Record field for Skye half marathon

A record 600 runners will set off from Portree this Saturday to take part in the annual Skye Half Marathon.

For the first time in its history the race is closed to more entries — but last year’s winner, local favourite Hugh Campbell, is again in the field and aiming for a fifth title.

As an added incentive this year there is a £600 prize on offer for anyone who can beat the course record of one hour, 11 minutes and six seconds set by Campbell last year.

There are several high-quality athletes in the field capable of running times close to the one hour 10-minute mark which would put them in with a chance of race glory.

Among the entries are four runners who have competed at every Skye Half Marathon, and they will line up for a 32nd year.

Local groups and organisations have pledged their help on the day.

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The event is in its 32nd year

The charity Lucky2bHere will be working in partnership with the race, and will have defibrillators available on the course as an added safety measure. Lucky2bHere have also provided this year’s race t-shirt.

The Co-op have donated 3,600 bottles of water for the race, and Inside Out will be providing prize vouchers. Free food for competitors after the race will be provided by local hotels, businesses and volunteers. The Rotary, Skye Camanachd, Portree FC, Brownies, Rainbows and Cubs will help with stewarding — and each club will receive a donation for their help. Over £1,000 goes back to good causes.

The half marathon starts at 10.30am — see race website www.skyehalfmarathon.com for further information.

A shorter three-kilometre fun run starts at 10.35am, and is open to all from age five upwards. Those under eight must be accompanied by an adult.

Motorists are urged to take care and allow runners a safe passage around the route, and shoud note that there will be delays between 10.20am and 10.40am around Portree High School and along the Portree-Struan road.

There will be over a dozen stalls at the race start at the high school, as organisers aim for a carnival atmosphere for one of the area’s foremost sporting events.

Anyone who can donate or help out on the day should contact Scott Milne at Portree High School on 01478 614825.

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Look out for costumed runners this weekend