King Kenneth's Hill Race

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2008 Race Report

by Roddy (Poker) MacDonald

The annual Ben Kenneth Hill Race was held in perfect conditions on Sunday night at 7.30pm.
As usual a large crowd of spectators turned up at Lochboisdale pier to cheer on the 33 competitors who took part.
A high spring tide meant a longer run for the non-swimming runners and also meant that those who chose to swim the sea channel also had an energy sapping time in the water.
The race was won by Alex Keith from Inverness running for the first time in a very respectable time of 37 minutes 12 seconds followed home by local previous winner Donald Alan MacLellan in 40 minutes 30 seconds with Donald MacPherson from Benbecula 3rd in 41 minutes 08 seconds.  Fourth was David Gumley from Glasgow after attending to his best man duties at a wedding on the Friday with further celebrations on the Saturday evening in 41 minutes 32 seconds and fifth was local lad Angus Campbell from Iochdar, in his first race in a time of 41 minutes 40 seconds.
First lady went to Molly Alexander in 57 minutes 59 seconds who promised that she would be back to defend her title next year with Joanna Matthews second in 64 minutes 50 seconds, Joanna having travelled from Leicestershire.
The winner, a solicitor from Inverness commented “I have run in races throughout Scotland and this event has a unique atmosphere.  The welcome from the spectators when you approach the finish line on the pier with the applause and the hooting of car horns is something I have never experienced before.  I thought it was great.”
At a lively prize giving at Lochboisdale Hotel the Ben Kenneth Shield, for the first local was presented to Donald A MacLellan who also won the Jim Cross Memorial Shield for the first competitor over 35 years of age by Donald Steele of Lochboisdale whose family have supported the event by competing over many years with two of his sons having travelled from the mainland to take part this year. Each competitor was presented with a unique Ben Kenneth Hill Race medal produced by Uist Crafts and a certificate to mark their achievement.

Sunday August 3rd 2008 at 7.30pm

Year Finish Time First Name Second Name Town Gender Local BK No Item
2008 1 37.12 Alex Keith Inverness M No BK267 613
2008 2 40.30 Donald A MacLellan Kilphedar M Yes BK082 614
2008 3 41.08 Donald MacPherson Benbecula M Yes BK268 615
2008 4 41.32 David Gumley Glasgow M No BK269 616
2008 5 41.40 Angus Campbell Iochdar M Yes BK270 617
2008 6 44.15 Jimmy Dryden Dundee M No BK224 618
2008 7 44.42 Stephen Scott Lochboisdale M Yes BK243 619
2008 8 48.47 David MacLellan Benbecula M Yes BK271 620
2008 9 51.35 Craig MacIver Back M Yes BK240 621
2008 10 54.50 John J Campbell South Lochboisdale M Yes BK225 622
2008 11 55.18 Neil MacInnes Lochboisdale M Yes BK251 623
2008 12 57.59 Kathleen Alexander South Boisdale F Yes BK142 624
2008 13 63.05 Seonaidh E Steele Lochboisdale M Yes BK193 625
2008 14 63.06 Donald R MacRury Creagorry M Yes BK048 626
2008 15 63.25 James MacEachen Lochboisdale M Yes BK256 627
2008 16 64.05 Joanna Matthews Leicestershire F No BK272 628
2008 17 64.14 Ronnie Conway Lochboisdale M Yes BK113 629
2008 18 64.18 Frazer Nicholson Edinburgh M Yes BK183 630
2008 19 64.27 Duncan A Steele Askernish M Yes BK189 631
2008 20 64.45 Colin Scott Daliburgh M Yes BK222 632
2008 21 65.35 Andy Ormerod Oxford M No BK273 633
2008 22 67.00 Peter Matthews Leicestershire M Yes BK274 634
2008 23 69.49 Ruiraidh Steele Lochboisdale M Yes BK133 635
2008 24 70.50 David Steele Askernish M Yes BK187 636
2008 25 72.06 Alastair MacLean Kilphedar M Yes BK257 637
2008 26 72.07 Alastair MacLeod Gramsdale M Yes BK262 638
2008 27 73.35 Clair Scott Lochboisdale F Yes BK242 639
2008 28 73.56 Roddy A Steele Lochboisdale M Yes BK046 640
2008 29 73.57 Angus J Scott Bornish M Yes BK022 641
2008 30 75.00 Sandra MacIntyre Kilphedar F Yes BK264 642
2008 31 83.43 Farquhar Steele Lochboisdale M Yes BK034 643
2008 32 85.00 Neil Campbell Kilbride M Yes BK253 644
2008 33 99.00 Morag L MacIntyre North Boisdale F Yes BK206 645





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