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Barra’s annual 5k, 10k and half marathon road race has been cancelled for the second year, as lingering uncertainty over coronavirus restrictions prevails.

Organisers announced yesterday that the 2021 event will not go ahead, after the 2020 event was run virtually with just-for-fun results posted later.

They said: “Due to the uncertainty of the ongoing restrictions and the level of planning required, a decision has been made to cancel this year’s annual island half marathon event.

“Keep safe, keep running and we’ll see you back one day soon!”

The announcement was applauded by supporters, who described it as ‘sensible’ and ‘the right decision’.

Barrathon has traditionally taken place each June since the year 2000, when it was set up as a special millennium celebratory event.

Its popularity meant it continued as an annual event, raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Care and providing a focus for social activity, visitors and healthy exercise.

Barrathon is also one of five Hebridean half marathons which qualify for the Heb 3, an annual challenge to complete three of the half marathon events usually run in Stornoway, Benbecula, Skye, Barra and Harris.

Last year’s virtual event was completed by runners and walkers in Barra, Lewis, Harris and North Uist, and further afield in Germany, Western Australia and the USA.

Some of the committee walked or ran the real route on Barrathon Day (28 June) in small groups, taking pictures to share with virtual participants worldwide.

The picture shows Barrathon committee members on a misty virtual Barrathon walk last year (Barrathon committee).