Rain fails to dampen spirits at Skye Half Marathon

Runners at the start of the 2022 Skye Half Marathon.

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Skye and Lochalsh Running Club once again made a strong showing at the Skye Half Marathon hosted by Skye Events on Saturday June 11 in Portree.

Battling against winds gusting up to 45mph, there was a brief pause in the rain deluge for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch MSP Kate Forbes to start off the half marathon and 1.6mile fun run.

Running on closed roads with an army of marshals out in force, challenging conditions didn’t deter good times from those used to running in this sometimes unforgiving climate and terrain.

Skye and Lochalsh Running Club was competing against a national and international field of just under 400 runners from as far away as Canada and with more than 50 other running clubs entered into the race it was a strong field.

Gordon Lennox came in first for the men with a time of 1:13:36, closely followed by Mark MacDonald who, as a newcomer to running, is building himself a popular reputation and with a time of 1:14:24 is clearly one to watch.

It was perhaps no surprise that Sarah Attwood, a formidable athlete, came in first for the women on her home turf with a time of 1:26:37.

This year Skye Events was also pleased to be hosting the North Coast Half Marathon

Organisers were also delighted, given conditions on the day, to have 120 fun runners aged five years and upwards entering into the spirit of the race.

Swift times from the winners barely gave organisers time to set up the timing mat at the finish line with the fastest over the course Ruirde Preston storming home in 11:05.

The Skye Half Marathon has been a sporting fixture on the island since 1984 and has grown in popularity along with Skye’s reputation around the world for tourism and hospitality. The race sets high standards for sustainability, working alongside its long time sponsors Scottish Salmon Company.

It includes the eradication of single use plastics, sustainable medals designed and produced by Portree High School pupils, environmentally friendly merchandise and the option for runners to donate to plant a tree as a carbon off-setting initiative.

This year’s profits from the day, £5,000, will be split between charitable and voluntary groups including Skye and Lochalsh Cancer Care and Citizens Advice Bureau.

Fiona Baker, Skye Events project manager, said: ‘The race was a huge success, despite the deluge of rain and testing conditions for runners and all our amazing volunteers.

‘We were delighted to welcome Kate Forbes to start the race and appreciate the support once again of The Scottish Salmon Company. This year has been all about recovery from the pandemic and getting back to race events.

‘And perhaps more important, it’s been about Skye Events supporting local charities and voluntary groups who have had such a difficult time with Covid.’

2022 Skye Half Marathon Results: 1st Male, Gordon Lennox 1.13.36; 2, Mark MacDonald 1.14.24; 3, Andrew Grieve 1.18.38. 1st Male aged 40-49: Craig Jones 1.21.54. 1st Male aged 50-59: Donnie Nicolson 1.27.17. 1st Male aged 60+: Terence Coyle 1.32.42. 1st Female, Sarah Attwood 1.26.37; 2, Alix Wrighton 1.36.40; 3, Vanessa Ratgen 1.38.43. 1st Female aged 35-44, Julie Black 1.40.41. 1st Female aged 45-54, Marianne Wilson 1.42.21. 1st Female aged 55+, Susan Beattie 1.57.15. 1st Sky Male, Mark MacConald 1.14.24. 1st Skye Female, Sarah Attwood 1.26.37. 1st Skye U21 Male, Alex Jamieson 1.28.59. 1st Skye U21 Female, Emily Matheson 1.43.54. 1st Oldest Skye Resident, Morag MacDonald 2.11.35. 1st Male Team, Skye and Lochalsh Running Club (Mark MacDonald, Ben Nicolson and Donnie Nicolson). 1st Female Team, Skye and Lochalsh Running Club (Sarah Attwood, Ruth Gordon and Rachel Shaw). Youngest Finisher: Alex Jamieson.

2022 Fun Run Results: Aged 5-7 1st Boy aged 5-7, Eoghann Shaw 15.01; 1st Girl, Elsa Martin 19.39. Aged 8-11 1st Boy, Thomas Luke 12.24; 1st Girl, Ella Collins 13.15. Ages 12-16 1st Boy, Ruirde Preston 11.05; 1st Girl, Bronte Kantella 13.49.


NO_F25_SkyeHalfMarathon_Skye Half Start: Runners at the start of the 2022 Skye Half Marathon.

NO_F25_SkyeHalfMarathon_First Male Gordon Lennox: First Male, Gordon Lennox.

NO_F25_SkyeHalfMarathon_First Female Sarah Attwood: First Female, Sarah Attwood.

NO_F25_SkyeHalfMarathon_Youngest Finisher and winning male Under 21: Youngest finisher and U21 Male winner, Alex Jamieson.

NO_F25_SkyeHalfMarathon_Winner Oldest Skye Resident: Oldest Skye Resident winner, Morag MacDonald.

NO_F25_SkyeHalfMarathon_Skye Ladies Run: Skye Ladies get set for the start of their race.

NO_F25_SkyeHalfMarathon_Male Winning Team Skye & Lochalsh: Skye and Lochalsh Running Club men’s team collect their prizes.

NO_F25_SkyeHalfMarathon_Kates Forbes IOS Pipe Band: Kate Forbes MSP with the Isle of Skye Pipe Band.

NO_F25_SkyeHalfMarathon_Kate Forbes SSC David Taylor: Kate Forbes MSP inspects the silverware with SCC David Taylor.

NO_F25_SkyeHalfMarathon_Fun Runners: Fun runners enter into the spirit of things.