Barrathon

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Coordinates: 56°57′18″N 7°29′42″W / 56.955°N 7.495°W / 56.955; -7.495 The Barrathon is an annual half marathon which takes place on the Isle of Barra, which is the southern most inhabited isle of the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. The Barrathon was initially a single event to mark the millennium, and a chance to raise some money for charity at the same time. The Charity was MacMillan Cancer Support.

Recent winners[edit]

Table of recent winners. [1]

Year Date Finishers Time (h:m:s) Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner
2000 37 1:21:06 Simon Axon 01:42:09 Marsie Ewing
2001 46 1:25:51 Simon Axon 01:46:36 Heather McIntosh
2002 64 1:18:08 Terence Coyle 01:41:46 Gillian Mckelvie
2003 89 1:15:37 Stuart Gibson 01:33:07 Isobel Knox [2]
2004 87 1:16:23 Graham Beal 01:23:53 Janet Roxburgh
2005 2 July 98 1:22:16 Brendan Bolland 01:28:49 Megan Clarke
2006 1 July 114 1:13:13 Paul Freary 01:34:54 Isobel Knox[2]
2007 30 June 129 1:14:25 Jamie Reid 01:35:52 Amanda Henderson
2008 156 1:21:44 Benjamin Kemp 01:28:28 Michelle Hetherington
2009 4 Jul 167 1:19:33 Graham Beal 01:31:07 Marietta Beal
2010 162 1:16:27 Phil Mowbray 01:27:52 Megan Wright
2011 2 July 227 1:15:00 Jamie Reid 01:31:36 Gillian Carr
2012 250 1:20:53 Andrew Laycock 01:32:17 Gloria White
2013 29 June 242 1:13:13 Neil Renault [3] 01:30:10 Gloria White
2014 28 June 241 1:18:28 Ray Ward [4] 01:27:12 Eilis McKechanie [5]
2015 249 1:17:12 Ray Ward [4] 01:30:14 Megan Mowbray

Route[edit]

The Barrathon route is a clockwise circuit of the island, following an undulating course, the lowest point being near sea level and the highest point being just under 350 ft.

The route starts in Castlebay at about 60 ft falling quickly to sea level before rising to 100 ft around the 1-mile mark. The next 0.5 miles is mainly downhill and then the course undulates between sea level and 50 ft until the 4-mile mark.

From mile 4, the course climbs gradually as the route starts to head east, peaking at around 170 ft just past the 5.5-mile stage. The next 1.5 miles see the route drop back to sea level as the 7-mile mark is approached.

From miles 7 to 9, the route starts to work its way round the east coast of the island over a number of short, small climbs ranging from 50 ft to 90 ft. This is quickly followed by a downhill 0.5-mile and a gently undulating course to the 10.5-mile mark. From here the route climbs steeply to 340 ft at the 11.5-mile stage.

The route offers some respite with a mile long descent followed by a short but sharp climb of approximately 40 ft before a fairly steady run to the finish point in Castlebay.

The course was officially measured in 2008 by dion_networks on behalf of Scottishathletics and meets the minimum distance for a half marathon. The official record is over the measured course.

Fun Runs[edit]

There is also a "Fun Run" which is 3 miles. Runners must be 11 or over. Additionally, there is also a "Junior Fun Run" which is approximately 1 mile. The Junior Fun Run is for runners aged 4–10.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barrathon Results". The Barrathon. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Power of 10 profile for Isobel Knox
  3. ^ Power of 10 profile for Neil Renault
  4. ^ a b Power of 10 profile for Ray Ward
  5. ^ Power of 10 profile for Eilis McKechanie

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