Although we were on Islay and Jura when the Scottish Ultra Marathon was held, we somehow completely missed it. All we saw was the "wrapping up" on Jura the day after the finish. Fortunately the weather was kind to the contestants, unlike last year when the weather was horrible. The following article, written by Niall Colthart, was published in the latest Ileach:
Unlike the previous year the third Scottish Ultra Marathon started from Ardbeg Distillery on Sunday 2nd May in something like Spring-like conditions. This race is arguably the toughest multi-day event in the UK and judging by the feedback from a multi- national field of runners who regularly compete in similar races around the world this ranks as one of hardest anywhere. The organising team were pleased this year when, on day one local runner Marcus Covell arrived at the finish line in a respectable fourth place after completing the 30 mile cross country route. Unfortunately Marcus had to withdraw the following day due to injury. Continue reading.....
The race wound its way across the length and breadth of Islay on day two which was a forty mile day which, with almost half on track and tarmac did not suit the two lead runners from Skye who were being hotly pursued by a team from Spain. This set the stall for the remainder of the race with the Lucky2Bhere team from Skye winning all sections in their first competitive race apart from the fith & final day which was won by one of the many Spanish runners.
Both Donny Nicolson and Robert Holding who hail from Portree, who won the overall event were raising money for Skye based charity Luck2Bhere which raises money and organises training to place defibrillation and other life saving equipment into remote locations. In addition to the money these boys raised through racing the organising team held an auction following the race, the proceeds of which it is hoped will go towards procuring a defibrillator for a location on Jura. Sand-baggers wish to thank everyone who helped make this an enjoyable and safe event.