On Sunday 8th of September, over 200 runners took part in the 2019 Tiree Ultramarathon.
Though the day remained a bit grey throughout, the weather certainly didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of both the participants and spectators. A majority of those taking part were solo runners who had completed the entirety of the 35 mile course around Tiree’s coastline, but there were also relay teams who had split the marathon into sections and passed the baton along as their runners followed the course.
The course record of 4hrs32 set by Alastair Buckley in 2018 still stands, but 4hrs37 was the winning time this year by Lindsay Cockburn. Will commented,
“I still think there’s someone out there who could break 4:30 – maybe next year we’ll invite back all the previous winners to try and get a fast pack together chasing for the course record.”
Alan Dix commented,
“This was my fourth Tiree Ultra-marathon, but my first no longer resident on the island. Although it took me all day to run round the island (definitely the back end of the pack) it was an amazing day and I’m already making plans for next year’s ultra. The first half was especially tough until I worked into a (very slow) rhythm, but the faces of so many familiar faces encouraging me along the way was wonderful – Alan Millar’s “would you like a cup of tea” at 26 miles was especially welcome. However, the true hero of the day is Will and the Event Team for having once again organised this fantastic event that is now known across the world.”
With the cafe an essential part of the event, Becky had worked in the kitchen for weeks preparing for the day, providing a huge selection of cakes and hot food with her team for the runners, support crews and spectators at An Talla throughout the day.
“Food like this, together with the amazing team serving, is so well appreciated by tired runners, and is such a hub of activity with happy stories of achievement shared throughout the afternoon,” said Will.
The hall was full for the prize giving, where the top finishers were awarded artwork from Sophie Scott Design and prizes from Chocolates & Charms.
Thanks were given to the community of Tiree for being so welcoming and supportive, and for making such a positive and uplifting atmosphere throughout the weekend.
The Cornaig Ceilidh Band took to the Ultramarathon stage in the evening, energizing all the runners up onto the dance floor til’ past midnight!
“We’re hugely grateful to everyone who helped at the event on the day, and for all the people on Tiree who have been so accommodating and helpful, especially people around the course who have welcomed the runners through and helped with the route planning and access. Comments from the day have been so positive, so it’s been a rewarding task to help people achieve something that means so much to them. And of course our event sponsor Cohesion Medical who have been on board since the very start in 2014. They’re a great partner to work with, and we thank them, and everyone who contributes to the event for making 2019 Tiree Ultramarathon a huge success,” Will said.
Having been on hold for a busy summer and winter approaching, Will will be returning to the gym and getting his classes running again. You can check up on future events with Tiree Fitness including the next year’s 10K & Half Marathon and Ultramarathon via their website:
Thanks and credits to Dutch- Engels for use of their photography. www.dutch-engels.com