Entries open for Arran runs

A field of 91 runners set off on the Isle of Arran half marathon at Blackwaterfoot in 2018.

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Look out those running shoes as entries are now open for two road events on Arran.

The first is the Ormidale 10 kilometres which takes place on Sunday April 28 and the second is the Shiskine half marathon, being held this year on Sunday June 30.

Last year, the 30th anniversary of the Arran Runners organised 10k, there was a strong field of 81 entrants, including 23 locals and it is hoped even more island runners may take part this year.

The course is flat and is on public roads. It starts and finishes at noon at the Ormidale Pavilion in Brodick and follows the main road north along the coast for 5k, returning the same way. There are markers at each kilometre.

Sponsored by the Ormidale Hotel,trophies are awarded to the first male and female athlete. Subject to their being sufficient entries then shield will be presented in the following categories: U18M, SM, M40, M50, M60, U18W, SW, W40, W50, W60, first team of three, first male and female local novice.

If you want something of a sterner challenge, the 13.1-mile Shiskine half marathon may be what you are looking for. A total of 91 runners took part in the event last year, which was held in sweltering temperatures.

Starting at noon the route takes runners on a figure of nine from Blackwaterfoot up to Shiskine, across the Rodden, up to Machrie, across the Machrie Moor road and back to Blackwaterfoot via the String.

Trophies are awarded to the first male and female athlete. Awards will be presented in the following categories: SM, M40, M50, M60, SW, W40, W50, W60 and the first team of three.

There was a double win for Ayr Seaforth AC last year, with Kenny Neill taking the men’s title in a time of 1:17:43 and Laura Wallace winning the women’s race in a time of 1:28:16.

The event is run by Shiskine Valley Improvements and the registration, start and end will be at Blackwaterfoot playing field, and not at the Kinloch Hotel as in previous years. There will be five water stations on the course which is marked at every mile.

Entry for both events is via www.sientries.co.uk where full details are available.

Runners at the start of the Isle of Arran Ormidale 10k last year.