Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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The whole of Kyleakin was abuzz with excitement today (Saturday July 2) as over 60 runners took to the roads for the Skye Bridge 10k Race.  

The race was won by Neil Hart from Reading, while the first female across the line was Emma Birnie from Glasgow.

The runners lined up in the main car park to begin the race.  Their route took them across the main road, over the Skye Bridge and then back to Kyleakin again.  

Neil Hart and Lea MacLeod quickly took the lead in the early stages of the race.  

Neil Hart finished the race in 37 minutes and 35 seconds.  

Lea MacLeod came in second with a time of 38 minutes and 24 seconds.  

In third place was Chris James of the Skye and Lochalsh Running Club with a time of 39 minutes and 5 seconds.  

Emma Birnie was the first woman to finish the race and the tenth person to cross the finish line.  She ran the race in 42 minutes and 20 seconds.  

The Skye Bridge 10k has been held annually since 1999.  Record times are held by Stuart Gibson, who achieved 32.41 in 2004 and Ann Macphail with 36.23 in 2002.

Conditions for today's race were mixed - with gleams of sunshine punctuated by heavy rain showers.  

Just across from the finish line, Kyleakin Gala was taking place on The Corran.  Today's Gala will raise money for a community minibus.  After the race, Kyleakin Gala was officially opened by the Lochalsh Junior Pipe Band.  

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