Enjoy a flavour of the Bank Holiday Weekend on Tiree.
The occasion is the 2017 Tiree 10K and Half Marathon.
This event is 12 years old and draws runners from all over.
The journey to the Isle of Tiree is in itself an aperitif.
Travel by ferry from Oban and you pass through stunning scenery.
The arrival in Gott Bay awakens the senses to what you are about to experience.
Arrive by plane and you fly over mountain peaks.
As you descend you have a view of various Hebridean Isles.
You may identify the Isles of Mull, Iona, Colonsay, Jura, Staffa and more.
On Friday evening a charter flight from Glasgow brought guests from Paris.
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The starter consists of Registration and Race Briefing.
You may well have to first locate your accommodation.
There is a choice – camping, bunkhouse, B&B, self-catering, 1 of 2 hotels.
Registration is open on the Friday evening and Saturday morning.
All participants go away with a goody-bag that includes a race t-shirt.
Some contestants have done it all before, for others it’s a new experience.
The essential race briefing is at 12:45 at An Talla.
(An Talla is the island’s community hall at Crossapol)
This is immediately followed by the “Kids’ Events’ on Soroby Beach.
(For child protection purposes these photographs are not published.)
The Main Course
The island itself is the platter
The 10k and half marathon form the main course.
Both races start and finish on the show-stopper Soroby Beach.
Waiters (Marshalls) are on hand to assist and to point the way.
Across the beach, then heading for Balemartine, Mannal and Hynish.
Runners have to turn round and head back towards Balinoe where the courses split.
For dessert there is the dance and award ceremony.
Some how legs that were tired and aching find new energy.
At this event all are winners it is just that some end up on the podium.
It is a fun filled evening as runners and their supporters enjoy themselves.
The Restaurant – The Isle of Tiree
The Chef – Will Wright of Tiree Fitness
The Kitchen Team – led by Becky Wright
Waiters – many of the Tiree residents assisted by visitors
The event featured on BBC Radio Scotland
Will Wright is interviewed on ‘Out For The Weekend’.
Over the 12 years that this annual sporting event has been running
It has grown from an event primarily for those living on Tiree
to an event that draws people from all over the UK
and even from beyond the UK’s shores –
this year there was a team from Paris.
2017 was so popular it was fully subscribed
So when bookings for 2018 open
you had better book your table.
For the full flavour you must come to the table!
This is ‘Life on Tiree’.