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The Benbecula Half Marathon

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Saturday 6th June 2020

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Entries Open
Thursday 19th December 2019
Entries Close
Friday 17th April 2020
Entries so Far
81 Participants
Entry Fees
Entry Fee   £17.00   
(£2 discount for Scottish Athletics Members)
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The Route takes you clockwise around Benbecula over a fairly open and undulating route.  It leads through the flower rich machair grasslands, with the noisy oystercatcher, lapwing and redshank calling to their young to be alert as you pass by.  After 3.5 miles, you turn to cut across the islands through the blacklands.  Here it is not uncommon to see hen harriers and short-eared owls hunting during the day for food for their chicks.  At Market Stance, close to the 6 mile mark, you join the main north south spine road, and you should be mindful of the traffic.  The next turn, to the east, is just before 9 miles where again the birds provide most of the noise.  After 10 miles you'll be finally heading back to the school, turning left at the second entrance into the carpark and towards the finish line on the running track.

Our route has been revised and the start has been moved further to the west, so that the race can now finish on the sports track.  This should improve safety and it is hoped that more people will be able to cheer on runners over the finish line.

Please Note: Weather may be wet and windy, please prepare accordingly.

Prizes are up for grabs to runners in several categories. 

Individual prizes:
1st, 2nd and 3rd Male and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Female.

Veteran Categories:
1st Male Vet 40 – 44, 1st Male Vet 45 – 49, 1st Male Vet 50+, 1st Male Vet 60+
1st Female Vet 35 – 39, 1st Female Vet 40 – 44, 1st Female Vet 45+, 1st Female Vet 55+

Fastest Local:
These popular prizes are for the 1st local Male and 1st local Female, who have not won an individual nor Vet prize.

Team Prize:
The fastest three runners from a Male team and Female team.  Teams must have at least three runners, but only the first three runners will receive a prize. These runners may have already have won an earlier prize.

And £100 if you set a new male or female course record!

This will be a Scottish Athletics Licensed Event and operated Under UK Athletics rules.

Entry fee for 2020 remains at £17 with a £2 deduction for Scottish Athletics Members.
If you need to cancel your place in the race, refunds will be offered up to 30 April 2020, and incur a £5 administration fee.

Please note, runners should be 17 years or older on race day.

Registration

Please register:

We encourage runners to register on SI entries but other options are available. 

- at Lionacleit School on the Friday night before race day from 18:00 to 20:30, (we'll be near the front entrance),

- on the day from 09:30 until 10:30.

The race starts at 11:00 and if you have pre-registered, please arrive no later that 10:30.

Walkers are very welcome, and will start at 09:30am, though note, walkers time may not be recorded.

Transport

We arrange a minibus to meet the Lochmaddy Friday night ferry, taking passengers to Sgoil Lionacleit, and returning in time to catch the Saturday afternoon ferry back to Uig.
If you have booked transport from the ferry terminal on the Friday night, could you please email us directly with your accommodation details. Cost is £6pp each way.  **Please note seats are limited so booking is essential**

Runner info

**Bring your swimming gear - your entry fee allows you a free swim afterwards.
Please tell reception staff that you have run the Half, and bring swimwear (not running shorts). Thank you.**


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