Local runners and many from further afield are once again looking forward to this year’s Harris Half Marathon which takes place on Saturday 2 July. The Harris race continues to be a very popular event in the Scottish running calendar and attracts a large number of entries from the Scottish mainland and beyond.
One of the reasons for the event’s continuing popularity of course is the scenic quality of the route, starting at Borve Lodge, meandering and undulating past the spectacular sandy beaches on the west side of the island, before climbing across a hilly stretch of rugged, rock-strewn moorland and finally descending towards the finish in the vibrant ferry port of Tarbert.
The Harris Half also occupies a special position as the last of the five island half marathons (Lewis, Benbecula, Barra, Skye and Harris) which provide the framework for the HEB 3 CHALLENGE, a race series organised by Stornoway Running and Athletics Club. The challenge is to complete at least three of the five half marathons in any one year and prizes are awarded on the basis of overall aggregate times. This is the longest running series of half marathons in Scotland, and 2016 sees the 27th event.
Also unique to the Harris race are the Harris Tweed medal ribbons – hand-sewn by Catherine Campbell at Harris Tweed Isle of Harris, one of the event’s principal sponsors. The race is also generously supported by the Harris Hotel and SeaHarris, who offer discounts on accommodation and sea trips respectively to half marathon participants.
Full registration information and additional details on the race are available on the race website, while any other queries can be emailed to race coordinator Gordon Macdonald firstname.lastname@example.org