About The Bisgeos Run
The idea, to organize a charity run/walk on WESTRAY dates back to June 05.
When Ruth, Michelle and myself had our morning tea in the islands surgery such an idea appeared, was taken up with enthusiasm and soon a rough concept of the BISGEOS 12 MILE RUN/WALK was done.
Alena and Lizza welcomed the idea and offered their support by joining our race committee.
It was clear to us, that we didn't want to add another official event to a serious runner's diary, but to create a whole day event on this beautiful island.
The day begins with a run/walk from the ferry terminal in RAPNESS to the BISGEOS near the NOUP, and to make it a day for the whole family we have shorter distances for the younger athletes. The feel-good-factor of this physical achievement should carry the participants through the other events of the day. Runners and Walkers are welcomed at The Bisgeos with cool drinks and a barbecue. The view from Bisgeos rounds up this great experience.
The afternoon is left free, to explore the sites of WESTRAY.
At night we invite you to a Buffett dance in the island hall. This years live band will be Genuine Draft, who will complete the day by entertaining the revived runners and walkers until the early hours. This is only interrupted by the raffle prize draw ( see This years Run page for details).
The proceeds of this event are given to a different local charity-organisation each year. We insist the money is spent in ORKNEY for specific purposes.
After the first BISGEOS 12 MILE RUN/WALK we were able to offer over £10,000 to MACMILLAN/ORKNEY for the purchase of portable oxygen-concentrators and the following year we raised again over £10,000 for MS-CARE on ORKNEY, to arrange workshops all over ORKNEY bringing help by physio, occupational-therapists, dietitians and MS-nurses close to patients and carers.
The 2010 run was in aid of CLAN (Cancer Link Aberdeen & North) and we were able to present a cheque for £7800 to the local branch who were able to claim another £448 in Gift Aid on top of that.
The nominated charity for 2012 was Crohns & Colitis UK and the run raised £6600 plus £227.30 in Gift Aid
The 2014 run was in aid of the Orkney & Shetland M.S. Rresearch Project. The run raised £9000 for the charity.
The 2016 run will raise funds for The Orkney Blide Trust mental health charity.
Our plan, to create the BISGEOS 12 MILE RUN/WALK as a special day in ORKNEY, has worked out and we are proud to raise substantial funds with this event for people in need in ORKNEY.