ISLE OF SKYE
From the Norse meaning Misty Isle, Skye will enchant you with its dramatic mountain ranges dominated by the rocky slopes of the Cuilin, miles of spectacular coastline from the Atlantic to the West and North Sea to the East, and its complex and captivating history featuring the Clans of MacDonald and MacLeod, its castles, churches and Brochs. Join us on Saturday 8th June 2024 for a race to remember.
The Skye Half Marathon is a chip timed loop with a course that climbs gradually away from Portree for the first 1.5 miles, up to Drumuie and then on to a fast downhill 2 miles to the Kensaleyre turn. The route then follows a single-track road through spectacular countryside at times beside Skye’s longest River, the River Snizort, famed for its salmon and sea trout and fished by fishermen from across the globe.
All Skye Half Marathon finishers will receive a unique commemorative medal as well as some extra race goodies. If you’ve chosen to sign up for our Fun Run, this will be chip timed, and finishers will also receive an original bespoke medal. There will be age group category prizes as well as spot prizes.
This year, we are again offering a Skye Half Marathon Virtual Run. We’d love runners from all over the UK and further afield to run at 10.30am on Saturday 8th June 2024. All joiners will receive a medal in the post, a virtual certificate, and results will be published by 12 noon on 15th June. Race time results must be submitted by midnight on Monday 10th June. We’d love to know where you’re from and be delighted for you to send us a selfie as you finish the 13.1miles for us to share with our running community.
The 2024 Isle of Skye Half Marathon will continue to focus on sustainability. We've changed the way we do things. From water, food stalls, race t-shirts, travel, medals and merchandise; we've encourage everyone to lessen the impact our event has on our natural environment. Find out more about our Sustainability Initiatives.
To avoid waste, we encourage runners to purchase merchandise during registration. In this way we can better anticipate quantities, and manage the levels of merchandise available to purchase on race day.
We have two partner charities for the 40th Anniversary Half Marathon & 10K where runners can opt to donate during registration. These are:
Skye and Lochalsh Mental Health Association - an independent local charity helping those suffering with mental ill health. Poor mental health is debilitating, devastating and often lonely. It’s even harder in a remote, rural area like Skye where the closest NHS pychiatric resource is 120 miles away. Their amazing staff literally provide life-line support and a safe place to feel included and accepted.
Skye and Lochalsh Mental Health Association is a registered Scottish Charity: SC021154.
Skye & Lochalsh Young Carers - aims to make a positive difference to the lives and futures of young carers. They provide a safe place where young people can feel at home with others in the same situation. A place they can be themselves without question, where they can get much needed respite, where they can feel less alone, and have one to one help as well as bereavement support when needed.
Skye & Lochalsh Young Carers is registered under Scottish Charity Number: SCO27909
Charitable grants and donations support the vital work of both these organisations and if you’d like to help them please think about donating today.
Enter the Half Marathon, Fun Run or Virtual Half Marathon. A Runner's Information Brief will be emailed to all entrants leading up to race day.