King Kenneth's Hill Race

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2014 Race Results

ISLANDERS DOMINATE BEN KENNETH RACE

Report by Iain Smith

Runners from the Western Isles took all the honours in the Ben Kenneth hill race held in Lochboisdale on Sunday August 3rd with the men's race winner, William MacRury from Borve in Lewis being the only non Uibhisteach to finish in the top three places in each race.

Weather conditions on the day forced the race organisers to shorten the race as low cloud covered the summit of the 276m summit of Ben Kenneth. The decision not to run the race to the summit was taken for safety reasons, as race organiser Ralph Thompson explains: "Two years ago a runner was injured on the summit and had to be lifted off the hill by the Stornoway Coastguard helicopter. If such an incident was to happen tonight then because of the fog, we wouldn't have been able to rescue any runner who might have picked up an injury. So reluctantly we decided to shorten the race to avoid any risk to the runners."

This is thought to be the first time in the races' 41 year history that this happened.

A crowd of around 200 people saw Lewis man William MacRury lead the field of 40 runners from start to finish. He crossed the finish line in a time of 26;06, over 40 seconds ahead of Kilpheder's D A MacLellan who finished in 26:49. Iochdar's Angus Campbell was third in 28:06.

In the women's race, Lorna MacLeod from Milton, retained the title she won last year, finishing in a time of 38:34. She was followed by the trio of Morag MacKinnon, Kenna MacInnes and Molly Alexander who crossed the line together in joint second place in 42:10.

Heavy overnight rain made conditions underfoot made the already challenging course even more difficult. Race winner William MacRury said: "The ground was a bit slippery in places but I think most of the runners coped well with the conditions.'

One runner, 52 year old Neil MacRury from Benbecula took part in the Lochboisdale event despite having competed, and coming first in, Lochmaddy's Ben Lee race the previous day!


Sunday August 3rd 2014 at 7.30pm

Year Finish Time First Name Second Name Town Gender Local BK No Item
2014 1 26.06 William MacRury Benbecula M Yes BK388 925
2014 2 26.49 Donald A MacLellan Kilphedar M Yes BK121 926
2014 3 28.06 Angus Campbell Iochdar M Yes BK270 927
2014 4 28.42 James Stoddard Carloway M No BK929 928
2014 5 30.23 Cairn Gavin London M No BK419 929
2014 6 33.15 David Harris Edinburgh M No BK420 930
2014 7 34.47 Neil MacInnes Lochboisdale M Yes BK251 931
2014 8 35.28 John J Campbell South Lochboisdale M Yes BK225 932
2014 9 36331 Stephen Scott Lochboisdale M Yes BK243 933
2014 10 36.54 Bill Barker Stonybridge M No BK280 934
2014 11 37.12 Donald Peteranna Loch Eynort M Yes BK343 935
2014 12 37.17 Andrew Barr Lochgilphead M No BK148 936
2014 13 37.44 Calum Campbell Iochdar M Yes BK320 937
2014 14 37.49 Neil MacRury Balivanich M Yes BK221 938
2014 15 38.34 Donald J MacDonald Lochboisdale M Yes BK252 939
2014 16 38.34 Lorna MacLeod Milton F Yes BK318 940
2014 17 38.54 Hector MacDonald South Lochboisdale M No BK421 941
2014 18 39.51 Davie MacKenzie Lasgar M Yes BK406 942
2014 19 40.18 Joseph MacInnes Stonybridge M Yes BK422 943
2014 20 40.50 Ruaraidh Steele Lochboisdale M Yes BK133 944
2014 21 41.49 Alaistair Steele South Lochboisdale M Yes BK344 945
2014 22 42.10 Kathleen Alexander South Boisdale F Yes BK142 946
2014 23 42.11 Kenna MacInnes Eriskay F Yes BK423 947
2014 24 42.12 Morag MacKinnon Kilphedar F Yes BK424 948
2014 25 42.34 Daisy Hayes South Lochboisdale F Yes BK425 949
2014 26 42.35 Nell Hayes South Lochboisdale F Yes BK426 950
2014 27 43.11 Seonaidh E Steele Lochboisdale M Yes BK193 951
2014 28 45.25 George Young Glasgow M No BK427 952
2014 29 45.38 Donald R MacRury Creagorry M Yes BK048 953
2014 30 45.39 Donald MacKinnon Lochboisdale M Yes BK073 954
2014 31 45.50 Iain MacKinnon Eriskay M Yes BK428 955
2014 32 46.16 Mary Ellen Campbell South Lochboisdale F Yes BK400 956
2014 33 49.32 John Steele South Lochboisdale M Yes BK017 957
2014 34 51.03 Micheal MacIsaac West Kilbride M Yes BK429 958
2014 35 51.41 Roddy A Steele Lochboisdale M Yes BK046 959
2014 36 53.30 Donald MacKenzie Lochboisdale M Yes BK112 960
2014 37 53.31 Gordon Tomson Castle Douglass M No BK430 961
2014 38 54.47 Jenifer MacDonald Lochboisdale F Yes BK431 962
2014 39 55.00 Rebecca Rennell Stonybridge F Yes BK355 963
2014 40 55.01 Morag Nicholson Milton F Yes BK184 964





Note:
Unfortunately over the years some of the records of the past runners have been lost ( 1970 to 1984 ).
So anyone with any information, could help by sending it to me via e-mail to benkenneth@ianbinnie.me.uk

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