At last the 2018 Skye Half Marathon has been given the green light to go ahead and confirm next year’s race will take place on Saturday 9 June. Race organisers Skye Events have faced several challenges in trying to run next year’s event due to the increasing tourist traffic on Skye roads in the summer months combined with the number of entrants now hitting 1000.
In order for the race to be given the go ahead organisers have had to secure a full road closure on the A87. And so that the closure can be cleared as quickly as possible and provides the least disruption the route will be the same as previous years but excitingly run in reverse.
Speaking of the change in reversing the route five-time race winner Hugh Campbell commented: “I am delighted to hear that the traditional date for the half marathon has been maintained on what is a highlight for many runners in their sporting calendar.
“I have run the course in both directions and the reverse route removes the unpleasant long drag section from the Kensalyre turn to the top of Drumuie. This will now be a fast downhill section which should make the race more appealing to both serious and recreational runners alike.”
Race director Mark Crowe added: “The race has increased in size exponentially over the last five years, whilst Skye’s popularity as a tourist destination has also risen dramatically.
“With a full road closure for the event the race will now be much safer for participants and reversing the course will add an exciting new challenge for runners in 2018. I would like to thank all the agencies involved for their positive contributions to securing the 2018 race.”