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ICYMI: Hamish run in Nairn is huge success – 29 pictures

By Donna MacAllister

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COMMUNITY spirit was thriving in Nairn last Sunday as hundreds of people turned out for the final Run for Hamish in tribute to a much-loved schoolboy.

The tragic loss of Hamish Hey (8) to cancer more than two years ago has pulled the town together in a way his parents Susan and Sam never thought possible and last weekend’s combined 10-mile road race and 3k walk and fun run attracted 1500 participants.

For the Team Hamish charity it was the crowning moment of a momentous campaign to raise money for a new children’s splash park in the town as a legacy to Hamish’s short but impactful life.

With many local traders and households decked out with the Team Hamish emblem Mrs Hey said: “As a family, we are so grateful to everyone who took part and I am just overwhelmed and delighted at the support that Nairn has shown.

“Someone said it was as if Hamish spread his love through the town and made one ginormous rainbow. I couldn’t have put it better myself.”

Many of those running and walking on the day wore pants on their heads in tribute to Hamish’s own comical antics.

One day his mum had laid out two sets of underwear for him to put on as he dressed only for him to emerge with one set on his head.

“Well, what did you want me to do with the extra pair?” he had asked.

Having caught the moment for Facebook, Mrs Hey said it was one of her treasured memories.

Team Hamish has already raised more than £150,000 for the splash park with water fountains at Nairn’s paddling pool, which could double-up as an ice rink.

Race winner was Gordon Lennox, who soared across the 10-mile race finish line in 56 minutes 50 seconds. Second was Stephen MacKay in (59.41) and third was Jenny Bannerman (59.43).

Sister and brother duo Lucas and Anna Cairns won the 3k run.

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