Post Race Press Release The 9Th Rousay Lap Half Marathon The sun shone a bit and the dry was dry and warm for the 2017 Rousay Lap Half Marathon, held on Saturday 26th August 2017. This was the 9th annual event organised by Rousay Egilsay & Wyre Development Trust and we once again saw record numbers of participants. A total of 145 competitors took part, including 89 cyclists, 41 runners and 15 walkers, circumnavigating the island in near perfect weather conditions. The results for the cyclists were: • The fastest male cyclist at 39 mins and 21 secs was Tom Lynch who came second in last year’s Lap. • The fastest female cyclist at 46 mins and 37 secs was Carol Armour, who was also in 3rd place overall. • The Under 16’s titles go to Gavin Green at 48 mins 02 secs, with Kristan Evans (last year’s under 16 winner) close behind at 51 mins 55 secs for the boys, and 1 hr 05 mins and 25 secs for Rousay’s own Catherine Green, for the girls. • The fastest adult male local (to Rousay, Egilsay & Wyre) to complete the lap was once again cyclist Johnny Peace at 57 mins and 22 secs, the first local female was Jo Inkster with a time of 1 hr 04 mins and 12 secs . The results for the runners were: • The first male runner over the line, in a time of 1 hr 32 mins 42 secs, was Davie Macleod. • Mairi Dorward was the 1st female runner in 1 hr 45 mins and 33 secs. • The fastest local runner was Gill Wigley with a time of 3 hrs 03 mins and 36 secs. The results for the walkers were: • Christine Tulloch was the fastest female walker this year, crossing the Finish line at 2 hrs 57 mins and 30 secs • The first male to complete the circuit this year was Rousay’s very own Brian Noakes with a time of 3 hrs and 28 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 & Radio Orkney’s Kirsten Leonard for helping out on the day and the Rousay and Wyre Ladies RNLI Guild and Sarah Odling from the Pier Restaurant who provided refreshments and food after the Finish line raising funds for the RNLI. A huge thank you goes once again to all the volunteer marshals as well as Matt Wigley for providing our first aid cover and the ambulance team for the use of the 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 London, Aberdeenshire, Dundee, Liverpool, Kent and Sweden . Next year’s race will again take place on the last Saturday in August, which will be the 25thAugust 2017! We look forward to seeing you all again next year, and hopefully the midges won’t be out in such large numbers on the finish line!