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News round-up / 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.

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