Sunshine, smiles and a splash of pink made yesterday’s (Saturday 16 May) Women’s Cancer Challenge a virtual event to remember.

More than 225 people signed up to complete the challenge – even though it was not technically possible to enjoy the company of other runners and walkers, as has happened over previous years.

Instead the Women’s Cancer Challenge Facebook page at was packed with images of people taking to the road, the beach, the Castle grounds or their own garden path to complete a 30-minute exercise session on foot, by bike or on four paws.

The Women’s Cancer Challenge is one of the big annual fundraisers for Cancer Research UK’s Isle of Lewis branch, which like other fundraising groups has been hard hit by restrictions under Coronavirus lockdown.

Race participants look forward to the event each year, and an online poll to resolve whether the challenge should be cancelled or run virtually came up with a resounding 84% of votes in favour of holding a virtual event.

So organisers Tony and Kirsty Wade headed online, meaning that people could register and receive a race number by email, then complete their own challenge while conforming with social distancing guidelines, alone or in family groups.

Tony described the event yesterday as “quite a day” and full of stories – to which he and Kirsty added by filming a masterclass in men’s haircuts, guided by Kay from Men Only, and adding still further to the eventual total raised, to be posted in due course via social media.

All those who completed the challenge were awarded a virtual medal (pictured) to add to the already sizeable collection of race t-shirts and medals held by many who have supported the event over the years.

Pictures show Women’s Cancer Challenge participants from all over Lewis putting their best feet forward to raise funds for Cancer Research UK Isle of Lewis committee