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Tiree 10K & Half Marathon

Event date: Saturday 2nd May 2015

The Tiree 10k & Half Marathon is an annual event on the Hebridean island of Tiree. Known for its un-spoilt beaches, clean air, sunshine, crystal waters and relaxed pace of life – Tiree is a fantastic place to come and race. We welcome all abilities whether you walk, jog, run, or are racing for a podium spot and a pb. The Tiree 10k & Half Marathon is about the enjoyment of running, the challenge of the race, and embracing the stunning Hebridean environment. 

The Tiree 10k started in 2006 and has grown to be a much anticipated event on the island calendar. We added the Half Marathon in 2013 and it’s proved itself to be a really popular event. Visiting runners are welcome along with local residents and we’ve had people travel from as far as Slovakia and Brazil just to do the race. The atmosphere is friendly and continues into the night with the legendary Trail West dance at An Talla. There’s a prizegiving in the evening with prizes for top overall results, age groups, teams and some spot prizes.

Pre-entry: Opening soon 

Registration and Sign inFriday 6pm – 8pm & Saturday 10am – 1pm

If you’ve pre-entered you just need to sign in, pick up your race number, ask us any questions, and fuel up at the Cafe! 

Race briefing: Saturday 1pm in the hall – this is not compulsory but it’s a good idea to attend this, and it’s a great atmosphere in the hall before the event, so come along and calm those pre-race nerves!

Race start time: 2pm on the beach – a short walk from the hall

Chocolates & Charms Cafe: This is open in the hall all day on Saturday and will be serving loads of tasty bites to fuel up before, and re-fuel after – runners and spectators welcome.

Trail West Dance: Doors open 8pm. “The best dance of the year!” Tickets available at registration and throughout the day. This really is one of the best nights of the year, and it usually sells out so get your tickets early. There’s a licensed bar so entry to the dance is for ages 14 and over (any under 18′s must be accompanied by an adult).

Prizegiving: 9pm at the hall. Limited entry will be allowed for those not staying for the dance – subject to space in the hall!

Under 16′s events: There will be beach running events for kids from 2pm and their prize giving will take place on the beach straight after the run. All runners get a medal and there are prizes for top 3 finishers. Sign up is on the day at registration.

Getting to Tiree: If you’re not sure how to get to Tiree then have a look at the About page on this website. There’s a ferry service from Oban and a plane from Glasgow which both arrive on Saturday with sufficient time for you to get to the start line. There’s a return service on Sunday.

Travel on Tiree: Bike Hire is available through Tiree Fitness – definitely book in advance. There’s also a Ring n Ride bus service and car hire available – details and maps at www.isleoftiree.com. Tiree is only 11 miles long, it’s fine on bikes but it’s a long walk from the pier, especially if you’re saving energy for the run!

The 10km course: It will follow the same route as previous years; starting on the beach and then following the road to Hynish and back, returning on the road past Island House before getting back on the beach for the finish. It’s a stunning course with amazing views out to sea and distant islands. There’s no hills and the road is twisty and undulating to keep things interesting.

The Half Marathon course: It will start by following the 10km course to Hynish and back. But at the Balinoe junction the runners will take a left turn and head up to Heylipol Church. The course then follows the road West through Barrapol, Sandaig and Kilkenneth. There’s a right turn onto a gravel track leading over to the Moss road. From here it’s back to Heylipol Church and then left past Chocolates & Charms and all the way to Pattersons corner and onto the beach for the finish. It’s a course with a few ups and downs in the second half but nothing too taxing. There’s plenty of variety and good views to keep you occupied.

Walking: You’re encouraged to run at your own pace and if that means walking a bit then that’s fine. Walkers are welcome but if you intend to walk the entire distance we would ask that you enter the 10k event. The event has been really popular with walkers and it adds to the whole atmosphere of the day and means that everyone is in good company and nobody is left behind.

What do I get for finishing? You get an event T-Shirt, a goody bag and chance to win some spot prizes. There’s prizes for top 3 finishers and age group winners. Prizes come from Tiree’s artists, potters, chocolatiers and jewellers – there’s no cheap plastic trophies!

Entry fee: £12 for the 10k and £15 for the half marathon. Entries online or by filling in an entry form and returning with cheque to Tiree Fitness.

Fundraising: The event has always donated profits to community groups – Tiree Pipe Band, Duke of Edinburgh, Windsurf Club, Tiree Sports Foundation, Tiree Tots, Mainly Music … We will continue to do this and runners are also welcome to raise funds for their own causes. There will be a raffle in the evening with proceeds going to local voluntary groups.

Previous Results:

Course records:

10km Male: Stuart Greenway, 35:28 – 2013 event

10km Female: Christine Milne, Lothian RC, 43:28 – 2010 event

HM Male: Michael Deason,Shettlestone Harriers, 1:13:28 – 2013 event

HM Female: Catherine Stewart, Kilbarchan AAC, 1:35:57 – 2013 event

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