This is Scotland’s biggest running festival and attracts runners from all over the world, from beginners right through to elite international athletes.
“It was a last minute entry into the marathon as I was supposed to be racing at the triathlon world championships that weekend, but I opted for the marathon instead. And I’m glad I did, it was an amazing event, so many people taking part and the streets lined with spectators.”
The festival was over 2 days with races of 5km, 10km, Half Marathon and Marathon distance, as well as Junior and Relay races. The event’s charity partner was Macmillan Cancer Support, with many runners raising funds for this, and other causes.
“Running seems to bring out the best in people, the atmosphere on the start line was just inspiring, and with so many people running for good causes there was a real emotional attachment to completing the challenge. There were cheers of support all around the course from spectators and other runners.”
The marathon was won by elite Ethiopian athlete Tola Lema in 2hrs15, followed by John Kales from Kenya. A few places back in 13th was Will Wright in a finishing time of 2hrs40.
“I’m delighted to finish so high up, and to get a time like that has made all the training worth it, so many laps around Tiree, so many times up to the golf ball and along the beach. I love running on Tiree anyway, and to get a good result at a race as big as Edinburgh is really encouraging.”
With lots of international runners competing, the top places were taken up by visiting runners from all over the world. Will’s finish time managed to get him the trophy for 1st Scottish Runner – “It was a bit of a surprise, but I felt that living and training on Tiree, and being able to train with lots of people here, I was collecting that trophy as one for the whole Tiree Team. I think it shows that even living on a small island, it’s possible to work towards something like that and actually do quite well. So I’ll pass that title to Team Tiree as a thank you for all the encouragement that people have shown me as I run and bike around the island – thank you!”
Will’s next event is an Ironman Triathlon in Spain at the end of July where he will be racing for the first time as a Pro athlete.