The full results have been released for the Isle of Skye Half Marathon, held on Saturday 9 June.

A new record was set by winner, Cameron Milne, who completed the run in 1 hour 9 minutes and 10 seconds.

The first lady across the line was Ellie Buchan in 1 hour 27 minutes and 35 seconds.

The full race results can be viewed here.

 

A new course record was set at the Isle of Skye Half Marathon today (Saturday 9 June.)

An unprecedented number of racers took to the streets to complete the course.

The record was set by race winner, Cameron Milne, who won with a superb time of 1 hour 9 minutes and 10 seconds.  This was Mr Milne's first time racing the Half Marathon.  He described the course as "really tough" but said he "enjoyed every minute."  

It's not all about running at the Skye Half Marathon - it's also going to be about replacing lost calories!

A street food festival, held in conjunction with the Skye Food and Drink Festival on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 of June, will take place.  

The concept came from organiser, Sam Crowe, and Skye Connect's Alistair Danter.  Sam told The Skye Times: "I had been to another event that had a really cool stall selling Indian food and it was such a lovely thing to find.  So, between Alistair and I, we hatched this concept."

Appearing at the festival will be food and drink with Thai flavours, Scottish tangs and American inspiration.  Fresh Revolution Burritos, Thai Skye, Buth Bheag, isle of Skye Ice Cream, Dede's Asian and American inspired stall, Cakey Pangs Bake House, Isle of Skye Bakery and DAE's charity stall.  

Sam continued: "We would love folk to come along and enjoy this aspect of the event, even if they are not running."

Find out more here.

The full results for the Trotternish Ridge Race, held on Saturday 2 June, have been released.

Alexander Beaven raced into first place with his time of 3 hours 16 minutes and 21 seconds.

He was followed by Dave Ward, from the Pennine Fell Runners club, with a time of 3 hours 29 minutes and 54 seconds.

Iain Stewart took third place in 3 hours 40 minutes and 42 seconds.

Sarah Wingrove was the first lady across the line, finishing seventh overall, with an excellent time of 3 hours 57 minutes and 30 seconds.

The second lady to reach the finish line was Mary Lye with a time of 4 hours 36 minutes and 39 seconds.

Catherine Magill became the third lady to finish the race, with a time of 4 hours 41 minutes and 1 second.

A small piece of plastic may have been "instrumental" in the death of a juvenile harp seal.

The seal was found dead on Skye was later necropsied by the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS.)

SMASS described the case as "unusual" - noting that the harp seal was outside the normal range for the ice-associated species.

The animal was likely under a year old and had a small fragment of plastic in its stomach.  The plastic, approximately 6 centimetres square, was lodged in the stomach.

SMASS say the seal was "not a well-thriven animal at all," describing it as in emaciated condition.  

They said: "Seeing the plastic lodged in the stomach was yet another reminder of the impact of plastic pollution in the marine environment.

A popular Skye restaurant is heading for the bright lights of Glasgow this summer.

Organised by brothers, Calum and Niall Munro, the one-off event will take Scorrybreac restaurant and Skye Live Festival music to Glasgow's old fish market, The Briggait.  

The tasting menu will be both gluten and dairy free and consist of an array of fine produce, all sourced from Skye's natural and abundant larder, and will be served in a banquet style fashion. 

Tickets for the tasting menu will be priced at £50 per head.

The event will be held on Friday July 20 and Saturday July 21.  

More information can be found here.

 

Skye Mountain Rescue's Team Leader has stepped down after 46 years.

Gerry Akroyd has managed over 1,500 call-outs and assisted countless walkers and climbers in the hillside during over four decades of service.

Mr Akroyd became Team Leader in 1972 and was awarded an MBE in 2010 for his service to mountain rescue.  The Skye Mountain Rescue Team took to Facebook in tribute of Mr Akroyd, saying: "He often practiced alone in the Cuillin Hills, with the RAF helicopter crews to establish approaches and winching sites, which led to many audacious rescues.

"He borrowed techniques and equipment from "rope access" to upgrade the teams' rigging systems - this has now been widely accepted across Scottish Mountain Rescue.

"On a national level, Gerry was a key figure in pushing for the radio networks and government funding which has made such a difference to every Scottish rescue team, and he always fought in the interest of Skye MRT, convinced that we had unique problems to deal with."

Neil Urquhart, Gerry's deputy for the last decade, has taken over the role as Team Leader, with James "Paddy" Stephenson taking the place as the new Deputy Team Leader.

Portree is set to have free WiFi by late spring 2018, according to Highland Council.

A project led by Highland Council and funded by the Inverness and Highland City-Region deal aims to stimulate economic growth and increase digital inclusion across the Highlands by allowing easy access to digital connectivity.  Entitled "High-Fi," the free WiFi will enable tourism support and create a wireless infrastructure in town centres.

The first phase was a Pilot in part of Inverness City Centre which was later rolled out to the wider city in early 2017 as Phase 2. The 3rd Phase will see the roll-out of the free WiFi to 14 towns in Highland.

The first town to get free WiFi is Aviemore. Additional towns to receive High-Fi during phase 3 of the project will include Portree.

Young crofters will receive recognition with two first-of-their-kind awards.

Following a call for nominations by the Scottish Crofting Federation, the awards will be given to two individuals.

The drive for the award is the Year of Young People 2018 and as such will celebrate the role of young people in crofting. The awards will be made at a special dinner which will be held during the Celebrating the Spirit of Crofting event on 5th October 2018 at Rothes, Moray and presented by Mel Irivine of Drummuir, one of the stars of BBC TV “This Farming Life”.

Highland Council's Environmental Health team have identified raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins following routine monitoring at Loch Eishort (Skye), Lochs Beag and Ailort (Lochaber) and Loch Laxford (Sutherland).

Commercial harvesting sites in these areas have been closed as a consequence of the levels of an algal toxin called PSP (paralytic shellfish poison).

Eating shellfish such as cockles, mussels, oysters or razor fish from these areas is likely to pose a health risk arising from the consumption of these toxins.

As a sensible precaution, people should avoid eating shellfish from this area until further notice.

It is important to note that cooking does not remove risks from consumption.