Saturday 26th May 2018

Half Marathon Route

Stornoway 2018’s route will be the same as the previous year’s ‘new’ route! It combines many of the fastest sections of past courses as well as including the scenic trails and avenues of the Lews Castle Grounds.

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

The route from Lower Sandwick shore through Sandwick Cross to North St Sandwick reunites the well acquainted Stornoway half runner to Melbost Farm; where the open expansive view of Broad Bay takes runners onto Steinish village (5m and last used in the race prior to 2000!).

The final two miles on the town’s tarmac then take 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 8m. This is followed by a fast section leading to the Lews Castle.

The final 2.5m in the grounds takes the runners along the River Creed and the shore road opposite Stornoway harbour. When exiting the 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 remains 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 3m, 6m, 8.5m & 10.5m

Half Marathon Elevation

10K Route

From the start in the area of the Bridge Centre the route will go along Bayhead Street and enter the Lews Castle Grounds through the arch of Porters Lodge. Thereafter it will follow the same route as the half marathon.


Stornoway Half marathon
Early Bird entries – till January 31st
Affiliated £19.00 (must provide Scottish Athletics registration number) – Unaffiliated £ 21.00

Thereafter, affiliated £24.00  –  unaffiliated £26.00.
Entries close May 12th

Affiliated £12.00  –  unaffiliated £14.00,
Entries close May 12th



Registration will be held at Stornoway Sea Angling Club on Friday evening between 5pm and 9pm.  You will collect your race number at registration, but you can also buy an event tee-shirt and buy a ticket for the post run ceilidh dance there.  Ceilidh tickets are £5, with all proceeds going to our nominated charity – Alzheimer Scotland – Western Isles. (You can pick up information about the Charity at registration too.)

(The Stornoway Sea Angling Club is very close to the ferry terminal and a 5/10 min walk from the race start/finish line.)

There will be no on the day or Friday night entries for the half marathon or 10k.


Race Day

The Half Marathon will start at 10:00am near the Lifeboat Station on the Inner Harbour.

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 / warm-up at the Bayhead play-park at 10.40am.

The Family Fun Run (approx 2 miles) at 10.05 near the Lifeboat Station on the Inner Harbour.

All races finish on the quay near the lifeboat station

Course Records

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

Presentation and Prizes

Presentation of Half Marathon & 10K Race Prizes
Will take place at approximately 1pm, light snacks and refreshments will be served.

Presentation of Fun Run Race Prizes
Will take place near the finish line from 10.50.

2018 Half Marathon Categories:

Male                                                    Female

1st, 2nd and 3rd                                   1st, 2nd and 3rd

1st, 2nd and 3rd Vet 40                        1st, 2nd and 3rd Vet 35

1st Vet 50                                            1st Vet 45

1st Vet 60                                            1st Vet 55

1st, 2nd and 3rd Local                          1st, 2nd and 3rd Local

Winning teams (Team prizes decided by the combined times of the first 3 runners from each team).

Halfway prize

Male                                                    Female

1st, 2nd and 3rd                                   1st, 2nd and 3rd

1st Vet 40                                            1st, Vet 35

1st Local                                              1st Local

Winning team (best combined time of the first 3 runners from the team regardless of gender)

Please note 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 V45 finishes ahead of a V35 they will receive the V45 trophy.

The only exception to this will be the local prizes which will be awarded even if they have won another category prize.

Front runner cam from Stornoway Half Marathon 2016

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday 26th May 2018

For further info, please email