Local News for Monday 23rd May 2016
Women’s Cancer Challenge blockbuster
Torrential rain failed to dampen high spirits at the tenth annual Women’s Cancer Challenge on Saturday, with a record turnout and 601 finishers at the line. This year’s winner, in a course record time of 18 minutes and 30 seconds, was Scottish national athlete Eilidh Mackenzie, who won the first Challenge 10 years ago while still a school pupil, a result that organisers Tony and Kirsty Wade said was ‘fitting’. At least seven women had entered all ten of the events to date. The race has raised money for the Lewis Branch of Cancer Research UK every year since it started, and could this year come close to the £100,000 mark in overall funds raised by runners, sponsors and supporters. Among pledges and help on the day, Tescos donated support staff, water and bananas for the runners, Grillburger gave 1000 bottles of water and Fergusons Heating Systems pledged a £1 donation for every runner. Tony Wade said: “It was a day of stories, some of which we will never know, but there were many there who had their own challenges. The starting whistle was blown by members of the Hebridean Mens Cancer Group, and we heard that one of the finishers was a nurse who came straight from a night-shift to run. We also know that there were people running with us in Aberdeen, Donegal, Iberia and Rhode Island - because they could not join us in person.“
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Local News for Friday 13th May 2016
Allan sworn in
Isles MSP Alasdair Allan was sworn in for his third term representing the Western Isles at Holyrood yesterday, taking the oath, as before, in Gaelic. Along with his SNP colleagues, Dr Allan wore the white rose of Scotland, worn by SNP members as they are sworn in at Holyrood since the Scottish Parliament was reconvened in 1999. Dr Allan said: “It’s good to be back at work again, and there is no shortage of things to do in my in tray. I am looking forward to getting back to work representing the isles in Holyrood and helping to take forward the SNP’s ambitious manifesto for a fairer and more equal Scotland.” Dr Allan was one of several MSPs to take the oath in Gaelic – there were also oaths taken in Scots, Doric and Urdu, which Dr Allan said reflected the diversity of the Parliament and of Scotland itself.
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