Stornoway Half Marathon
The Stornoway Half Marathon is no ordinary race. We offer a superb course, the second half of which is off-road, around the beautiful wooded grounds of Lews Castle. Runners who wish to return to the mainland on the Saturday may do so on the afternoon ferry to Ullapool, although there is now also a Sunday sailing. There are also Sunday flights from Stornoway to the mainland. For those who want to stay for the weekend, we offer a ceilidh dance on the Saturday night and the opportunity to relax in Hebridean fashion on the Sunday. Why not try something different and come to Scotland’s north west fringe for a very special race package.
North District Half Marathon Championships
The Stornoway Half Marathon is open to all runners but to qualify for a Noth District medal entrants must meet the UKA rules for North District Half Marathon Championships qualification which are as follows:
(1) A District qualification shall be acquired as follows:
(a) By birth.
(b) By residence in the District.
(c) By first claim membership of an affiliated Club with its headquarters
within the District boundary.
(2) Athletes may only compete at District Championships within one
District in any six month period (commencing 1st April and 1st October)
(1) They should be a current SAL member
(2) Someone who is a current SAL member and isn't a member of a club but
fulfils either (a) (b) or (c) is eligible for a medal.
Please note ONLY the half marathon is part of the ND championships NOT the 10K.
The Courses (click here to view map)
The course is partially on gravel paths and is unsuitable for wheelchairs.
The route will be marked at one mile intervals. From the start at the Lews
Castle College, the first half of the race continues through the main street
in Stornoway town centre, and then onto Lower Sandwick bay and back
towards the Lews Castle Grounds, which is an "off-road" section run on
gravel paths. The section of the route up Willow Glen has two narrow
bridges. At the first one, the path is narrow for approximately 40 metres.
From then the drives through the grounds take over and pass the Lews
Castle, through the woods and past the Creed Lodge. At this point
runners briefly exit the "grounds" onto the Harris road, and turn left onto
the Arnish road and then re-enter the "grounds". Runners follow down
the river and along the shore road to the finish at Porters Lodge arch. A
detailed map of both the half marathon and fun run courses can be
viewed by following this link.
10K starts on the Shore Road beyond Cuddy Point, follows the shore road
to Porters Lodge, turns left up past Golf Club clubhouse and joins the
half marathon route at Lews Castle.
There will be marshals at all key points around the course, please follow their directions and
observe all route markings around the course.
Entry by post, online on the Runners World web site or at registration in the café area of
Stornoway Bridge Centre on Friday 24th
May between 5.30pm and 9.30pm. Entries will
be acknowledged by email, if you do not have an email address please include with
your application a S.A.E.
No Half Marathon or 10K entries will be accepted on race day.
Fun Run registration will take place on Saturday morning between 9.00 and 9.30am as well as on Friday evening 5.30 - 9.30pm.
Half Marathon starts at 10am at Lews Castle College
10K starts at 11.00am in the Cuddy Point area
Fun Run starts at 10.15am at Porters Lodge
Male changing and shower facilities are available at side entrance to the Golf Club.
Female changing and shower facilities will be at the Bridge Centre.
storage point will be beside Porters Lodge in the Golf Club car-park.
Please put all baggage into the plastic bag and attach a label
with you race number and name on it.
Post race ceilidh will be held at Stornoway Golf Club and will feature Keith Morrison and Jane Hepburn of Face the West.
This link will take you to a comprehensive list of Hebridean Web sites - including
links to sport, travel and tourist information web sites
Travel Telephone Numbers
Ferry Operator Caledonian MacBrayne 01851 702361 www.calmac.co.uk
Ferry Central Reservations 08000 66 5000
Flybe 0871 700 2000 www.flybe.com
Highland Airways 0845 450 2245 www.highlandairways.co.uk
Visit Hebrides, Stornoway 01851 703088 www.visithebrides.com
Medals and Trophies
will be awarded to all finishers in both races. There will be awards
for first, second and third males and females, winning team, male and
female veterans, and the first local male and female runners.
