Community comes together for marathon fundraiser

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More than 400 runners from all over the world are gearing up to take part in the Road to the Isles Half Marathon.

The race will be held on Saturday April 29, with all the money raised being donated to Mallaig Pool and Leisure Centre refurbishment fund, which aims to raise £1.1 million.

In addition to the half marathon, people can take part in a 10k and 5k run and a ‘Walk on the Wild Side’.

There are currently more than 430 participants signed up for the events with participants coming from as far afield as Devon and Cornwall, Paris and Missouri in America.

The Mallaig Pool and Leisure Centre fund is currently sitting at more than £309,000.

A spokesperson for the half marathon told the Lochaber Times: ‘The community is pulling together. Cameron Macintosh has donated a giant paella pan that feeds 250, Duncan Chisholm from La Tortilla in Inverness has offered to cook the paella and Arisaig born Iain Stewart, the fishmonger, is donating seafood for paella.

‘The McCarthy’s from Mallaig Bakehouse are donating granola energy bars for participants and Lochaber Yoga is giving free post-race yoga classes.

‘Arisaig House and Traigh Golf Course are kindly letting us start the races at their properties, Shiel Buses is donating a bus and driver to transport participants to the start line and the Co-op in Mallaig is donating water, sweets and fruit for participants as well as sending over staff to help give out medals and goodie bags.’

The Walk on the Wild Side starts at 10am, the half marathon at noon at Arisaig House, the 10k at Traigh Beach at 1pm and the 5k at Loch Morar from 1.30pm.