The Isle of Benbecula half marathon, due to take place on 6 June, is the latest event to have been cancelled in the midst of the Coronavirus epidemic.

The Run Benbecula committee announced yesterday that they had ‘with a heavy heart’ decided to cancel the event for the year.

They said: “We have been monitoring the position closely, and do not feel that holding an event this year is appropriate. The safety of the islands is of paramount importance, and we do not feel that holding an event this year is in the best interests of runners, volunteers and the local community.”

Registered runners have the choice of requesting a refund of their booking fee, transferring their booking to the 2021 event (date to be set) or donating their booking payment to Uist and Barra foodbank.

Barrathon on 27 June and the Harris half marathon on 4 July have already been cancelled, with organisers making those decisions soon after lockdown last month.

Stornoway Half Marathon on 23 May has been postponed, with a new date yet to be announced.

The picture shows runners lined up for the start of the Benbecula 10k, which was run in cold and drizzly conditions on Saturday 14 March this year.