King Kenneth's Hill Race

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2009 Race Report

by Roddy (Poker) MacDonald

The largest number of competitors ever to compete in the Annual Ben Kenneth Hill race turned out for the 40th anniversary of this popular event.  Fifty eight runners started with only two of these failing to complete the course.
Conditions were near perfect with a slight south easterly breeze on a clear warm evening and, as usual, a large crowd turned out to watch the race.  Tidal conditions meant a slightly shorter swim for those who chose to do so and the majority of runners had to wade through water up to their waists to try and get the shortest crossing onto the hill.
The race was won by Steve Fallon from Edinburgh in a time of 36 minutes 21 seconds with two local boys Donald MacPherson from Benbecula second in 39 minutes 10 seconds and Angus Campbell from Iochdar third 2 seconds behind with his brother Donald fourth in 43 minutes 15 seconds.  Fifth was Andrew Barr from Lochgilphead, a past winner closely followed by locals Angus Walker and Adam Bruce.
The first lady home was Debbie MacDonald from North Uist in 51 minutes 45 seconds, “Molly” Alexander second in 53 minutes 32 seconds with Teresa MacLellan third in 54 minutes 26 seconds.
The applause and horn hooting which greet each runner whenever they come in the race is an experience commented on by all who participate and is one of the reasons so many competitors make the yearly visit to South Uist for the event.
The Ben Kenneth Shield for the first local competitor home was won by Donald MacPherson and the Jim Cross Shield for the first competitor over 35 years of age was won by Steve Fallon.
Special mention must be given to those local competitors, now living on the mainland who make the journey home every year to compete in the race and those who previously competed who now come home to support the event. Also those locals who, regardless of conditions or lack of training always compete.  Most runners also bettered their time from last year.
This year’s entry saw runners from throughout Scotland and England with a competitor from Dublin and two “older” exiles competing for the first time.  Margaret Noble (ex MacRury, Loch Carnan) from Berkshire competed the race in 1 hour 13 minutes 21 seconds but Andrew MacQuarrie, back home from California to compete in his 60th year, a number of years younger than Margaret, didn’t manage to complete the course.  Obviously, the rolling hills of California where he did his training are no match for Ben Kenneth!!
The presentation and raffle were held later at Lochboisdale Hotel and the prizes were presented by Eoghainn MacLachlainn, one of the original organizers of the race and still involved in the organization of the event.
Thanks are due to all those who helped on the night, the safety boats and all the competitors and spectators that help to make the night such a success.

Sunday August 2nd 2009 at 7.30pm


Year Finish Time First Name Second Name Town Gender Local BK No Item
2009 1 36.21 Steve Fallon Edinburgh M No BK275 646
2009 2 39.10 Donald Macpherson Benbecula M Yes BK268 647
2009 3 39.12 Angus Campbell Iochdar M Yes BK270 648
2009 4 43.15 Donald P Campbell Eochar M Yes BK209 649
2009 5 43.56 Andrew Barr Lochgilphead M No BK148 650
2009 6 44.05 Angus Walker Ormiclate M Yes BK276 651
2009 7 44.17 Adam Bruce Lochboisdale M Yes BK087 652
2009 8 44.40 Craig MacIver Back M Yes BK240 653
2009 9 44.48 T Smith Oban M Yes BK277 654
2009 10 45.30 Donald P Campbell South Lochboisdale M Yes BK278 655
2009 11 46.02 M Diver Clydebank M No BK279 656
2009 12 46.54 Bill Barker Stonybridge M No BK280 657
2009 13 47.28 Fergal Lally Dublin M No BK281 658
2009 14 47.49 Stephen Scott Lochboisdale M Yes BK243 659
2009 15 48.01 M Thomas Penrith M No BK282 660
2009 16 48.57 A Blunt South Lochboisdale M No BK283 661
2009 17 49.47 James Dryden Dundee M No BK224 662
2009 18 50.08 Neil MacInnes Lochboisdale M Yes BK251 663
2009 19 50.13 Seonaidh E Steele Lochboisdale M Yes BK193 664
2009 20 50.30 Andrew Shaw Lochcarnan M Yes BK284 665
2009 21 50.47 John J Campbell South Lochboisdale M Yes BK225 666
2009 22 51.40 Craig Aplin Manchester M No BK285 667
2009 23 51.45 Debra MacDonald Lochmaddy F No BK244 668
2009 24 52.40 B Cantley Lochboisdale M No BK286 669
2009 25 52.49 D Cantley Lochboisdale M No BK287 670
2009 26 53.32 Kathleen Alexander South Boisdale F Yes BK142 671
2009 27 54.26 Teresa MacLellan Kilphedar F Yes BK228 672
2009 28 55.33 Kevin MacGilvary Lochboisdale M Yes BK198 673
2009 29 55.38 Ali MacLeod Daliburgh M Yes BK261 674
2009 30 56.12 Donald R MacRury Creagorry M Yes BK048 675
2009 31 57.58 Frannie MacPhee South Boisdale M Yes BK288 676
2009 32 57.59 George MacDonald Lochboisdale M Yes BK289 677
2009 33 58.23 Donald J MacDonald Lochboisdale M Yes BK252 678
2009 34 58.30 Amy MacDonald Stilligarry F Yes BK290 679
2009 35 59.05 David Conway Glasgow M Yes BK291 680
2009 36 59.14 Clair Scott Lochboisdale F Yes BK242 681
2009 37 59.18 D Rigby Cambridge M No BK292 682
2009 38 61.16 Alastair MacLean Lochboisdale M Yes BK257 683
2009 39 61.17 A Ranald MacDonald South Lochboisdale M Yes BK293 684
2009 40 62.38 Fraser Nicholson Milton M No BK183 685
2009 41 62.38 Morag Nicholson Milton F Yes BK184 686
2009 42 67.17 Kirsten Walker Ormiclate F Yes BK294 687
2009 43 67.55 Ronald MacLeod Lochboisdale M Yes BK260 688
2009 44 73.21 M Noble Berkshire M No BK295 689
2009 45 74.49 M Rigby Cambridge M No BK296 690
2009 46 74.56 Lucian Miers South Lochboisdale M Yes BK234 691
2009 47 75.00 Marie Campbell Daliburgh F Yes BK297 692
2009 48 75.10 Derdrie MacEachen Lochboisdale F Yes BK298 693
2009 49 75.53 Claire Treasurer Oban F No BK299 694
2009 50 76.00 Roddy A Steele Lochboisdale M Yes BK046 695
2009 51 78.49 J Aplin Manchester M No BK302 696
2009 52 78.54 Catriona Walker Lochboisdale F Yes BK300 697
2009 53 80.27 Jane MacIntyre Lochboisdale F Yes BK301 698
2009 54 97.07 Donald J Steele South Lochboisdale M Yes BK303 699
2009 55 97.08 A Steele South Lochboisdale F Yes BK304 700
2009 56 99.97 Angus J Scott Ormiclate M Yes BK022 701
2009 57 99.98 S Curran Manchester M No BK305 702
2009 58 99.99 Andrew MacQuarrie California M Yes BK306 703





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