Royal Na­tional Mod in Lewis was rais­ing funds for the RNLI and Macmil­lan Cancer Sup­port. Do­na­tions can be made through SRAC mem­bers or by do­nat­ing to its Just Giv­ing page.

Con­vener of Oban’s lo­cal com­mit­tee for last year’s Royal Na­tional Mod, Dun­can Mac­don­ald, fifth from the left, hands over the scroll to mem­bers of Stornoway Run­ning Club be­fore their 162-mile run from Oban to Stornoway.

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