News / Marathon runners, TripAdvisor accolade and Japanese craft workshops

Andrew Lyall and Maurice Inkster.

THERE were a number of local participants in this year’s Edinburgh Marathon Festival, held at the weekend.

Among the runners were Andrew Lyall from Sandwick who completed his second marathon in the capital in a time of 4h 20m 46s.

Maurice Inkster from Burra, meanwhile, took a few more minutes for the 26.2 miles long course and crossed the finishing line in 4h 28m 31s.

Inkster only took up triathlon four years ago on his 50th birthday and has since completed a full and three half Ironman competitions plus last year’s Edinburgh marathon.

He is also taking part in the Wick Sprint Triathlon in June with Shetland Triathlon Club and the Ben Nevis Braveheart Triathlon in September.

Also running was 25-year old Euan Duernberger, formerly of Vidlin but now based in Glasgow, who completed his first marathon in 2h 54m 31s.


A LERWICK based wildlife tour operator has received a TripAdvisor certificate of excellence for the second year running.

Shetland Seabird Tours, operated by Rebecca Nason and Phil Harris, said they were delighted and proud to have won the accolade for their wildlife tours to the bird cliffs of Noss.

“We are thrilled to have a local, young family business in the tourism sector on Shetland and meet and enthuse about Shetland’s wildlife every day throughout the season with folk from all over the world,” they said.

The certificate recognises the consistently great reviews their business receives on the well known travel website.

Shetland was only last week named by travel guide publisher Lonely Planet as one of the top locations to visit in Europe this year.

CRAFT artists with a passion for all things Japanese will be attracted to two workshops organised by Anne Barron of Wild About Art early in June.

Become a supporter of Shetland News


Jill Clay, a skilled hand-painter of decorative silk kimonos, will host a Sashiko embroidery course at the Muckle Roe Hall on Monday (3 June), between 7pm and 9pm.

Two days later, on 5 June, she will teach Japanese bookbinding at the Cornerstone Café in Scalloway, again between 7pm and 9pm.

The workshops cost £30 each and can be booked by contacting Anne Barron on wildaboutart@yahoo.co.uk

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.



Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.