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The second cross-country race in the winter series is to be held on Saturday (22 January) in Lews Castle grounds.

The Woody’s Express Lewis and Harris XC race is described as: “A great chance to put New Year New Me into practice with a run around some of the less well-known parts of the castle grounds.”

Stornoway Running and Athletics Club’s first race of the series in November saw more than 230 runners, from under-9s upwards, tackling a wet, muddy but exhilarating course.

Saturday’s event begins from 9.30am and parking is available in the college car park.

Among running delights to come in the first quarter of 2022, the Battle of the Isles is back, with runners from Skye and Lewis competing on their separate islands to win (or to keep, in the case of Lewis) the coveted trophy.

More news on that competition, to be held on Saturday 26 March, can be found by following the contest on

Before that, there will be more Wacky Races and cross-country challenges, including the Scottish national XC championships, to be held in Falkirk on 26 February.

Pictures show one of November’s muddy, but happy, runners in the Woody’s Express XC (SRAC) and the trophy for the battle of the isles 5k and 10k runs (Battle of the Isles).