Road to the Isles half marathon

The Oban Times - - News -

THE AN­NUAL Road to the Isles half marathon took place last Satur­day.

As well as the half marathon which started at Ari­saig House at 12pm, there was a 10k race start­ing on Traigh Beach and a 5k at Loch Mo­rar.

The event was to raise funds for the Mal­laig Pool and Leisure Cen­tre re­fur­bish­ment which aims to raise £1.1m over­all and prior to the half-marathon day the to­tal was at around £ 309,000.

Over 450 par­tic­i­pants signed up, com­ing from as far as Devon and Corn­wall, Paris and Amer­ica. Alistair Hay (Cen­tral Ath­let­ics Club) was the first man over the line in the half marathon with a time of 01: 08:30, with Iain Man­son (Metro Aberdeen Road Run­ning Club) com­ing sec­ond with a time of 01:19:29. In third place was in­di­vid­ual run­ner Donough McBrearty with 01:22: 02 and the first lo­cal to fin­ish was Ewen Hen­der­son with a time of 01:24:11, plac­ing him in fourth.

The first fe­male fin­isher was Kate Ja­cobs (Swin­don Har­ri­ers) who fin­ished in sixth place over-all with a time of 01:26:36.

The win­ner of the 10k run was Gareth Ni­block at 44mins 29 secs, with Patricia Mul­hol­land fin­ish­ing sec­ond with 49:50, and Ewan McCarthy com­ing third with a time of 50:27 secs.

The fastest three run­ners in the 5k race were all ju­nior run­ners with Thomas Woods (Cen­tral Ath­let­ics Club) com­ing first with a time of 22:40, Iain-Fin­lay Mac­In­tyre was sec­ond with a time of 23:14 and Jen­nifer Scott came third with a time of 24:30.

The male and fe­male win­ner of each race won a paint­ing each of the Road to the Isles scenery cour­tesy of Laura Kingswood.

The whole com­mu­nity pulled to­gether to host the event.

Cameron Mac­in­tosh do­nated a gi­ant paella pan that feeds 250 and Dun­can Chisholm from La Tor­tilla in In­ver­ness of­fered to cook the paella, with Ari­saig born fish­mon­ger Iain Ste­wart do­nat­ing seafood for it.

The McCarthys from Mal­laig Bake­house do­nated gra­nola en­ergy balls for par­tic­i­pants and Pam from Lochaber Yoga gave free, post-race yoga classes.

Sarah at Ari­saig House and Eilidh at Traigh Golf Course let or­gan­is­ers start the races at their prop­er­ties.

Shiel Buses do­nated a bus and driver to trans­port par­tic­i­pants to the start line and the Co- op in Mal­laig pro­vided water, sweets and fruit for par­tic­i­pants as well as send­ing over some staff to help give out medals and goodie bags.

Pool man­ager Brian O’Rourke and Chair, Fiona Baker, who did much to make the half marathon hap­pen. Pho­tos: Iain Fer­gu­son, The Write Im­age

First lo­cal back, Ewan Hen­der­son. Pho­to­graph: Iain Fer­gu­son, The Write Im­age.

Seventy-two-year-old Philippa Dove, from Ard­na­mur­chan, was one of the most se­nior en­trants to com­plete the course.

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