Portree’s Hugh makes it four wins in a row

The Oban Times - - Sport -

PORTREE’S Hugh Camp­bell was first – with a time of 36:27 – to cross the line of a new course in the Dun­ve­gan Cas­tle 10K.

The four times win­ner of the event and five times win­ner of the Skye half-marathon came in more than four min­utes ahead of run­ner-up Pe­dro Berredo from Brazil (40:40). Dun­ve­gan’s Iain Al­lan fin­ished with a time of 42:53, just pip­ping Joseph Lewa of Staf­fin (43:23) to the third spot.

On Satur­day April 29, the day started off with a ju­nior fun run, won by Ross MacLeod. Run­ner-up was Daniel Warby and third across the line was Lexy MacLeod.

Some 62 run­ners marched be­hind young piper Malin Lewis to the start line.

At noon, they tack­led the new mixed ter­rain course which be­gan at Dun­ve­gan Cas­tle, lead­ing to­wards an off-road trail as­cend­ing up­wards to the sum­mit of the first hill. Once at the trail, the race dropped down to join the main road and a fast down­hill 5k end­ing through Dun­ve­gan vil­lage and back to the cas­tle.

Hugh said: ‘This is the first time this course has been set and it was re­ally hard go­ing. It’s a slower course with quite an as­cent.

‘Once we hit the turn­ing point be­fore 5k we had a strong head­wind for the next mile which I prob­a­bly lost 40 sec­onds on. I was hop­ing for around 34 min­utes but, given the hillier new course and con­di­tions, I was happy with 36 min­utes.’

‘I was us­ing the race as a fit­ness in­di­ca­tor and also a bounce race for next month’s Skye Half Marathon where I will be de­fend­ing the ti­tle I won last year. I am pleased with how my prepa­ra­tions are go­ing and I am now mov­ing on to train­ing 70 miles a week for the next five weeks.’

Di­rect­ing the race for the first time was Dun­ve­gan man Gra­ham Watt. He said: ‘ We had run­ners from as far away as Brazil, Nor­way, Eng­land and the east coast of Scot­land tak­ing part. The event was to raise char­ity funds for the local com­mu­nity minibus, used by var­i­ous groups and pen­sion­ers. I am very pleased with how the event went and am con­fi­dent this can grow into a well-estab­lished run­ning event on the ath­let­ics cal­en­dars.’

The Dun­ve­gan 10K is spon­sored by Dun­ve­gan Cas­tle, Ther­apy Studio, Old School Restau­rant, Ken­nys Garage, Skye­skins, Skyetime, Brae Fasach Gallery and Café and Skye Botan­ics.

Pic­ture Sara Bain.

Hugh Camp­bell is first to cross the fin­ish line.

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