2018 Rousay Lap

2018 Rousay Lap

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The 10th Rousay Lap Half Marathon

The rain poured down in the morning but by 12 noon when the race started we had some sunshine, the race time remained mostly dry, but we did have a few showers for the 2018 Rousay Lap Half Marathon, held on Saturday 25th August 2018.  This was the 10th annual event organised by Rousay Egilsay & Wyre Development Trust and we once again saw record numbers of participants.  A total of 125 competitors took part, including 80 cyclists, 28 runners and 17 walkers, circumnavigating the island.

Photos are now on Facebook and the official results table can be accessed here.  Please also go onto the Around Rousay Facebook page for the official finish line photos - Thank you Kayleigh.

The results for the cyclists were:

  • The fastest male cyclist at 40 mins and 21 secs was Alec Marwick.
  • The fastest female cyclist and 2nd place overall at 45 mins and 05 secs was Alison Leitch. 
  • 3rd place cyclist was Stephen Woodward at 46 mins 10 secs
  • The fastest under 16 boy cyclist was Adam Mackie at 50 mins 37 secs and the fastest under 16s girl was Rousay's own Catherine Green in 1 hour 9 min.
  • The Local (REW) title go to Gavin Green at 51 mins 56 secs.     
  • The fastest local (REW) under 16 boy was Ewan Flaws in 1 hour 57 mins and 27 secs and the fastest local (REW) girl was Catherine Green in 1 hours 09 mins.     

The results for the runners were:

  • The first male runner over the line, in a time of 1 hr 28 mins 40 secs, was Timothy Ross.
  • Second place went to Davie Macleod (who came first last year) in a time of 1 hour 32 mins 7 secs 
  • Third place went to Kate Jenkins (also first female runner) in 1 hr 39 mins and 27 secs.
  • The fastest local (REW) runner was wants again Gill Wigley with a time of 2 hrs 16 mins and 34 secs.   

The results for the walkers were:

  • Mervyn Tait was the fastest male walker this year, crossing the finish line at 2 hrs 46 mins and 35 secs
  • Second place went to Mantga Lonst 3 hours 8 mins 30 secs
  • Third place and first female walker to complete the circuit this year was Alette Kattenberg with a time of 3 hrs 08 mins and 31 secs. 

Once again, based on overwhelming feedback taken at the end of last year’s Lap, the route was anti-clockwise around the island.  The course is very challenging with some very steep sections, but all participants seemed to have enjoyed the day. 

Rousay, Egilsay & Wyre Development Trust would like to thank Scottish Water & Tesco Stores, for providing the water, & Paula Campbell from Tesco’s Kirkwall store & the Rousay and Wyre Ladies RNLI Guild and the Crafthub at the Pier who provided refreshments and food after the Finish line raising funds for the RNLI to the amount of £909.55. 

A huge thank you goes once again to all the volunteer marshals as well as Matt & John at Scottish Ambulance Service for providing our first aid cover and the use of the ambulance vehicle and finally for everyone who cheered the participants over the finish line for making the day such a great success!

Again, this year we had cyclists and runners not only from Orkney but from as far afield as North Wales, Aberdeenshire, Surrey, Twickenham, Gloucester, Peebles, Sanday, Rotterdam, Bridge of Weir, Motherwell, Thirsk, Ardgay and Mold.

This year we had Liam McArthur taking part he cycled round in 1hr:09mins:55secs and world class distance runner William Sichel who walked the race in 3 hr:44mins and 27secs.

It is always great to see people returning year after year but this year we’d like to mention Johnny Edwards from the Kirkwall Hotel.  Johnny first did the Lap 3 years ago when he weighed 22 stone, this was the start of his new diet and exercise plan.  Three years (and 2 more Laps later, plus many other similar races) later Johnny has lost 9 stone.  Johnny would like to thank his family for all the support they have given him during this time.

Next year’s race will again take place on the last Saturday in August, which will be the 31 August 2018.  We look forward to seeing you all again next year, and hopefully the rain will stay away too!