25th May 2019

The Stornoway Half marathon is a popular island race that has been taking place annually since 1984, making 2019 the 36th edition. The Stornoway 10k was added to the event in 2010 and has also proved very popular since. The route is an exciting mix of road and trail, firstly taking runners on a tour of greater Stornoway then onto the beautiful forest trails of the Lews Castle Grounds. Don’t worry the trails are very runnable and suitable for road shoes! The Half Marathon starts and both races finish right in the heart of the town centre on the inner harbour next to the marina which is always full of cheering fans and a great atmosphere.

Post-race you will experience island hospitality at its best with a large post-race buffet and epic Ceilidh in the evening to dance away the night, always great craic and a friendly warm welcome for all!

Stornoway in situated on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, which is renowned for it beautiful scenery and stunning beaches click here to find out about all the things to see and do during your stay on our amazing island!

Stornoway Half marathon
Early Bird entries untill January 31st
Standard entry £22.00
Affiliated entry £20.00 (must provide Scottish Athletics registration number)

From 1st February
Standard entry £27.00
Affiliated entry £25.00

10K
Standard entry £14.00
Affiliated entry £12.00

Enter here – https://www.entrycentral.com/stornoway

Entries close May 19th

NO ENTRIES WILL BE AVAILABLE THE NIGHT BEFORE THE RACE OR ON RACE DAY

2019 Half Marathon prize categories

Male 
1st, 2nd and 3rd
1st, 2nd and 3rd Vet 40
1st Vet 50
1st Vet 60
1st Vet 70
1st, 2nd and 3rd Local
Winning team

Female
1st, 2nd and 3rd
1st, 2nd and 3rd Vet 40
1st Vet 50
1st Vet 60
1st Vet 70
1st, 2nd and 3rd Local
Winning team

2019 10k prize categories

Male
1st, 2nd and 3rd
1st Vet 40
1st Local

Female
1st, 2nd and 3rd
1st Vet 40
1st Local


NOTES:
Team prizes decided by the combined times of the first 3 runners from each team.

Only one prize will be awarded per runner, e.g. if a V40 runner finishes 2nd overall they will be awarded the 2nd place trophy and the first V40 outside the top three will receive the V40 prize.

Veteran runners will receive the awards in their own category only, so even if a V50 finishes ahead of a V40 they will receive the V50 trophy.

The only exceptions to this are the local prizes and the team prizes which will be awarded to runners even if they have won another category prize.

The race starts adjacent to Stornoway’s inner harbour marina and then moves out of the town centre to Matheson Road before following the Newton Basin sea front onto Lower Sandwick shore (2.5miles).

From Sandwick shore the route passes through Sandwick Cross to North St Sandwick and onto Melbost Farm; where the open expansive view of Broad Bay takes runners onto Steinish village (4miles).

The final two miles on the town’s tarmac takes runners to the entrance of the Lews Castle Grounds. This section of approximately 5miles takes runners through the Willow Glen rising to the routes highest point at 8miles. This is followed by a fast section leading to the Lews Castle.

The final 2.5miles in the castle grounds takes the runners down the River Creed and along the shore road opposite Stornoway harbour. When exiting the castle grounds the glory run to the finish on the inner harbour leaves the runners with approx 1k to go with the lift of spectators to carry you over the finish line!

Please Note
The route is a mix of tarmac roads and gravel trails. The trails are used extensively by local runners and are suitable for road shoes. So, no need to pack your trail shoes! The route however is not ideal for wheel chairs.

Water Stations
Will be at approximately 3miles, 6miles, 9miles & 11miles

Route video
Click here to see the front runner cam from the 2016 half marathon – Stornoway Half Marathon front runner cam

Elevation chart

The race starts on Bayhead Street next to the Bridge Centre, about quarter of mile from the half marathon start. After a short run along Bayhead street the race enters the Lews Castle Grounds through the Porters Lodge archway. Here the 10k merges with the half marathon route.

The route takes runners passed Lews Castle, down the River Creed, and along the shore front with views towards Stornoway harbour. The finish line is the same as the half marathon on the inner harbour.

Please Note
The route is a mix of tarmac roads and gravel trails. The trails are used extensively by local runners and are suitable for road shoes. So, no need to pack your trail shoes! The route however is not ideal for wheel chairs.

