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School Sports Day

school_sports_2014The annual school sports day took place on Monday 16th June and to everyone’s relief, the day dawned warm and dry.

An event like this demands a great deal of planning and preparation and staff and pupils alike had been hard at work during the preceding weeks under the excellent guidance of Mrs Hannah MacKechnie who, in the absence of a P.E. teacher, had taken on the task of organising the day.

This year we were keen to recognise Glasgow’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games and this, coupled with the challenge of low pupil numbers in the Secondary Department, led to the idea of devising a whole school Commonwealth Games event. Mrs MacKechnie met with Primary Department teachers and Will Wright, our Active Schools Coordinator, and after much discussion and exchanging of ideas, the Commonwealth Games Obstacle Race was born.

The race incorporated all ten of the compulsory Commonwealth Games sports including hockey, boxing, swimming, athletics, weight-lifting, rugby and badminton. Some imagination and creativity was required, e.g. the boxing aspect of the race involved climbing through a box and our aquatic event involved carrying a cup of water to a basin with the team collecting most water winning extra points! In order to take account of the range of ages taking part, pupils in P.1-P.5 competed in the race first, with pupils in P.6-S.6 running a more challenging version afterward.

We were delighted that some parents and carers were able to attend the Commonwealth Race which took place during the morning of Sports Day. Primary pupils had painted flags representing various Commonwealth countries and these were displayed on the fencing around the all-weather pitch. It was good to see so many pupils putting in lots of effort and also displaying good teamwork by supporting and encouraging the other members of their teams. Every pupil taking part earned points for their House and at lunchtime pupils received a Gold, Silver or Bronze (coloured) medal for their efforts.

The afternoon brought with it the more traditional races and those members of the community who were able to come along enthusiastically cheered on the participants. The Flat, Potato and Spoon, Sack, Three Legged and Wheelbarrow races were followed by Relay races and Hockey and Football Dribbles. Before the grand finale, the Tug of War, took place the adults were given their chance to show off their sporting prowess – congratulations to Mrs Hannah MacKechnie and Mr Edward Campbell who carried off the honours!

We would like to extend our warmest thanks to everyone who helped to make this important day such a resounding success; to the families and friends of the children, to the Parent Council for organising a delicious range of ‘eats’, to all members of staff and to all of the children who practised hard beforehand and who gave 100% on the day. We are also sincerely grateful to Mrs MacKechnie who put in so many hours of hard work in order to ensure that everything ran smoothly and successfully. To you all, thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at Sports Day 2015!

Terrific Tiree 10k Goes Global

tiree_10k_2014They came to Tiree by plane and by ferry from all over the UK to take part in the marathon. There were groups from as far away as Slovakia and Brazil. There were kids in their prams and runners in their seventies eager to cover the distance in their best time. And Lindsay Matthews (37), running her first ever race, covered the ground of the half marathon in two hours and six minutes. Lindsay, who comes from Bearsden, near Glasgow, said, “It was a marvellous day. Enjoyed every minute!”

In all, 250 runners finished the course, five times the number who took part nine years ago when it all began. It has now become a huge success and a ‘must run’ event for many marathon competitors in the UK and beyond.

All the way from Paris came Justin Welstead and his family. They flew to Glasgow and chartered a Hebridean Airways plane to reach Tiree in time for the race. Justin, whose father Bill Welstead is a Tiree resident, came 26th and his young daughter Clara was 17th and 5th woman. Bill Welstead told us, “They came all that way for just two days specially to take part and they had a wonderful time. Justin works in Paris as a financial consultant so this trip to Tiree for the marathon gave him a really good break!”

The Tiree 10K and Half Marathon is the brainchild of the island’s fitness guru and very own ‘Iron Man’ Will Wright, who has put many long hours into planning the popular annual event.

Will said :”It has been a real pleasure to watch this event grow and to see people return year after year. Watching local runners complete the course is rather special. And to know that folk travelled all the way from Slovakia and Paris just to do this proves how special Tiree is.”

