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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.

Inspired Will In Top Form In Edinburgh

will_marathonIt’s a few weeks past now, but on the 26th May local resident Will Wright joined 27,000 people at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival.

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.

Will is sponsored by Scott Running, The Natural Ketosis Company and XTerra Wetsuits.