Local News for Thursday 31st May 2018

Endurance athletes swarm in Harris
700 endurance athletes are expected in Harris today ahead of one of the most prestigious events in the athletic calendar. The Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon will see 700 competitors running through the hills of North Harris from tomorrow morning, with the competitors heading into the hills early on. Most will be camping out in the wilds on Friday night before returning to Tarbert on Saturday afternoon. A large number of the competitors are expected to leave on the Saturday evening ferry. most travelling as foot passengers. The LAMM raises money for charity each year and will this year contribute to an activities week at Sir E Scott school as well as making donations to the Mountain Rescue teams and Cancer Research. It will be a busy time in Tarbert with many local businesses benefiting from the extra visitors. Adam Johnson of Sir E Scott school, which is supporting the event, said: “Although this particular type of adventure endurance sport is not quite mainstream, receiving very little media attention, the field of competitors that will be assembled in Harris will comprise some of the UK’s and Europe’s finest athletes, and, who will no doubt demonstrate with ease their ability to traverse Harris’s rugged landscape over the course of two days.”

Auction Mart AGM
The annual general meeting of Lewis and Harris Auction Mart and the Long Island Rural Trust is to be held tonight at the Steinish Mart, starting at 7pm.

Cruise ships
The expedition vessel Hanseatic is due into Stornoway today, bringing up to 175 passengers and 125 crew in five-star luxury for a day in the islands. She’s followed tomorrow by Variety Voyager, a millionaire’s super-yacht style vessel bringing just 75 passengers, which will berth at pier no 3. On Saturday it’s the turn of regular visitor MV Corinthian, expecting to make 12 visits this summer, and this time tying up at pier no 1 for the day, before heading off down to Barra. She brings no more than 98 passengers, all travelling as part of a Grand Circle travel itinerary, which started at Edinburgh and finishes at Poole on the south coast of England.

Book Trust conference announced
The Islands Book Trust is working with Ness Historical Society to offer a one-day conference on Friday 15th June, celebrating the outstanding contribution made by the late Michael Robson to historical studies of the Outer Hebrides and the Borders. This one day event will be held at the Historical Society’s headquarters, the former Cross School in Ness, featuring a variety of speakers from the Western Isles and beyond. To round off the main part of the day the Stronoway publisher Acair will launch Michael Robson’s final publication ‘Someone Else’s Story’. There’s also to be a guided walk from the Butt of Ness to Luchruban at 7pm. Day tickets cost £10 including food and refreshments and are available to purchase via the link on our Facebook page https://michaelrobsonconference.eventbrite.co.uk