The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Run­ners still put the miles un­der their feet

- BY MICHELLE HEN­DER­SON Sports · Running · Infectious Diseases · Athletics · Health Conditions · Portree

Run­ners in Skye have raised more than £13,500 by com­plet­ing a half marathon.

The Skye Half Marathon was due to take place last week­end but, due to the pan­demic, has been post­poned un­til Oc­to­ber 31.

With or­gan­iser Skye Events push­ing a month-long ini­tia­tive to raise money for Skye Com­mu­nity Re­sponse, many par­tic­i­pants de­cided to com­plete their own run for the cause on race day.

Amy Macnab, from Portree, com­pleted her first half marathon in June 2016 and said run­ning has been

“A nod to a week­end that should have been”

her “san­ity ” dur­ing lock­down. The 35-yearold said: “Grow­ing up on Skye meant that the half marathon week­end was al­ways mem­o­rable.

“I hadn’t done any kind of planned train­ing for the half, know­ing early on that it wouldn’t be tak­ing place. But with my usual six runs a week I de­cided to give the route a whirl at the week­end and see how I got on. It was re­ally just a nice wee nod to the week­end that should have been.”

Skye Events is work­ing to raise money for Skye Com­mu­nity Re­sponse, a vol­un­teer group sup­port­ing res­i­dents dur­ing the pan­demic.

A to­tal of 112 teams have now com­pleted more than 45,000 miles, rais­ing more than £13,500. Sam Crowe, race or­gan­iser for Skye Events, said: “The scheme been a re­ally huge suc­cess on the is­land.”

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