A total of 214 runners took part in this year’s 'Barrathon' half marathon. Thanks to an extra sailing laid on by CalMac in the early hours of last Saturday morning, many participants were able to make the race. The winner, for the second year in a row, was Ray Ward of HB Team in a time of 1:17:12. Second was Johnny Lawson of Uist Road Runners (1:17:37); and third was Douglas Tullie of HB Team (1:19:46). The first woman to finish was Megan Mowbray of ‘Had Better Days’, who finished 17th overall in a time of 1:30:14. Second was Eilis McKechnie (1:30:14) and third was Claire Ward of HB Team (1:32:16). The youngest competitor to finish was 17-year-old Alasdair Elder who completed the circuit of Barra in 1:47:32. Weather conditions were fair, with a tail wind helping runners for the first half of the course, although they had to battle a head wind on the much hillier east side of the island. Following a sumptuous seafood buffet, those runners willing and able were entertained by the infamous Vatersay Boys at the annual Barrathon ceilidh, the proceeds of which will be donated to Macmillan Cancer and other local charities. As well as the Barrathon, a fun run and junior fun run were also held.