Isle of Skye half marathon to at­tract 1,000 en­tries this year

The Oban Times - - SPORT -

A REG­U­LAR fix­ture on the run­ning cal­en­dar for more than 30 years the Isle of Skye half marathon looks set to have its big­gest year in race his­tory.

Tak­ing place on Saturday June 10, there will be 1,000 en­try places avail­able to run­ners, and it has now been an­nounced that the Scot­tish Salmon Com­pany will be the head­line spon­sor for the 2017 event.

Mark Crowe, race di­rec­tor, said: ‘To have the sup­port of The Scot­tish Salmon Com­pany means we can realise our am­bi­tions and open up the Isle of Skye Half Marathon to 1,000 run­ners for the first time. Now more peo­ple than ever be­fore can ex­pe­ri­ence the half marathon on our beau­ti­ful is­land.’

The race has grown in pop­u­lar­ity over the last 30 years with peo­ple travlling from all over the world to take part.

Mr Crowe added: ‘The Isle of Skye Half Marathon is a real com­mu­nity event and with­out the help and sup­port of lo­cal peo­ple and busi­nesses such as The Scot­tish Salmon Com­pany we wouldn’t be able to grow the event to where it is now.’

With views of Ben Tianavaig, The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Raasay and the Cuillin moun­tain range, run­ners tak­ing part in the Isle of Skye Half Marathon ex­pe­ri­ence some of the most breath-tak­ing scenery Scot­land has to of­fer.

Craig An­der­son, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of The Scot­tish Salmon Com­pany, said: ‘The Isle of Skye Half Marathon is par­tic­u­larly spe­cial to us as the start and fin­ish line is just a few min­utes away from our own site in Portree.

‘As one of the world’s most scenic and chal­leng­ing races, we are look­ing for­ward to be­ing in­volved in this year’s event and are pleased to work with the race or­gan­is­ers to help it grow fur­ther and open it up to more en­trants than ever.’

Left, Alis­tair Dan­ter, chair­man of Skye Events, cel­e­brates the spon­sor­ship agree­ment with David Tay­lor from The Scot­tish Salmon Com­pany and Mark Crowe, race di­rec­tor for the Isle of Skye Half Marathon.

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