August 29, 2010 § 3 Comments
Once upon a time I was young and fit. I ran, swam, cycled, played football, rugby, badminton, squash and fitted into a 28 waist. And then beer and good food and my thirties got in the way. So at 35 I decided enough was enough and signed up for a 10K race, trained and after losing almost 2 stone over the last few months, will be race fit for next Sunday’s Great Scottish Run.
My Uncle N was a prolific runner, a member of Stornoway Running and Athletics Club, with a slew of races and half marathons under his belt. I remember running the castle grounds with him when I was younger and doing the Uig circuit taking in Cnip, Valtos, Miavaig, Uigen and Reef where he left me for dust on the final leg and had breakfast cooking by the time I reached home. He also tells a good tale about running from Bernera to Stornoway and being so dehydrated he started seeing monkeys…
Anyway, I always liked his SRAC tee shirts and next year I hope to complete The Heb 3 and earn myself one.
The Heb3 Race series is organised by Stornoway Running and Athletics Club and aims to boost overall entries to the island’s five half marathons, by encouraging runners to run at least three of the five races.
The challenge is to complete at least three of the five Western Isles Half Marathons – Stornoway, Harris, Benbecula, Barra or Skye in any one year. This is the longest running series of half marathons in Scotland, and 2010 saw the events coming of age – the 21st event. It is a hugely popular race series, with increasing entries every year. In particular, the Barra race, which is only able to support limited numbers, sells out early every year. The series opened with the Stornoway half marathon, which this year celebrated its 25th anniversary, and involved a weekend of festivities including a popular local ceilidh. The series ends with the Harris half marathon, which traditionally involves post race celebrations, both locally and on the ferry!
All runners who complete at least three of the five races are presented with a running t-shirt with the HEB3 logo designed by Iain Bom Mackay of SRAC. In addition, runners who complete all five races will have their t-shirt overprinted with “rinn mise na coig” (I did the five) on the back. These are quality running vests, (previous brands have included Saucony, Ron Hill, Adidas, Mizuno, Craft, etc) and are sought after by the Heb3 runners. They are not available for purchase.
Watch this space!