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Bakkafrost helps celebrate four decades of the Skye Half Marathon.  Bakkafrost Scotland will once again, for the sixth year running, support as headline sponsor, the Isle of Skye Half Marathon 2024 on Saturday 8 June.

The endurance race celebrates its 40th anniversary, is considered to be one of the most picturesque in the UK, already has 120 runners already signed up to take part and for the second year, features a popular 10k.

Ian Laister, managing director, Bakkafrost Scotland said:

“More than just a race, the Isle of Skye Half Marathon is a really popular event for both runners and islanders. It offers a stunning course and injects a real boost of energy into the local community.

“Being involved in community events is important to our business, our staff and the communities in which we live and work. We have six members of our team who are taking part in this event.

“Best of luck to the runners, and a big thank you to the Skye Events team, Dougie Macleod, and our Bakkafrost Scotland colleagues from our local farm in Portree who will help with the event setup over race weekend.”

The Skye Half Marathon has made a name for itself, not only for its challenging course and scenic route, but also for its support of local charitable causes. Over the past 40 years it has raised in excess of £200,000, in addition all those who run to raise money for their own personal charities.

This year the 40th Anniversary Skye Half Marathon is proud to support Skye & Lochalsh Young Carers and Skye & Lochalsh Mental Health Association.

The Skye Half Marathon will make donations to Skye Cancer Care and Skye & Lochalsh Citizens Advice Bureau, and to local youth groups including: Skye Radio, The Brownies, The Guides, Skye Dance, Skye Pipe Band, Skye Tri Club, Ailsa May Dance, and Helping Hands.

The “40th Anniversary Skye Half Marathon & 10K” will also provide an awareness platform for Mikeysline, a charity dedicated to tackling loneliness and depression in the Highlands.

Fiona Baker, race director at Skye Events, added:

“Join us as we celebrate 40 years of creating memories that last a lifetime at the 40th Anniversary Skye Half Marathon. This inspirational day, welcomes runners of all abilities from all over the world and is a real testament to the people of Skye to have kept this race running over four decades.

“The return of the 10k race gives some new energy from a different distance runner, and this expansion has broadened participation, drawing in a diverse range of runners and fuelling greater support for local charities.

“It continues to this day to foster a deep connection with our island community, raising funds for really worthwhile causes, and keeping as a priority, the sustainable future for Skye’s beautiful landscape.”

Both races start at 10.30am and runners will be able to enjoy Skye’s stunning landscape from roads which are closed to traffic.  The day will have a real family festival vibe with food vendors, the RNLI BBQ and entertainment from the Skye Pipe Band.  There’s also a Fun Run for 5yrs and over, and a Toddler Dash for the under 5s – so the whole family can get involved.