Rain, wind, floods and blizzards did everything they could to throw Lewis athletes off their stride in mainland competitions yesterday (Saturday 29 February), but the hardy island competitors came out of the experience still smiling.

Ultra-athlete Kevin Donner did the island proud yesterday (Saturday 29 February) with a finishing position of 80th out of 250 race entrants, as he competed in the fourth edition of the Chester Ultra 50-mile race

The race was cut to a mere 44 miles because of flooding on the course, which took in trails along the River Dee, the North Cheshire Way and the Sandstone Trail.

Meanwhile seven young athletes from Stornoway Running and Athletics Club faced a marathon of a different kind as they headed down to the Emirates Arena in Glasgow for the Scottish Athletics national indoor age group championships.

Horrendous road conditions made the trip itself an achievement, but as an SRAC spokesman said: “SRAC athletes competed against teams travelling from England and Ireland as well as Scotland, so there’s a slight possibility we may not have travelled the furthest. But who else can claim being escorted by a snow plough?”

Competitions are still ongoing in Glasgow today, with results being posted via the SRAC Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/stornowayac/

Pictures show SRAC team members at the Emirates stadium yesterday, and ultra runner Kevin Donner after finishing his race in Chester.