Welcome to Tiree Fitness

Based on the Hebridean island of Tiree, we bring you everything you need to enjoy being active in the unspoilt natural landscape of Tiree. Experience quality fitness training and sports coaching brought to you by resident pro triathlete Will Wright, explore Tiree on two wheels by hiring a bike, or relax with a massage and soak up the peace and tranquility that Tiree abounds in.

New bikes to hire on Tiree – easy quotes and booking available here

Tiree Fitness is based all year round on Tiree and offers services to visitors and local residents as well as promoting sport and physical activity in the local community. Explore the website, like us on Facebook, sign up for a workout, or grab a bike and go. We’ll see you on the beach.

Summer workouts on Tiree

Starting tomorrow, we’re putting together all the gym work into 3 weekly sessions which are open to all, and will take place whatever the weather:

Mondays 9am: Brick session – bike and run

Wednesdays 5pm: Intervals – run or bike

Fridays 9am: Game day – multi-sport challenge

Sessions are designed to get your fitness fired up, and for you to enjoy the amazing place that Tiree is. We’ve done workouts like this with views to basking sharks out in the bay, dolphin, whale, all the sea birds, wild flowers, fresh air…. it’s usually enough to keep your mind off the workout!

Everyone is welcome, the only pre-requisite being the willingness to come and enjoy a workout together, adapting what you do to suit your ability, and making sure you go away feeling the better for it.

Cost is just £4 per session

All sessions take place at Sandaig, we’re right next door to Ceabhar Restaurant, and it’s the perfect place for an outdoor gym. You’ll need to bring your own workout kit and if you’re going to use a bike you’ll need to bring one – we might have some hire bikes available but you’ll need to check in advance.

Contact Will at Tiree Fitness to get on board.

Tiree Music Festival Breakfast Club Run

Screen Shot 2015-06-25 at 13.12.28This years Tiree Music Festival (TMF) takes place from 17th to 19th July and is billed as the ‘best small festival in the UK’. Over recent years it has lived up to this title, delivering the biggest weekend on the island calendar, and providing an amazing experience for all the visitors that make the annual trip to Tiree.

Each morning, we’re going to be doing a Breakfast Club Run, going along Crossapol Beach and incorporating some yoga moves on the rocks, it’s a great kick start to the day. Nothing too strenuous but enough to get the endorphins flowing.

More details will be posted at the event, and for other event info go to the website http://tireemusicfestival.co.uk/ 

We’ve got a range of festival bikes for hire during the weekend. Tiree is a small island and great for exploring on a bike, there’s still bikes available and booking in advance is advised. Booking form is available here.

Ten Years of Running on Tiree – 10k & Half Marathon 2015

10k HM start low resAs if running 10km was not enough, strong winds and sideways rain seem to be a recurring theme over the previous years. This year was no exception, and with record numbers entered the 10k, and even more entered the half marathon (13.1 miles), the stage was set for another tough day.

  • 265 runners on the start line
  • Kids races on the beach
  • Local residents in all events
  • Lots of new faces as well as returning runners

Everyone set off together along Sorobaidh Beach, heading towards Hynish. An early sprint opened up a gap with a strong lead group including runners from Portobello and our own PE teacher Andy Rossiter. On the run back from Hynish the main bunch split up, with the Half Marathon runners going up and around through Sandaig, and the 10k runners going back round to the beach finish.

The under 16’s meanwhile ran their races, with 1km and 2km events and podium presentations to finish. It’s great to see all ages included, and even pram pushers taking part in the day.

In the 10k event, once back to the beach, it was Mr Rossiter who had made the break, establishing a lead with nobody else in sight. With a final sprint to the line he took the overall win, and was the only runner to go under 40mins (39:32). It’s taken 10 years, but it’s the first local resident to win the event, and a very worthy winner indeed – “Really enjoyable day and night. Great effort by all involved, especially those doing their first 1/2 marathon against that headwind!”

 

Back on the course, the half marathon was indeed battling against a headwind, having turned up the track at Kilkenneth towards Moss, and heading back through Heylipol it was against the wind the whole way.

 

At nine miles turning into the wind it was going to be my first and last half marathon! But once finished, i forgot the pain, and am now looking forward to the ultra marathon in September!” – Jo Vale

 

It was a really tough run for me, the longest I’ve ever done before, but all the cheery waves, tambourine shakes and pans being beaten encouraged me to keep going and complete the course!” – Ishbel Campbell

 

Ishbel and Jo both completed the Half Marathon, a fantastic achievement, and a great result for all the training they put in. Both runners are set to do the Ultra Marathon in September!

 

Meanwhile, the 10k finishers kept coming, with a top 20 finish from Sarah Holliday, and Stewart MacLennan as a last minute entry finishing high up. But everyone who finished should be pleased with their achievement, it was a tough day, and having so many people out on the course spurred all the runners on. In that sense, it was a team effort, and everyone played a part.

 

But the day was not yet done. The dance is now established a night not to miss. Oban band, Crackin’ Craic were on amazing form, and gave a fresh sound and an appropriate finish to the 10th year of the event. A raffle was held, and raised £600 to be given to Oban Mountain Rescue, with many runners commenting how this cause had been on their minds during the run, and had inspired them to keep going.

 

Special thanks to all the volunteers and helpers on the day. It was hard work this year, and yet everyone who contributed made the event a success, and created a wonderful atmosphere to enjoy being active on Tiree. Each year I receive lots of feedback about how supportive and friendly the volunteers are, and it’s that which makes the event special, so thank you for all the ways people helped at the event.

 

Next up – we’ve got a Trail Running Training Camp in June, open to local residents and visitors, and then it’s the Ultra Marathon in September. More details at www.tireefitness.co.uk

 

Any comments, feedback, concerns or suggestions about any of these events please contact Will on 421 or email will@tireefitness.co.uk and all finish times can be found on the website.

Training Camp dates for 2016

Here we go – dates for next year:

17th – 22nd March 2016 we will be hosting the Tiree Winter Training Camp. Arrive on the boat or plane on the Thursday, complete 5 days training, and leave the following Tuesday feeling thoroughly better for the experience.

We’ve got 12 spaces and bookings are now open. All you need to do is complete the booking form and pay the deposit and that’s you in. More details here.

Thanks everyone who made the 2015 camp so fantastic, we’re already thinking of new ideas and fresh challenges for next year. See you on the sunny isle :)

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It all starts next week

article-rentree-sportiveRight, it’s time to get classes started and get on the road to regaining some fitness. Starting next week we’ve got 2 classes that are guaranteed THE best way to get in shape and shed those winter cobwebs.

  • Highly effective
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Leaves you feeling much better for doing it

So taking the format for the classes we had before, but ramping it up a notch, this is the Kick Start Fast Track Fitness Super Series:

Mondays 6pm: Legs Bums Tums mega burn with an extra 20 minutes optional netball training
This is High Intensity Training (HIT), it’s super efficient, and we make it so any ability can get the most from this workout. It’s called Legs Bums Tums, those areas will definitely get worked, but it’s really the whole body. After the class you’re invited to stay on for some Netball

Thursdays 6pm: Circuits – variety is one of the key components of a successful fitness programme. The Circuit Class is the best way to provide this. Make your body work across loads of different movements and you’ll hit areas that other workouts miss. A great thing about this class is that absolutely everyone can do it. You work out at your own pace and you do the movements that work best for you. Everyone’s a winner!

All classes are £4 and take place at the school. Classes start Monday 12th January.