The North Lewis 5k and 10k run on Saturday (November 30th) was blessed with fine crisp weather and a huge turnout, with over 300 runners taking part over the two distances and the fun run.
The weather, excellent hospitality and a good mood all round contributed to the sum of £977 raised in aid of Bethesda Hospice.
Organisers plan to round the sum up to £1,000 and said a huge thank you to all who contributed to raising the sum.
But the biggest cheer of the day went to Michelle Macleod, who crossed the finishing line hand-in-hand with dad Tony Robson and daughter Bethany, living testimony to her own huge achievement in returning to health after a dramatic medical emergency.
Michelle, a journalist and PR advisor, was the casualty at the Harris marathon in August, when she collapsed with a cardiac arrest as she was finishing her nine-mile leg of the marathon at Leverburgh.
She received emergency treatment at the scene from her GP sister Rebecca and other first responders, before being flown away to hospital in Glasgow.
After 12 weeks in hospital and essential surgery, she has returned to Lewis and is now campaigning actively on behalf of the charity Lucky2BHere, who supplied the AED (defibrillator) which was used to help save her life as rescuers battled to stabilise her at Leverburgh.
She’s now been fitted with a personal defibrillator and is back with her family, all of whom are committed to regular exercise.
Michelle said last week: “I don’t think I’ll be running any marathons any time soon, but I’m feeling great and I’m so thankful for everyone who helped me on that day.”
And she received a great welcome from onlookers in North Lewis yesterday, many of whom know her story and are full of admiration for her achievement, as her sister Geraldine said, “from coma to 5k in 16 weeks.”
The picture shows Michelle with dad Tony and elder daughter Bethany as she finished the 5k