Half Marathon Categories:
1st, 2nd and 3rd male
1st, 2nd and 3rd Female
1st, 2nd and 3rd Male Vet40
1st, 2nd and 3rd Female Vet35
1st, 2nd and 3rd Male Vet50
1st,2nd and 3rd Female Vet45
1st Male Vet60
1st Female Vet55
1st, 2nd and 3rd Local Male
1st, 2nd and 3rd Local Female
Winning mens team (all team prizes decided by the combined times of the first 3 runners from each team)
Winning ladies team
1st, 2nd and 3rd Male
1st, 2nd and 3rd Female
1st Male Vet (any runners over 40)
1st Female Vet (any runners over 35)
1st Local Male
1st Local Female
Winning team (best combined time of the first 3 runners from the team regardless of gender)
Please note only one prize will be awarded per runner, eg if a V40 runner finishes 2nd they will be awarded the 2nd place trophy and the first V40 outside the top three will receive the V40 prize.The only exception to this will be the local prizes which will be awarded even if they have won another trophy.
Veteran runners will receive the awards in their own category only, so even if a V45 finishes ahead of a V35 they will receive the V45 trophy.
Male: Adam Eyrie-Walker (HBT) 1hr 08 57 (1990)
Female: Jane Robertson (Ayr Seaforth) 1hr 21 00 (1990).
Half Marathon Team Relay - Crossroads Caring Lewis
Entry Form (word) - Entry Form (pdf) - Sponsor Form (word) - Sponsor Form (pdf)
SRAC have selected Crossroads Lewis as our Club Charity for 2013. We hope to raise as much money as we can for this hard working charity over the forthcoming months. The aim of Crossroads is to relieve stress on the persons or families caring for all age groups of people with physical, mental or sensory impairment. The Lewis branch generates its own income and this is spent on the benefit of Lewis people. Crossroads employ 20 Care Attendants as well as 2 Administrative staff locally and are constantly looking for ways to raise money to provide care to those who struggle alone caring for other people.
As part of the Half Marathon, SRAC will be offering entries for team relays. This is open to 4 runners over the 13.1 miles. There will be 4 relay stations where runners will hand over the baton to their team members so 4 runners will run approx 3.3 miles each. The entry fee for the relay will be £16.00 (special offer reduced from £20.00!!) and we just ask each team to raise £50.00 for this hard working charity. You can of course raise more than that and if you wish put the rest to a charity of your choice or raise more for Crossroads. There will be a cup for the winning team. Add more fun to your team by running in fancy dress.
The four relay legs are:-
- Start at Lewis Castle College to top of North Street
- Top north Street to the stone arch bridge 500m up Willowglen
- Willowglen bridge to Arnish/Lochs Road junction
- From this road junction to the finish at Porters Lodge
On behalf of Stornoway Running and Athletics Club and Crossroads, I would be grateful if you could consider taking part in this event. You can walk/run/jog any part of the course. Should you require any more information on the event please e-mail Adrienne at email@example.com.
Look forward to seeing you on Saturday 24th May!!
Run 4 It Discounts
Stornoway Half Marathon supporters Run 4 It are offering a 10% discount in all their stores and online, just follow the this link for the voucher to use in store or enter 'STORNOWAY10' on their website.
In addition all race finishers will recieve a 15% discount voucher in their goody bag. Further information on Run4it service.
Hebridean Three-Race Challenge
The Stornoway Half Marathon forms part of the Hebridean Three Race
Challenge. Runners who take part in three out of five Half Marathons;
Stornoway, Benbecula, Isle of Skye, Isle of Barra and Isle of Harris will
receive a special commemorative memento, and there will be team and
individual prizes across the series. If you want a change of scene, you
couldn’t do better than to sample these scenic atmospheric races. Follow this link for more details of the Hebridean 3-Race Challenge
GOOD LUCK AND ENJOY THE RUN
Route - Beginner's Training Schedule - Fun Run