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Arty Alick has designs on half marathon

12-year-old Alick MacLachlan from Waternish has scooped the gold in The Scottish Salmon Company’s (SSC) t-shirt design competition for this year’s Isle of Skye Half Marathon.

Along with his fellow pupils at Portree High School, Alick was challenged to design a race t-shirt based on key elements of SSC’s business: Scottish salmon, pride, passion, provenance and, of course, the Isle of Skye. The Company is sponsoring this year’s race and the winning design will be worn by a team of SSC runners taking part on Saturday 10 June.

With over 140 entries, SSC’s panel of judges had the challenging task of whittling down the shortlist. Alick was selected as the winner with Sara Oussaiden, 13, and David Broughton, 14, named second and third respectively.

Alick’s design will be printed on exclusive t-shirts worn by a team of SSC staff who are running the half marathon which starts and finishes at the high school. All three finalists were awarded a gift voucher for Inside Out, a local outdoor clothing and equipment store, as well as some delicious Scottish salmon.

Craig Anderson, Chief Executive at The Scottish Salmon Company, said: “A huge well done to Alick and a big thank you to everyone who entered. We asked pupils to bring our core values of pride, passion and provenance to life and they certainly did this in very creative and eye-catching ways. 

“We received fantastic entries from 146 very talented students and it was not an easy job deciding on a winner. We are looking forward to seeing our SSC runners kitted out in Alick’s t-shirt on race day.

“We are passionate being an active member in the communities where our staff live and work and are very proud to be sponsoring this year’s Skye Half Marathon. This event is a major part of the community on Skye and we have been working closely with the race committee to ensure this year’s is the biggest yet.”

Claire Dorman, Head of Technology at Portree High School, said: “We were thrilled when the Scottish Salmon Company approached us to help design their race t-shirts. Our S1-S3 pupils really got stuck into the brief, producing some excellent designs of a very high standard. The kids really did a good job incorporating our lovely island, salmon and the company’s values into their designs.

“It’s so exciting that Alick’s design will be brought to life for race day – I know he’s looking forward to seeing the runners wearing their t-shirts.”