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Sport / Whalsay man quickest so far out of 569 participants in Island Games 5K challenge

A SHETLAND man is leading the way out of 569 participants in the Island Games 5K challenge.

Neil Arthur works for Lerwick Port Authority. Photo: Liam Henderson

With a time of 16 minutes and 58 seconds, Neil Arthur from Whalsay tops the list on the last day of competition.

The International Island Games Association is encouraging people from member islands to walk or run 5K and log their times.

The challenge started on 3 July and it ends today (Friday), with the island with most participants set to be announced as a winner.

The walk or run has to be registered in the RaceONE tracking application, which is free to download.

Shetland appears to be doing well when it comes to the individual times; this morning (Friday) six out of the ten quickest runs were from the isles.

Joining Neil in the top ten are Shetland runners Russell Gair (18m11s), Ross Work (18m18s), Marc Williamson (18m39s), Norrie Lyall (18m54s) and Matthew Cox (19m7s).

Neil has a bit of a cushion at the top, with second placed Craig Moar from Orkney lagging 16 seconds behind.

The virtual 5K is being held in the absence of the 2021 Guernsey Island Games, which has been postponed for two years due to the Covid pandemic.