A fundraising event on the runway of Stornoway Airport has been postponed to next year, according to organisers.

Run the Runway was planned as a New Year fundraiser for Bethesda Hospice, allowing runners the unique opportunity to run along the airport runway while it was closed to routine traffic on New Year’s Day.

But airport manager Duncan Smith said the operational needs of the airport, including availability of facilities for emergency search and rescue missions and hospital emergencies, needed careful planning before the event went ahead.

He told welovestornoway.com: “We just couldn’t cover all the bases in the time available, as we needed to make sure contingency arrangements were in place for sudden emergencies.

“The event has not been cancelled, but postponed to next year, when we hope to run it twice – at midsummer and at New Year.”