Tiree 10k and Half Marathon ~ By Will wright
This 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.
“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.