The races started and finished on Sorobaidh beach. The 10K and half marathon runners all set off together followed by the pram pushers. Then the kids off on their own races. Marshals stationed around the course encouraged and directed competitors and were amazed by the drive, determination and focus of everyone who took part. In the evening there was a prizegiving event and dance with our very own Trail West providing the sounds. This was a great evening to relax and enjoy the company of other runners and all the local folk who cheered them on. A great day was had by all.

Records Broken and Stories of Achievement On A Windy Island

Tiree 10k and Half Marathon ~ By Will wright

10k runnerThis was to be the first ever Tiree Half Marathon, and the 8th edition of the Tiree 10k – the 2013 event was definitely the best yet. 13.1 miles for the Half Marathon, 6.2 miles for the 10k: over 200 people lined up on the beach ready to battle against the wind and rain, to overcome the tiredness and fatigue that was sure to come, to ignore the voices that said it couldn’t be done, and to get back to the finish line with every mile completed. Walkers, runners, kids, pram pushers; everybody raised their game and made it to the finish in what was the most challenging conditions we’ve had for this event. For this and many other reasons, it was the best year yet.

At the prize giving on Saturday night there was a real sense of achievement, magnified by the challenging weather conditions, and justified by the number of people who told me this was their first half marathon, or they beat their PB, or that it was simply the hardest thing they’ve ever done. With a winning Half Marathon time of 1hr13 it was a day of extremes from start to finish. The 10k event saw record entry numbers and a new course record. The kids event saw the fastest ever 2km time and some promising young runners. And the 10k Dance was one of the best nights I’ve seen on Tiree; great music, great atmosphere, and everyone up dancing right from the start.

So, thank you everyone who helped make it such a special weekend. In particular the event sponsors: Tiree Medical Practice, the Co-op, Active Schools, Scott Running, Chocolate & Charms and everyone who entered the events. And of course the excellent helpers who did such a great job to make the day run smoothly. Thank you everyone for being so considerate and supportive for all the runners who took part on the day.

Tiree 10k 2013“I had a brilliant time at the 10k and I am so glad I made the journey as I loved the race and breathtaking scenery.” – Suzanne Halliday

“I’ve gained so much from the running community in the last few years, and Tiree was an excellent example of sharing that love. I’ve told my husband that it’s an island we must visit.” – Deirdre Hoyle

“Just wanted to say how much I and my friends enjoyed the races at the weekend, definitely worth the long trip from Glasgow and Edinburgh! I got a new p.b. time and was so happy to do this in such a beautiful place.” – Clare McKinlay

“The weather might not have been great, but the atmosphere at the Tiree 10k and Half Marathon certainly was. The course was scenic, but challenging and despite the wind, sand, cattlegrids and off-road section I managed to run a personal best time. A particular high for me was how encouraging all the runners were of each other.” – Catherine Stewart, 1st lady, half marathon.

Next year’s event is on Saturday 3rd May 2014 – Bank Holiday weekend. If you’ve got any good photos please let me know. The finish times are up on the Tiree Fitness website – www.TireeFitness.co.uk and any comments or feedback please contact Will Wright.

Tiree 10k Scorcher


There is little doubt that Tiree is the sunniest place in the UK – that fact was proved with Tiree getting the highest UK sunshine hours in April and May this year – 270 hours in May! The Tiree 10k weekend was one of the hottest with temperatures up into the mid thirties.

So it was in those conditions that runners, walkers, kids and pram pushers lined up on the beach start line ready to sweat it out over 10km. Overall winner Owain Williams finished in a time of 39:32 – “this was my third attempt at getting a top podium finish on Tiree. I would say this year was the toughest yet. The heat was unbelievable but the water stops were a welcome sight. My time was much slower than I had hoped and trained for but Tiree is my favourite race; a home race but also something a bit different – a bit of beach running, some road running and a fantastic dance at the end.”

The fastest female runner was Catherine Stewart (43:44) – “The last kilometre is always tough – jelly legs and sand running do not mix well, but it’s all part of why I love this event.” One of the top local finishers was Stewart MacLennan (48:21) – “a fantastic day and evening dance. I was also pretty chuffed with my time considering the tropical heat which at times was not fun!! Looking forward to 2013!!”

