Team Eilidh goes the distance for Barra Manchester bomb victim

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More than 80 runners took to the streets of Manchester on Sunday in memory of Barra teenager Eilidh MacLeod.

The 14-year-old was a victim of Manchester Arena attack on May 22, 2017.

Two years on from the tragic event, a team of runners, including some of Eilidh’s friends and former bandmates from Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band, signed up to support the Eilidh MacLeod Memorial Trust.

This is the first significant fundraising activity under the banner of Eilidh’s Trust since it was established in October last year.

Eilidh’s Trust trustee Iagan MacNeil models the Team Eilidh running tops.

In Manchester last weekend (May 19) 50 runners donned the Team Eilidh running top, while this weekend (May 25 and 26) will see 35 hitting the streets of the capital – including one person playing the bagpipes.

Runners are taking on a 5k, 10k or the half marathon, depending on their preference.

Money raised by the runners will assist the trust in delivering its ambition to support young musicians, reflecting Eilidh’s own love of music. It was created in her memory to provide a legacy in supporting other young people follow in her musical footsteps. She had started on her own musical journey, learning the bagpipes and growing in confidence as a performer with the Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band, which drew young pipers from across the Uists and Barra, something she loved being part of.

Eilidh’s Trust founder Suzanne White – who is running in both cities – is delighted with the response from supporters and could not wait to see Team Eilidh on the streets.

She said ahead of the Manchester run: ‘To have more than 80 people running for the trust is way beyond what we expected. We have people of all running abilities taking part and we are so grateful for their commitment to training and raising money for the trust. This is a great first set of events for Eilidh’s Trust and reinforces the support we’ve had since the outset.’

Katie MacDonald from the Isle of Barra, who played the pipes alongside Eilidh, is running the Edinburgh 10k in memory of her friend and former bandmate. She said: ‘I can’t believe it’s two years since we lost Eilidh so tragically, but running in her memory and raising money for her legacy is really important to me, which is why I jumped at the chance of running the Edinburgh 10k.’