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Tiree’s own Ironman

Will Wright

I’m sure many of you will have seen Will Wright whizzing around the island on his bike in recent months! Well all his hard work and dedicated training paid off last weekend when he completed an Ironman distance triathlon with an amazing time and competition placing.

The event was held in Nottingham at the National Water sports centre and consisted of a 2.4 mile Swim (I got very nervous when I couldn’t see the end of the lake!), a 112 mile Bike ride, and a 26.2 mile Run (marathon distance).

Will completed the event in 10 hours 35 minutes exceeding his own expectations of wanting to finish in under 12 hours and came a fantastic 56th out of 750 finishers (roughly a 1000 started but many didn’t complete.)

To add to the occasion the event was 3 days before Will’s 30th birthday and all of his family had made it from different parts of the UK to support and cheer him on including his 90 year old Grandad!

It was a really wonderful weekend and a massive achievement for Will. He had such determination and pushed himself so hard that I nearly burst with pride at the finish line. So I know he will hate me putting this in but I had to say Well Done Wills & a very Happy Birthday!

Becky Wright

Running The New York Marathon

Matt Updates Us On His Memorable Day

Statue of Liberty

Did you enjoy it?

Upon reflection, very much so;
at the time, mixed emotions were felt! The course took us through the 5 Boroughs of New York: Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan.

To be honest, my recollections are a bit hazy but some of the moments that stick in my mind include a variety of bands playing on the sidewalk, an elderly soloist playing the trumpet and a full chorus of gospel singers outside a church.

All of the entertainment seemed to accurately reflect the multitude of cultures within the city. My favourite moment however, was when a women who ran alongside me in the final stages, wearing a t-shirt that identified her as a teacher for underprivileged kids, let her emotions get the better of her when several of her students jumped into the race to encourage her all the way to the end. This summed up the race for me; it was truly a team effort.

To compound the pain in my legs in the last couple of miles, we all ran past a man with a cruel grin on his face, holding a sign proclaiming that ‘It’s ok to cry!’ If I were to burst into tears right there and then, I would surely have not been the only one, and as I looked around, sure enough there were some faces that displayed nothing but pain.
But again, true to the spirit that I experienced throughout the whole race, one of the runners shouted at the top of his voice ‘Come on everyone! We are so nearly there, keep going!’ And so with that, those around me, with a hop, limp and a pace just above that of a walk, did a u-turn through Central Park to reveal the finish line guarded by two grandstands full of people who were there to celebrate the finish of what was an occasion that I will never forget.

To my surprise, the support from well-wishers didn’t end there; in a slight daze as I hobbled back to the hotel, at least half a dozen people came up to me to shake my hand and to congratulate me. And so with the indecisiveness of whether I enjoyed it or not, with the rollercoaster of emotions, there is one thing clear in my mind:
The motivation that I captured from all the donations, messages of good luck and best wishes most definitely kept me going throughout.

I managed to raise over £2000 for Diabetes UK, £600 of which were generously donated by friends from Tiree. My sincere thanks to you all for your support.

Tiree Runners Island Adventures

runnersA trio of Tiree adventurers has been pounding the roads of two of our neighbouring islands.
On the 9th August, Will Wright, Joe Kavanagh and Gordon Scott set off from Tiree to take part in the Mull Half Marathon. Both Will and Gordon recorded ‘PB’s’ over the 13.1 miles as did the effervescent Joe, who was competing in the 10k walk.
Not content with this, however, the lads were off to the Isle of Coll to do it all again at the Coll Half Marathon. Will came home in 6th place in a time of 01:27, no mean feat given that the Coll route is very demanding. Once again, Joe did the 10k walk and once again he came in faster than he has done before. This time, Gordon took part in the 5k race, recording a time of 30:06 and coming in 3rd overall in a field of 16 runners.
Also running on Coll last weekend were Michael Holliday and Stephen Cameron, both of whom completed the Half Marathon is very fast times.
The evening was rounded off at the ceilidh in the village hall. Here we were entertained to yet more of what Tiree has to offer in the form of Trail West who played a blinding set and kept the audience enthralled – and dancing – all night.

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