6 Sep

Linda Norgrove 10K Set For Second Year

Valtos 10K

Following the success of last year's event, the second annual Linda Norgrove Valtos Peninsula 10K will be held next month. The event takes place in Uig on the Isle of Lewis, but people around the world can can join in by running or walking 10k wherever they are at 12pm (BST) on Saturday 6 October.

Linda Norgrove 10k runners in Antarctica.

Last year saw people from as far away as Canada, Saudi Arabia, and Antarctica (pictured) running the distance. Those taking part further afield can register online and receive a race T-shirt to wear whilst doing so. Organisers encourage participants to send pictures of themselves doing this to the Linda Norgrove Foundation so they can be uploaded to the organisation's Facebook page.

The Uig event starts at Reef machair and has an undulating course run alongside six miles of untouched sandy beaches. The emphasis isn't on racing or fitness levels, so participants can run or walk the 10k as they see fit.

Race organisers Tony and Kirsty Wade said: "We were very keen to repeat the event in Uig as last year had such a good turnout - despite the rain! The Valtos Peninsula provides the perfect backdrop and it's a route that can be run or walked with all the family. It's by no means the flattest part of Lewis but it is certainly one of the most scenic."

The race aims to raise funds for the Linda Norgrove Foundation, which is a grant-giving trust that funds education, health and childcare for women and children affected by the war in Afghanistan. The trust was set up in memory of Scottish aid worker, Linda Norgrove, who was kidnapped and subsequently died during a failed rescue attempt in Afghanistan in October 2010.

Entry for the event costs £10 and T-shirts will be available shortly at £10. 'Long Distance Entry' is £20 including t-shirt and UK postage. For more information visit the Linda Norgrove Foundation website or email support@lindanorgrovefoundation.org.


  1. Assadullah Bismil said...

    I have been with DAI Afghanistan for 4years and 8 months and during my work which i was in the project where Johanathan Greeham was the COP and Mark Birnbaum was the Directore of Operation, we had a very good and inviroment of work had the a positive out put of the porjects. As Linda Norgrove joing the IDEA NEW project so i felt that there will more positive changes unfotunatelly our luck didn't let her to stay with us for longer. I wish that if DAI have more projects in Afghanistan to servie for AFghan and we need to have Directors as Mark & Jonaghan. thanks/Assadullah Bismil