Tiree 10k and Half Marathon
Saturday 18th September saw runners gather across Gott Bay for the second time that month.
This time it was for the start of the Tiree 10k & Half Marathon. As runners edged towards a rough start line drawn in the sand, the atmosphere was tense with nerves and also the excitement of finally being there. It was a new course with most of it off-road and new course records to lay down.
So with the Tiree Pipe Band drumming up the atmosphere the stage was set. “I was really pleased to take the event to a new location this year” said Will Wright, race organiser. “I think the beaches and the rough ground add an extra challenge, runners love that! And we had a great team of marshals so there was someone at every corner cheering the runners on. All these things mean so much, and it really pushes people along when the going gets tough.”
The runners set off along Gott Bay towards Ruaig, and then up the road towards Salum. Sandy footprints eventually emerged at the Vaul corner heading south past the golf course to Gott Bay. Not quite up to distance the runners had to run to the far end of Gott Bay to a turnaround point – marked by surf boards in the sand – and then to the finish line in front of the Lodge Hotel. And for those running the half marathon, they had to do it all over again!
“There were so many stories of achievement from that day, there was a real sense of doing something positive, and doing it together. And fantastic to see local runners and so many returning friends doing the run. I’ve got to mention my Mum who ran the 10k, still such an inspiration. And of course Maurice – aged 10 – he ran the whole thing in 54mins coming 23rd overall. I was so pleased for him. It was lovely to see Gary Muir (race winner) and Maurice congratulating each other. And kudos to Gary for another podium – the top step this time! ”
There were 135 finishers that day, with each one proudly wearing their T-Shirt and medal and feeling part of Team Tiree.
“Big thank yous to everyone who helped at the events this year – the event team, the Lodge, the sponsors and all the runners and the community of Tiree – this is what makes these days so special. Thank you.”
Full results and details of 2022 events can be found at www.tireefitness.co.uk