1 Jul

Ray Wards Off Competition To Bag Barrathon


The Isle of Barra played host to the annual Barrathon on Sunday (29 June) with 241 completing the course. The clockwise route saw participants running into the wind on the west side of Barra but this changed to a gentle push as they raced up Heaval on the east side.

Edinburgh club Hunters Bog Trotters won the majority of prizes at the event.  HBT's Ray Ward crossed the finish line first in 1:18:28, with HBT's Eilis McKechanie coming in as first female in 1:27:12.  The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd team prizes went to 'HBT Had Better Times', 'HBT Hunky Barra Trio', and 'HBT Heb Three'.

First local to complete the race was Kenny McIntosh in 1:46:22, with the first local female Mary Catherine Macdougall in 1:52:12. The Fun Run saw Alasdair Elder finish first to match the course record that he set last year. The Junior Fun Run had two records broken: the number of runners and the course record.  There were 65 runners with 15 of them under 5. The youngest were allowed a 'little' help from their mums and dads. Cameron Galbraith set a new course record shaving a couple of seconds off the previous record that had stood for three years.

Murdo McLean said afterwards: “Great event! One of the most beautiful places imaginable for a race. This completes my set of Heb 5 races over the years and was a great one to end on. I intend to be back!”

For full results, go to our race listings page.