Tiree Ultramarathon: The very first

8am start at Sandaig
8am start at Sandaig

Well it’s taken me a week to get this report out, and I’ve needed that time just to let sink in what an amazing weekend it was. This is an event that has been brewing for a few years now, but it wasn’t till about June this year that I decided to just get on and do it. And so the last few months have been spent pulling an event together. Thanks to the help and enthusiasm of every single person involved in the event, the Tiree Ultramarathon on 7th September proved to be well worth the effort. We wanted people to enjoy the course, get to the finish safely, and to experience what makes Tiree so special – I think everyone went home with all boxes ticked.

069So, apart from raving relentlessly about how cool it was to get people running 35 miles round the coastline of Tiree, what else is there to say? Well firstly, the decision to do it all again next year has been pretty much made for me. Thanks for all the great feedback everyone. Looks like we’re on! 6th September next year. Without changing too much, we hope to deliver another event that includes everything that made this one so special. Although I cant guarantee otters on the beach, and pure sunshine is only 90% likely – I can guarantee there will be beaches, beer at the finish, lots of support, and 35 s(miles)!

IMG_0731Peter’s report puts across what to expect better than I ever could – well worth a read — http://bestpartday.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/tiree-ultramarathon.html 

Also – another congratulations to our course record holders – Tom Smith and Lucy Colquhoun. Their trophy cabinets now re-stocked with some impressive Tiree Glass, and their records are there for challenging next year. I will arrange some special prizes for any new course records, and once again the Best Trousers prize will be up for grabs, I will arrange something appropriate.

IMG_1894And while I’m on the congratulations – just remembering that out of everyone that started the day, 100% made it to the finish – so that’s job well done to all the runners, marshals, supporters and everyone on standby should anyone get into difficulty. If you didn’t make the event this year, and you’re considering your first ultra – be encouraged that this is doable, you’ll be given the best chance of success, the best scenery to distract you, and we will do whatever we can to get you to that finish line.

And just to prove it – the unofficial video from the ladies in pink :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EPxo7gwCVQ 

Anita was raising funds for CDH UK and you can still donate here – http://www.mycharitypage.com/ultramarathonanita 

108So one last thank you to everyone who made the first Tiree Ultramarathon an event to remember – 35 miles, 45 runners, some otters, lots of beaches, marshals, supporters, sponsors, fundraisers, the people of Tiree, and quite simply – everyone who made it to the finish. We hope to see you on Tiree again soon.



New sponsor for Tiree Ultramarathon

We’re excited to report a new sponsor for the Tiree Ultramarathon – Cohesion Medical was established to deliver world-class software for Specialist Medical Clinics – and they’ve chosen to sponsor the Tiree Ultramarathon through their teams interest in the challenge of an endurance event, and the uniqueness of Tiree : 

“Woohoo! Cohesion Medical is delighted to sponsor the first ever Tiree Ultramarathon. We love the boldness and uniqueness of an event that encompasses the whole of an island. We love the challenges faced by competitors, the sense of adventure in the many natural elements involved and the determination required to conquer and complete the event. Cohesion Medical is proud to be involved with the Tiree Ultramarathon – to inspire individuals, empower communities, and promote a healthier Scotland.” – Euan Cameron, Managing Director, Cohesion Medical Ltd.

We’re really pleased to have Cohesion Medical on board, and their input will make the event even more special – if you’ve not entered yet, Enter Here. See you in September!

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Entries open for Tiree Ultramarathon

The Land Below the Waves: Tiree Ultramarathon

The Isle of Tiree: 11 miles long, 6 miles wide. Famed for it’s white sandy beaches, blue skies, unspoilt landscape, and no midges! Tiree’s coastline is rugged, beautifully carved, and adorned with long stretches of firm sandy beach. The complete circumference takes in 35 miles of the finest Hebridean scenery. And that is the Tiree Ultramarathon – The Land Below the Waves.

Event Essentials

  • It’s a 35 mile run around the whole island
  • You’ll be following a series of checkpoints with simple navigation in between
  • Route arrows will guide your progress but you will need to use a course map
  • Event date is Sunday 7th September 2014
  • Every finisher gets a goodie bag and special medal
  • Prize giving and ceilidh on Sunday evening

Be part of the first Hebridean Ultramarathon!

Early bird price £18 till end of June. Follow the entry link below for all details.

This is something unique. We’ve created an event to appeal to your sense of adventure, to take in the Hebridean coastline, and to challenge you with the concept of circumnavigating an entire island.

As this is the first time we’ve run this event we want to make it really special. And as time goes on we’ll be able to put more specific information up on the site. Please enter the event, we’ll keep you updated, and be part of what I’m sure is going to be a fantastic running experience.

The Course

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Tiree 10k & Half Marathon times

Hi everyone

Here’s the draft times for yesterdays event. I’ve just put these together by hand so apologies if there’s any mistakes – but do let me know so I can make any corrections.

I will of course write some words about how the event went, and just how grateful I am to everyone who took part or helped on the day, and how satisfying it is to see the event develop and actually be one of the most special days on Tiree. But for now here’s the times for you, as lots of you have been asking for them!

Quick request: Anyone with photos from yesterday can you share them on the Tiree Fitness facebook page or send me them in a dropbox folder. There’s so much of the event that I didn’t see, and I’m sure everyone would love to see any crazy shots or beautiful pictures you’ve got. So find us on facebook, like our page and share some snaps!

Thanks everyone

Tiree 10k Results 2014

Tiree Half Marathon Results2014



10k & Half Marathon this weekend!!

Only a few days to go before this years Tiree 10k & Half Marathon. It’s already a record breaking year with over 250 entries and still places left for people to enter on the day.

This week there is a huge amount of baking going on for the Runners Cafe at the hall – this will be open all day on Saturday and will be serving soup, sandwiches, hot and cold drinks, cakes, cookies, flapjacks… everything you need whether you’ve run, walked or just spectated.

We’re also pleased to report that Trail West are on their usual great form and will be playing the dance in the evening. Doors open at 8pm with the prize giving at 9pm. Tickets available at registration and all through the day at the hall.

If you’re wondering how to get home after the dance – there’s a bus service on Tiree but it needs to be booked in advance. For groups this can be done by contacting John Kennedy Taxi’s – click here for details. If you’re not in a group and just want a lift home, drop me an email and if there are sufficient numbers I’ll arrange a private booking. But this needs to be done in advance so I can arrange it with the taxi company!

It looks set to be a great weekend. Registration is friday 6pm-9pm and saturday 10am-1pm, so I’ll see you there!