Water Stations
There will be two stations on the route at the 9miles & 11miles markers in the half marathon.

Registration details to be confirmed.

There will be no on the day or Friday night entries for the half marathon or 10k. Entries must be made by the online deadline.

Half Marathon start

The Half Marathon will start at 10:00am near the Lifeboat Station on the Inner Harbour. Runners should be at the start line by 9.45 at the latest for the race briefing.

All races finish on the quay near the lifeboat station.

10k start

The 10K will start at 10.50am near the Bridge Centre on Bayhead Street, approx 400m from the Inner Harbour Start/finish area. Runners should assemble at the Bayhead Bridge Centre by 10.40am.

All races finish on the quay near the lifeboat station.

Buffet and prize giving

Location and time to be confirmed

Make sure you get your tickets for the epic post race evening Ceilidh!

Details to be confirmed soon. 

Stornoway Half Marathon records

Male: Adam Eyrie-Walker (HBT) 1:08:57 (1990)
Female: Jane Robertson (Ayr Seaforth) 1:21:00 (1990).

Half Marathon current course records

Male: William Macrury (Stornoway) 1:13:17 (2016)
Female: Alanna Goddard (Stornoway) 1:26:56 (2016)

10k current course records

Male: Connor Maclean (Stornoway) 33:37 (2016)
Female: Laura Ross 39:41 (2016)

Half Marathon Results

Stornoway Half Marathon results 2018
Stornoway Half Marathon results 2017
Stornoway Half Marathon Results 2016
Stornoway Half Marathon Results 2015
Stornoway Half Marathon Results 2014
Stornoway Half Marathon Results 2013
Stornoway Half Marathon Results 2012
Stornoway Half Marathon Results 2011
Stornoway Half Marathon Results 2010
Stornoway Half Marathon Results 2009
Stornoway Half Marathon Results 2008
Stornoway Half Marathon Results 2007
Stornoway Half Marathon Results 2006
Stornoway Half Marathon Results 2005
Stornoway Half Marathon Results 2004
Stornoway Half Marathon Results 2003
Stornoway Half Marathon Results 2002
Stornoway Half Marathon Results 2001
Stornoway Half Marathon Results 2000
Stornoway Half Marathon Results 1999
Stornoway Half Marathon Results 1998
Stornoway Half Marathon Results 1997
Stornoway Half Marathon Results 1996
Stornoway Half Marathon Results 1995
Stornoway Half Marathon Results 1994
Stornoway Half Marathon Results 1993
Stornoway Half Marathon Results 1992
Stornoway Half Marathon Results 1991
Stornoway Half Marathon Results 1990

10 Results

Stornoway 10k results 2018
Stornoway 10k results 2017
Stornoway 10k results 2016

Ferry 

If you plan to travel to Stornoway by ferry you need to arrive on the Friday at latest to make the Saturday 10am race start. You can travel from Ullapool to Stornoway or Uig (Skye) to Tarbert (Harris).

Book ferry travel here – https://www.calmac.co.uk/

Also use CalMac’s new public transport journey planner to plan your trip to the island – CalMac Journey Planner

Runners travelling to the island via the Ullapool to Stornoway ferry can either take the bus to Ullapool or drive and leave their cars there. Travelling as a foot passenger is fine if you don’t plan to travel outside of town. Registration, race start and most accommodation in the town will be no more than a 10 minute walk. If you plan to take your car to the island we would recommend booking well in advance. 

It is possible to catch the afternoon ferry from Stornoway to Ullapool on Saturday after the race, but we would recommend staying until Sunday to enjoy the post race hospitality and evening ceilidh!

If you take the Uig to Tarbert ferry it is an approx. 45 minute drive to Stornoway. 

Air

There are multiple daily direct flights from Inverness, Glasgow and Edinburgh to Stornoway with Loganair.

Book here – https://www.loganair.co.uk/

Accomodation

We would also recommend booking somewhere to stay well in advance as accomodation in Stornoway can often be hard to find at short notice. Here are some places to look:

https://www.visitouterhebrides.co.uk/accommodation

https://www.airbnb.co.uk/

http://www.hebhostel.com/

http://www.laxdaleholidaypark.com/

Sign up here!

 

For further info, please email half@srac.org.uk 

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Drone footage of the start and finish area in Stornoway