Almost 900 runners are expected to head to the Inner Hebrides on Saturday (June 10) for one of the UK’s most scenic and friendliest races – the Skye Half Marathon. The race has established a reputation as the ‘hidden gem’ of the Scottish running calendar.
Those taking part will take on a challenging course set on a spectacular backdrop. The race begins and finishes at Portree, the island's capital, surrounded by stunning views of Ben Tianavaig, The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Raasay and the breathtaking Cuillin mountain range.
Last year the winner of the men’s race was Hugh Campbell of Skye Lochalsh Running Club with a time of 1:12:48. The fastest woman was Ellie Buchan from Aberdeen Athletics in 1:28:12. The midpoint runner was Alice Peasley in 1:59:16.
There will be a jackpot of £600 for the first person to break the course records. If one record is broken the individual gets the £600 and if both are broken it is shared £300 each. The men’s record was set in 2014 by Hugh Campbell (Lucky2Bhere) with a time of 1:11:06, while the women’s fastest time of 1:23:34 was clocked by Rachel Haines (Hunters Bog Trotters) in 2015.
All finishers receive a memento of the race and there will be plenty of refreshments available courtesy of the local running club and local businesses. There is also a good range of prizes for runners who place.
Further information is available on the Skye Half Marathon website.