Stornoway Running and Athletics Club

Wacky Races series 2018-19

Wacky race 5 – Thursday 21st February

5k town route, meeting at the Smith Avenue car park.

First runner will be off at 5.45pm, most runners will start from 6pm, please arrive before 5.40 to get your number and for a wee briefing.

The course is two loops of a route new to  Wacky Races. The start is on the pavement opposite the Smith Avenue cark park. Runners will then turn immediately right up Springfield road and do a anti-clockwise loop of Springfield Rd -Anderson Rd – Goathill Rd – Matheson Rd – Sandwick Rd – Smith Avenue, twice. At the end of the 2nd loop turn left after the Smith Avenue car park into the Nicolson bus park at the rear of the Sports Centre. The finish line is at the far end of the bus park.

It’s a lot simplier than it sounds! See the map below, there will be the usual flour arrows on the pavements to guide you at the turns.

CANCELLED – due to icy pavement conditions, next race Thursday 21 Feb. Probably the same route.

Wacky race 4 – Thursday 31st January

5k town route, meeting at the Smith Avenue car park.

First runner will be off at 5.45pm, please arrive before 5.40 to get your number and for a wee briefing.

The course is two loops of a route new to  Wacky Races. The start is on the pavement opposite the Smith Avenue cark park. Runners will then turn immediately right up Springfield road and do a anti-clockwise loop of Springfield Rd -Anderson Rd – Goathill Rd – Matheson Rd – Sandwick Rd – Smith Avenue, twice. At the end of the 2nd loop turn left after the car park into the Nicolson bus park at the rear of the Sports Centre, the finish line is at the far end of the bus park.

It’s a lot simplier than it sounds! See the map below, there will be the usual flour arrows on the pavements to guide you at the turns.

Wacky Race 3 (SRAC Christmas Handicap) – Saturday 22nd December

Race 3 results click here

For this race you have the option of the 5.3 mile (8.5km) or 4.1 mile (6.6km) ‘traditional’ Castle grounds loops.

Please meet at the Golf Club cark park by 9.45am to get your number and for a wee briefing. First runners will be off around 10am. Also please try and park elsewhere and walk/run to the golf club if you can, space is always tight there and we don’t want to upset the golfers – thank you 🙂

As normal there will be no marshalls, but there will be flour arrows on the ground to mark the routes. Even though there are two routes everyone will still be racing each other, with the aim that everyone will finish at roughly the same time. Oh and its not an advantage to do the short route you’ll need to run a wee bit faster!

5.3 mile (8.5km) route

4.1 mile (6.6km) route

 

Wacky Race 2 – Thursday 22nd November

Race 2 results click here

Watch the finsh line cam here

5k town loop, meet at the Isles FM car park on Seaforth Road.

First runner will be off at 5.44pm, please arrive between 5.30-40 to get your number and for a wee briefing.

The course will be three times anti-clockwise round the Seaforth Rd – Sandwick Rd – Island Rd – Seaview Terr – Seaforth Rd loop. Starting and finishing in the cark park behind the Isles FM building. The run will be on the pavements but please be careful crossing the junctions at Engies and on Island Road. Please be prepared to stop for cars.

Its the same route that we use each year for the Wacky races but there will be flour arrows on the pavements at all of the turnings.

Wacky Race 1 – Thursday 25th October

Race 1 Results click here

Watch the finish line cam here 

5k loop in the Castle Grounds

Meet between 5 & 5:15pm at the Museum car park.

First Runner goes off to 5:30pm.

The route will start at the very back of the museum car park near the secret garden, the route will be run clockwise. Start by heading down the road next to the Woodlands centre, then run round the front of Crusty’s cottage and continue along the shore road right down to the mouth of the Creed. The route then goes up the Creed until you reach the wee garden next to the iron well, here you take the turn off to the right immediately after the garden. Then just follow the main path back towards the Castle, finishing at the red gate close to the College entrance.

All of the turnings in the route will be marked with white flour arrows!

What are the Wacky Races?

The Wacky Races are a series of mostly 5k handicap races that take place in the Castle grounds or streets of Stornoway over the winter. In a handicap race it is possible for anyone to win! With slower runners setting off first and the fastest last the aim is that everyone finishes roughly at the same time. Your start time is based on your best recent 5k, 10k or wacky race times. Points are awarded to everyone depending on what place they finish in each race and at the end of the series the person with the most points will be awarded the hallowed Wacky Race shield. The aim is to have fun, some good banter and try to improve your 5k times!

The races are open to all adults you don’t need to be a SRAC member, some races may be suitable for children.  Most races are 5k with a few other distances up to 10k. There will be six races, one per month between October and March.

How to enter

Cost is £2 per race to enter, this year we are donating the entry free to he Western Isles Association for Mental Health (https://www.wiamh.org/).

Please dondate your £2 here before each race https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/wackyraces1

Also in order to take part please email your recent best 5k or 10k times to wackyrunners@gmail.com, or estimated 5k time if you haven’t raced recently.

The Wacky rules for this year are:

  • Points are scored depending on your finishing place in each race, 20 points for 1st, 19 for 2nd, 18 for 3rd, and so on. Places 20 and lower in each race score 1 point.
  • A bonus 5 points will be awarded on top of this in each race to the three runners who finish closest to their predicted time.
  • 10 bonus points will be awarded to runners who complete all six races. 5 bonus points will be awarded if you complete five. 
  • The final score for each runner will be the total of their best four race scores, plus the bonus for doing five or six if achieved.
  • If you have run six races your two lowest scores will be dropped, if you have run five races your lowest score will be dropped.

Example final score:


(Best four race total 62 points + 10 points for running all six = 72)

Race dates:
Race 1 – Thursday 25 October, 5.30pm. 5k grounds route
Race 2 – Thursday 22 November, 6pm. 5k street route
Race 3 – Saturday 22 December, morning time TBC. 4.1 or 5.4 mile grounds loop option
Race 4 – Thursday 24 January, 6pm. 5k street route 
Race 5 – Thursday 21 February, 6pm. 5k Street route 
Race 6 – Thursday 28 March, 5.30pm. 5k grounds route

 

Wacky Race Hall of Fame

2017-18 Adrienne Stewart

2016-17 Angie ‘Bassman’ Murray

2015-16 Angus ‘Museum’ Murray

2014-15 Angus ‘Museum’ Murray

2013-14 Peter Macinnes

2012-13 Alastair Lockett

2011-12 Jim Bruce

Past series final results

Wacky Races 2017-18 Results