Local News for Friday 25th May 2018

Heatwave forecast for Western Isles
Temperatures are set to build from tomorrow, with a long period of sunny weather forecast to take temperatures into the 20s at least until Tuesday. The Met Office says it will be dry with long sunny spells through the coming days and becoming very warm or hot, especially in the west.

Lifesaving warning from RNLI
With hot weather on the way, the RNLI chose yesterday for a timely release of a new campaign to help people survive if they unexpectedly fall into cold water. The respect the water campaign encourages people to remember, if they fall into water, to fight the instinct to swim until the cold water shock passes. The average temperature of British and Irish waters is 12-15°C – cold enough to cause cold water shock. Cold water shock makes you gasp uncontrollably and breathe in water, which can quickly lead to drowning. An RNLI statement said: “Fight your instinct to swim, pause, and float on your back until you are able to catch your breath. Doing so may save your life. Lean back, extend your arms and legs and float until you can control your breathing. Only then, call for help or swim to safety.” The safety film released yesterday can be seen by following the link on our Facebook page.

Hebridean Way ranked ‘one of the best’
The Hebridean Way cycle route between Leverburgh and Callanish has been ranked one of Scotland’s best by the Herald Scotland newspaper. The paper reviewed the 59-mile stretch through Lewis and Harris, calling the landscape “remote and other-worldly”. The full 185-mile cycle route starts in Vatersay and takes several days – unless you’re a record-breaker like Mark Beaumont, who managed the whole distance in 24 hours when the route was launched in 2016. The Herald placed the experience at number three in its list of the top ten cycle routes in Scotland.

Cruise ship in port
The Fred Olsen cruise liner Boudicca is due in to Stornoway tomorrow, bringing up to 880 guests and over 320 crew to bask in the summer sunshine. The vessel is described as bringing ‘timeless elegance’ to cruising, with five restaurants, a jacuzzi and spa among her on-board facilities. She’ll be moored in the outer anchorage from 8.30am and is due to leave around 6pm on her way to Tobermory.

Stornoway half marathon
This weekend sees the Stornoway Half Marathon and 10k run taking over town centre roads, as runners tackle the route launched for the first time last year. The half marathon starts at 10am by the lifeboat station at the inner harbour marina, with the 10k and fun-run going off at 10.50am. Drivers should be aware of runners on the road until 1pm on the whole route, which goes out of the town centre to Matheson Road, down to the sea front at Newton and onto Lower Sandwick shore. Melbost Farm, Steinish village and a route back towards town leads onto Lews Castle Grounds. The final 2.5km in the grounds takes the runners along the River Creed and the shore road before the finish at the inner harbour. Registration begins tonight at the Sea Angling Club at 5pm and there will be prizes awarded at the harbour at 1pm, and an evening Ceilidh at the Sea Angling Club.

Weekend footie
First-round matches are being played tonight in the Eilean an Fhraoich cup, all with 7pm kick-offs. There’s a best of the west clash between Westside and Carloway, Harris taking the long drive to Ness and Point away to Back at Coll.