Tiree Half Marathon - Race Report

posted 20 Jun 2017, 05:39 by Enquiries campbeltownrunningclub
By Margaret Sinclair

To get to the Tiree Half Marathon I had to stay overnight in Oban for 
the early 4 and a half hour sail on Saturday morning to Gott Bay, Tiree.  The run started at 2.00pm so there was enough time to register and check in to my hotel.  Both the 10k and the half started on the very
firm sand of beautiful Soroby Bay beach.   

We ran with the 10ks to Hynish Pier round the cone and back along the way we'd come.   Then the halfers took a left turn to run across the island  on a circular route back to the beach.   All the time running with a strong side wind blowing till mile 7  then it was on my back for a mile   The only hill was a farm track about the 9th mile with the wind on my face again.

This would have been such a great run if only for the wind/gale blowing.  From mile 10 its completely flat,  I can see the other runners snaking
away in the distance for the last 3 miles until we reach the beach for the final sprint.    By this time its much colder so quickly back to the
hall to put on the layers again where there's lots of food and baking for sale in aid of the playpark.   There was a great ceilidh and prize
giving in the evening.   Met a woman who had won her age category at MOK and Puffer.   Another woman i'd met in Barra last year and a dentist who knew Gail.   

Time here was 2.02 1st in age category.