A Tiree Triumph

ultra_marathonIt was a first for the island – a 35 mile run around Tiree.

Winner - Tom Smith

Winner – Tom Smith

The weather couldn’t have been more accommodating. The runners rose to the sun shining and a calmness which could only go towards raising the competitors’ excitement as they focused on the day ahead.
The lead up had been meticulously organised by Will Wright, so following the briefing session on Saturday evening all marshals and volunteers walked away knowing exactly what was was expected of them. The marshals were strategically placed around the course to provide encouragement, sustenance and a resting place for anyone who needed it. My own marshal point was Caoles almost 20 miles into the run, directing the runners down towards the beach. For some of the runners it was clear by the time they had reached the top of the road they were waning a little, but a few whoops, star jumps and cheers of encouragement brought a smile to their faces and they upped the anti and jogged downhill, some actually breaking into a smile to be captured on camera. It was so uplifting to witness the sheer pleasure on everyone’s faces as they realised they were approaching the picturesque sands and azure waters which is Coales beach. Although it was a race it was wonderful to witness the camaraderie amongst the competitors as they jollied each other on, some running together until the very end.

Ladies Winner - Lucy Colquhoun

Ladies Winner – Lucy Colquhoun

This event was tough but so rewarding, especially for the visitors who for some it was their first time on Tiree. The route had been carefully planned and showcased the ruggedness, the flatness and the sheer beauty that is Tiree. All who took part were captivated by the island’s magic.
A truly fabulously planned event, congratulations to everyone who took part or was involved in some way but especially Will – we salute you.

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