The first weekend in August will see two sportive events on Islay's already very busy event calendar. This Saturday, 4th August, will see the 26th edition of the Islay Half Marathon which started first in 1986. The Half Marathon involves a 13 mile, 192 yard run from the village of Bowmore out to Islay Airport and back in a circular route. The run takes place amongst some of Islay's most beautiful scenery. Participants are coming from wide and far to join this race. Last year Robert Gilroy Hamilton ran 1.10.19 and finished first. The first lady was Marina Mccalman Clydebank in 1.32.40. For more information visit www.islayhalfmarathon.co.uk
Start of the Half Marathon at MacTaggart Leisure Centre
Sunday the 5th of August will see the Ride of the Falling Rain, a 100 mile (162km) or less ride along Islay's roads. Participants will be leaving from Debbie's Cafe in Bruichladdich at 10am and finishing at the same point several hours later, depending on your cycling skills of course. The ride is organised by Islay's Mr. Cycling, brian palmer, together with his pals from the Velo Club 'd Ardbeg. There are no organised feed stations, no technical backup, no timing or transponders, and no entry fee which means you are basically on your own, together with dozens of other cycling fans that it. The halfway point of the ride happens to be near Ardbeg Distillery where you can enjoy a marvellous lunch in the Old Kiln Cafe. Although there is no entrance fee required the organisation respectfully suggests that all participants donate Â£10 to World Bicycle Relief. An online donation facility is provided on their website.
Prior to Sunday's ride there will be a short hill climb to Conisby on Saturday afternoon, right next to Debbie's. This starts at 2pm, but we'd suggest you settle in for a coffee around 30 minutes beforehand. The hill climb is more than suitable for children too, preferably under parental supervision. For more info visit www.rideofthefallingrain.net
Last year's Peloton joining The Ride of the Falling Rain