The Tiree 10k started in 2006 with 40 runners and each year has grown with over 200 runners last year. The age range stretches from several months in the pram push to over 70 years. Spot prizes were awarded this year to Jimmy, Susan and Allanah Kyle, Sophie Isaacson, and our pram pushers – Jo, Mark, Eilidh and Carrie. Congratulations to everyone who completed the event.

running 10k

So, despite the last minute ferry delay which meant about 75 runners were stuck in Oban and had to go home, we still had a great turn out from local residents and visitors who entered into the spirit of the event and made for a successful day rounded off with an amazing dance with Trail West.

There was a group of 33 runners and walkers who travelled from Mull and Iona as well as a group from Coll, both groups having chartered their own boats to get here. Mhairi Killin from Iona said: “My friend Nikki inspired us all to achieve something we thought we couldn’t achieve. It was a great experience.” For more information on the inspiring story behind the Iona Runners go to http://www.justgiving.com/NicolaHodge.

Next year we are due for a change, the Hynish course has been used for 3 years now so it’s time to shake things up. I’d be interested to hear any ideas or suggestions for developing the event. Thanks again everyone who took part or contributed to the success of the 2012 Tiree 10k. Full results can be found at http://www.tireefitness.co.uk/

Tiree 10k 2011

10k 2011

On Saturday 30th April the annual Tiree 10k Fun Run took place in glorious sunshine with plenty of local residents and visitors taking part. There were 173 runners and walkers altogether including Power Pushers and Kids Fun Runners. Once again the Tiree Pipe Band started everyone off along the beach and provided a great setting for the start of the event.

Out on the course the warm weather made it hard for the runners but there were still some fast times with Tim Brand from Lochaber coming over the line first in 36:36 closely followed by Tiree’s Owain Williams in 37:21. Owain has knocked 2 minutes off his time from last year and is running the Edinburgh Marathon later this month. Also finishing strongly was Jennifer MacKinnon in 48:06, which gained her first place in her age group.

The kids events saw the closest finish ever with Colin, Finn and Jack sprinting for the line well ahead of the rest of the field. Jack managed to cross the line first and a great performance from all three. Rowan was first back for the girls just a few minutes later.

Out on the 10km walk there seemed to be some odd characters with Captain America and Mr Blobby making it all the way round. Among others they were raising funds for the Gobi Desert Trek. Well done to them and all the walkers who completed the course.

Once again I’d just like to thank everyone who helped on the day or contributed towards the event and in particular the event sponsors. Thanks also to the people who live or work along the actual course for their patience as 173 runners and walkers passed by!

10k 2011 power pushers

The event seems to get better each year and this time it’s also helped raise funds for the Tiree Pipe Band, the Duke of Edinburgh group, the PTA, the Tiree Sports Foundation and the Gobi Desert trek. Thanks everyone for making it such a fantastic day.

Have a look on the website for full results and the date for next year’s event will be announced soon.

Tiree 10k 2011

Tiree 10k logo

Only a couple of weeks to go before the Tiree 10k is here again.

Saturday 30th April will see runners and walkers of all ages and abilities take to the roads to complete the 10km course;
which starts on Sorobaidh beach and continues down the road to Hynish and back.

As usual there will also be the Power Push and Kids events taking place so no excuses for not taking part! If you’re driving on the roads that day please be extra careful as there will be children and adults in the road. Caution signs will be displayed.

All events start at 1pm with registration opening at 11am so make sure you get to An Talla early enough to get to the start line on time. Please return your entry forms as soon as you can. They’re available from www.tireefitness.co.uk and are also available at the Business Centre.

Good luck everyone. I hope you all have a fantastic day and thank you to the event sponsors;
Active Schools, Concise Aerospace, Tiree Medical Practice, Chocolates & Charms and the Cooperative.

Tiree’s Scottish Champion

will running

Not many of us would want to even think about it let alone actually do it, and on hearing about it we may think a degree of insanity was required, but there’s no doubt that for someone to not only take part but to win requires dedication and stamina.

