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Skye Half Marathon Race Report, Saturday 8th June 2013

Roddy, Hamish, Colin and Jim in good spirits just seconds before the start.
Roddy, Hamish, Colin and Jim in good spirits just seconds before the start.

SRAC sent a team to the Skye half marathon on Saturday, headed by Andy King with two wins in the HEB 3 already. The Skye race attracts nearly 400 runners, with winning times usually faster than either of the two previous half marathons in Stornoway and Benbecula.

This was the 30th running of the Skye half marathon, and there were four runners who had run all of them. Also running was Simon Axon who had won eight times and still holds the record.

It was  hot and sunny throughout the race, as is often the case in Skye. The early leader was Hugh Campbell of Skye, who eventually won the race. Andy King was running in fifth and gradually worked his way up to finish third in 1.17 minutes behind Keith Hood of Corstorphine AAC (A previous winner of Stornoway and Harris half marathons). Andy had in mind his forthcoming entry in the World Island Games in Bermuda, and didn’t push too hard, but gave himself an excellent training run in hot conditions. His time puts him in pole position to win this years HEB  3 series, with only Barra and Harris still to run (and he is unable to run Barra because of the World Island Games).

SRAC won second team prize, with Roddy Gillies and Alan Inglis making up the team with Andy. Other SRAC runners were Davie Chisholm, Hamish Budge, Gerry Connelly, Iain Maclean, Norman Ferguson, Jim Bruce and Colin Tucker, most of whom are attempting to run all five half marathons in the HEB 3 series.

There was only one SRAC junior at the event, Ishbel Inglis who finished an excellent second female overall in the fun run.

The next races in the HEB3 series are Barra (29th June) and Harris (6th July).