14 Dec

Entries open for UK's most northerly half marathon

Just 100 entries have been made available for Shetland AAC’s Simmer Dim Half Marathon (Sunday, 16 June 2019), the UK’s most northerly 13.1 miler. 

Although the race is held during the day, its name refers to the time between the Shetland sunset and sunrise in midsummer, when it’s never really dark. 
 
And if travelling to the furthest part of the UK and taking on its most northerly half-marathon isn’t enough for some keen runners, those who plan their travel carefully can also take part in the UK’s most northerly parkrun on the same weekend.
 
The Bressay parkrun is held every Saturday morning on the small island of Bressay, only a very friendly seven-minute ferry trip – with all your fellow runners, volunteers and spectators – from the centre of Lerwick. 
 
One runner who did the Shetland double last year told runABC Scotland online: “The Simmer Dim Half was one of the friendliest races I’ve ever participated in. Doing Bressay parkrun the day before meant that I already felt I knew some of the runners by Sunday!”
 
The Simmer Dim Half Marathon is a point-to point race, starting from Cunningsburgh, a small coastal village around nine miles south of Lerwick on Shetland’s mainland. The route is mainly on road – but is unsuitable for wheelchairs, pets or buggies – and finishes on the athletics track in Lerwick. A detailed course map will be posted on the event’s Facebook page closer to the event. 
 
Trophies will be awarded to the first-placed male and female seniors and veterans; medals will be awarded to first, second and third placed seniors and all veteran categories. There will also be a trophy for the winning men’s and women’s teams. Teams may be composed of a mix of three senior and veteran runners, with the first two runners’ times counting. 
 
Entries will be available on EntryCentral until Friday, 24 May, or until they sell out. Transfers will be permitted until Saturday, 1 June. 
 
Image: 2016 Simmer Dim (Kevin Jones)