Stornoway Running and Athletics Club

Rhenigidale Hill Race 2019 results

The 8th annual Rhenigidale Hill Race took place today on a beautiful dry and sunny day in Harris. The run is a very lumpy out and back 12km route from Urgha to Rhenigidale along the Postman’s trail with over 800 metres of climbing. Andrew Reeve took the men’s title taming the course in the second fasted time ever recorded, Finty Royle was first lady just 10 seconds outside the female course record. Well done to all that took part especially the first timers!! Big thanks to Stuart Simpson for making the trip back up to the island to organise the race, the Hebrides Mountain Rescue team for providing support on the route and Gerry for marshalling!

Race results

1 Andrew Reeve MS Scalpay Hill Runners 01:06:45 1st Male
2 John Hamilton MS Ranish Hill Runners 01:10:24
3 Norman Ferguson MS SRAC 01:12:32
4 Alexis Laberine MS Clermont Ferrand 01:13:04
5 Charles Knoery MS Highland Hill Runners 01:16:55
6 Alan Smith MV Deeside Runners 01:18:27
7 Anesti Davenhill MV Ness Hill Runners 01:26:00
8 Finty Royle FS Chorley ATC 01:26:40 1st Female
9 Nigel Royle MV Glasgow 01:29:41
10 Geordie Taylor MV Highland Hill Runners 01:30:30
11 Lina Dayne FV 01:31:19
12 Jon Royle MV Red Rose RR 01:38:21
13 Valerie Hamilton FV Ranish Hill Runners 01:51:57
14 Ella Corrick FS Ness Hill Runners 01:54:52
15 Stephan Smit MV SRAC 01:55:38
16 Janice Mackay FV Stornoway 01:59:02
17 Neil Macrury MV SRAC 02:06:01
Isobel Oakley FS Ness Hill Runners DNF


First lady Finty holding female winners stuffed trophy ‘Stormy’


First man Andrew Reeve cresting the big climb just after the zig zags on the way back to Urgha

Rhenigidale Hill Race

The annual Rhenigidale hill race will be earlier this year taking place on Saturday 11th May, race organiser Stuart Simpson has confirmed. The race will start at 1pm, runners should meet to register by 12.30pm in the car park at the start of the Urgha to Rhenigidale trail. It is an out and back route to Rhenigidale along the ‘Postman’s trail’. The distance is approx 7.5 miles (12kms), and there is over 800 metres of climbing.

The start point and route – https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/outer-hebrides/urgha-rhenigidale.shtml

Cat A/Medium Hill race, so runners required to carry full body cover. Over18s only

Contact details:Stuart Simpson 07774398719/stuartsimpson06@aol.com

Pentland Road Races 2019

What a great night we had on Friday for the 2019 Macleod & Macleod Pentland Road races, the sun was shining and there was no rain and little wind speak of. Both races had filled up two weeks prior to race day and there was a brilliant turnout on the night, 75 finishers in the 10k and 36 in the 5k. The good weather made for some fast running too with PBs all over the place! In the 10k there was a great battle between the men, with a front bunch of five forming and lasting for 5kms until John Hamilton and Robbie Idle showed great strength to pull away, it was a close finish but John just edged out Robbie for the win. Murdo Alex Mackenzie was then third over the line winning the battle of the SRAC lads, first vet was Jonny Pritchard with another fine performance to finish fifth overall. In the ladies race Katie Mackinnon had a really strong run finishing in just over 40min nearly a minute ahead of Marina Murray in second, with Martha Hamilton collecting another prize for the Hamilton family in third! Rachel MacDonald has a great run to finish first female vet and fifth female overall.

The 5k saw lots of rapid times too with the junior SRAC endurance squad dominating the prizes. Sam Greenslade and David Morrison were one and two with Sam just winning in a sprint finish in 17:31, David was two seconds behind. Nine seconds later Daniel Stewart finished third, great to see the boys all pushing each other to quick times! In the girls/ladies race Rachel Murray had a stormer to finish in 19:19, which is made even more amazing by the fact she is only 14 years old! Sophie Graham and Charlie Healey also both had really strong runs finishing second and third just one place apart overall.

A huge thanks to everyone that volunteered to be marshals, time keepers and the results team on the night (the results were online before anyone had even left the golf club, great work Peter!) it was greatly appreciated. Huge thanks to Macleod & Macleod Butchers for sponsoring the race again and suppling the amazing burgers and sausages for after the race, also thanks to the Golf Club for once again hosting us!

Pentland 10k 2019 Results
Pentland 5k 2019 Results

10K female prize winners

(Marina Murray 2nd, Katie Mackinnon 1st, Martha Hamilton 3rd, Rachel MacDonald 1st F40)

10k Male prize winners

(Robbie Idle 2nd, John Hamilton 1st, Murdo Mackenzie 3rd, Jonny Pritchard 1st M40)

5k Female prize winners

(Rachel Murray 1st, Sophie Graham 2nd, Charlie Healey 3rd)

5k Male prize winners

(Sam Greenslade 1st, David Morrison 2nd, Daniel Stewart 3rd)

Pentland Road 5K & 10K final details

Here are hopefully all the details you need for race day, please read them carefully and remember the bus boarding time for your race:

– You can pick up your race number from 5pm in the main lounge of Stornoway Golf Club. Please pin the race number to your front and make sure it is visible at all times and not obscured by jackets or any other clothing while you are running, especially when approaching the finish line.
– Please don’t take your car to the Golf Club car park as parking is very limited there and we need plenty space for the buses. Please park elsewhere and walk/run to registration.
– There will be a short race briefing in the Golf Club main lounge at 5.40pm for the 10K and 6.20pm for the 5K.
– Everyone will be bused to the start of the race please don’t take your car to the start of the race. The buses for the 10K will leave the Golf Club car park at 5.50pm, and the 5k bus will leave there at 6.30pm.
– Board the bus ready to run, you can leave kit at the Golf Club, please don’t leave any kit on the buses. Also remember there will be no toilets at the start line, there are toilets in the Golf Club.
– The 10K will start at 6.15pm, the 5K will start at 6.45pm.
– After the race we will have food and drinks back in the main lounge of the Golf Club, please show your race number to claim yours. All runners are entitled to one free burger or sausage roll and one free drink from the bar – alcoholic or not!
– The prize giving will take place in the lounge as soon as everyone is finished and results have been finalised.

Please note no headphones should be worn during the race in accordance with our Scottish Athletics race licence and UK Athletics rule 240 S 5 – “The wearing of headphones, or similar devices, (other than those medically prescribed), is not permitted in races on any single carriageway road that is not wholly closed to traffic.” You need to be able to hear traffic and the instructions of the race marshals at road crossings.

All the best and see you Friday!

What’s on?

30/11/19 – Bingo fundraiser!

30/11/19 – North Lewis (Ness) 5k and 10k

07/12/19 – North District XC Champs

21/12/19 – SRAC Xmas Handicap (Wacky Race 3)

31/12/19 – Flett Trek

18/01/20 – Lewis & Harris XC Race 3

18/01/20 – Club Ceilidh & prizegiving

30/01/20 – Wacky Race 4

22/02/20 – National XC Champs

27/02/20 – Wacky Race 5

26/03/20 – Wacky Race 6 (final)

23/05/20 – Stornoway Half & 10k