The First Rousay Peedie 5K Lap
What a fantastic first Rousay Peedie 5K Lap, sponsored by the Rousay, Egilsay & Wyre Development Trust, with 81 people taking part on a dry day with some cloud and a bit of sunshine too. The race began at the Rousay War Memorial taking runners and young cyclists up the hill to the main Rousay circular road, and then on to the Fire Station and back to the finish line at the entrance to Trumland House.
“We were very pleased to see so many people taking part.” said race organiser Helen Castle. “Of the 81 in total, 42 people were local to Rousay with 39 travelling on the ferry. We had an amazing 35 children under the age of 16 who were all really enthusiastic and really entered into the fun of the day.”
Advertised primarily as a run/walk race, the Peedie Lap also welcomed younger cyclists (accompanied by an adult), so primary school aged children were able to choose whether they wanted to run, cycle or walk the lap.
All participants received a certificate and finishers medal at the finish line, which was thankfully midgie-free, whilst back at the Race Registration, at the Heritage Centre by the Rousay Pier, the Rousay and Wyre RNLI Guild sold soup and sandwiches to raise funds. “We are always so grateful to the RNLI ladies, they provide such valuable sustenance at the end of our races” continued Helen “The food and donations amounted to £213.52 in total.”
Huge thanks also go to Rousay Fire Station for holding an Open Day at the Peedie Lap’s half way point, and a ‘shout out’ to our very own Fire Fighter Zoë Flaws who, due to being on duty at the Open Day, decided to do the race earlier in the morning.
Our Laps couldn’t take place without the support of many volunteers, the finish line can be a busy place! We thank Kayleigh and Bailey for taking photos, Matt and John and the Scottish Ambulance Service for the first aid cover. Our thanks go to the Kirkwall branch of Tesco and to Scottish Water for providing the marshalling point and finish line water. And lastly but by no means least, our thanks go to the Orkney Ferries staff at Tingwall Office and the crew of the MV Eynhallow for getting everyone to and from Rousay on the day.
The top 3 runners were...
1st - 12-year-old Finn Aberdein 21 m 19 sec
2nd - Scott Sinclair 22m 31 sec
3rd - Rousay’s own Kristian Evans 24m 04sec
Primary school children cyclists first 3 over the line were all from Rousay
1st (and 2nd across the finish line) was Mollie Flaws 21m 56sec
2nd (and 4th over the finish line) was Niamh Odling 23 m 34 sec
3rd Finley Daintith 24m 58sec
A final well done to those who stood and cheered at the finish line as well as all those who took part. We hope to see you next year or why not try out our Rousay Lap Half Marathon on 25th August.