On Saturday 11 September Will Wright swam 1.9 km in Loch Linnie’s icy waters, Mountain biked along a 90 km route and ran up and back down Ben Nevis – a distance of 21 km.

Competing against many other intrepid souls he improved on his placing of 9th in last year’s event and finished first making him the Off Road Triathlon Scottish Champion of 2010.

Congratulations Will from all of us armchair athletes who can only manage such activities whilst dreaming.

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

Tiree 10k 2010

10k start

On Saturday 29th May the island hosted the 5th annual Tiree 10km Fun Run. Over 200 people took part with ages ranging from the youngest babies pushed in prams to the eldest runners in their seventies! The day was a fantastic success with plenty of visiting runners commenting on how beautiful the island was and the friendliness with which they were received.

George Miller

There was strong representation from local residents across all the events, especially in the kids fun run. The winning time for the 10km event was 36:31 by George Miller from Oxfordshire.

“That has got to be the best start for a race I’ve ever seen; on the beach with the band playing. The course was great, and I thought the event was really good.” – George Miller

The band of course were the Tiree Pipe Band. They marched the 10km in great style providing much needed encouragement to other runners and walkers. So a big thank you to them for their hard work and perseverance.

Top Finishers include:

  • 1st – George Miller 36:31
  • 2nd – Owain Williams 39:16
  • 6th – Peter West (1st Veteran) 41:12
  • 10th – Christine Milne (1st Lady) 43:28
  • 21st – Stephen Tanner 48:46
  • 23rd – Andrew Findlater 49:10
  • 37th – Sarah Holliday 52:17

Tiree Pipe Band

The competitors found the new course to Hynish more challenging than previous years, with the ups and downs and twisty roads. Despite this most people wanted to keep it the same for next year, commenting on the fantastic views and the start with everyone together on the beach.

Thank you to everyone who lives and works along this route, for your cooperation and help in staging an event like this on public roads. In the kids’ races there was a good turn out with a sprint along the beach and back again.

The evening played host to a dance with Trail West which proved to be the perfect end to a successful day. Proceeds from the dance went to Tiree Windsurf Club. “I was pleased to see the level of support shown in such an enjoyable way, helping to raise much needed funds” – Morag McManus, Club Chairperson

As ever the whole event was sponsored by local businesses. Thanks in particular to John and his team at Tiree Medical Practice, Steve at Concise Aerospace and Becci at Chocolates and Charms. Also big thanks to Andy at the Coop for donating loads of goodies for the goodie bags. Thank you to all the people who volunteered to help out on the day; the marshals, timekeepers, event crew and everybody else who contributed to make this such a positive day. If anyone has any comments or suggestions I would love to hear them.

The Tiree 10k is organized by Will Wright of Tiree Fitness in partnership with Active Schools. Will can be contacted at:
[email protected] or call 220 421. Results will be posted at:Tiree Fitness’ Website

Tiree 10k & Fun Run


Saturday 23rd May from 1pm at An Talla

Get your running shoes on – It’s the Tiree 10k & Fun Run 2009!

  • Kids Fun Run along Crossapol beach
  • Under 16’s Run around the loop to Balinoe beach
  • 10km Walk
  • 10km Run
  • The Power Push

And in the evening there is the fantastic Family Dance
at An Talla with TRAIL WEST
Doors open at 8pm, bar opens at 9pm

Enter in advance or on the day. Entry forms and information available from
School Library, Business Centre and www.isleoftiree.com

If you are not taking part please come along and cheer on all the runners and walkers.
Alternatively volunteer as a marshal. Give Will a call if you can help out.

If you have any questions or comments about the event
please call Will on 421.
The event uses public roads which remain open so participants are encouraged
to observe normal Highway Code rules. Drivers please be aware there will be runners
and walkers about on the roads from 1pm till 4pm

Which event should I enter?

  • Kids Fun Run – For kids aged under 13, but parents are welcome to join in too
  • Under 16’s Run – For ages 13 to 15 inclusive
  • The 10k Walk and Run – For ages 16 and over
  • The Power Push –You can be any age. You just need a child in a pram. No age limit on child!