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PICTURES: Were you running or watching the Inverness Half Marathon and 5k?

By Rachel Smart

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Over 4200 runners took part in the Inverness Half Marathon and 5k yesterday.

Both races started at the banks of the River Ness at Bught Park and finished at Queen’s Park Stadium at Inverness Leisure Centre.

Ross County Athletics Club athlete Lachlan Thomas successfully defended his title in the Inverness 5k as he claimed victory for the second year in a row.

The 15-year-old Invergordon Academy pupil stormed to the title in 15 minutes and 40 seconds, which is the fastest time in the event for more than 10 years.

His twin brother Kaeden was runner-up in 16:52 while Matthew Brennan from Moray Road Runners took third spot from the record field of 1300 in 17:04.

Inverness Harriers athlete Katie Meek produced her best ever time to claim the women's title at the Inverness 5k.

The 17-year-old Inverness Royal Academy pupil stormed to victory as she set a personal best time of 18 minutes and 19 seconds.

Jessica Needs of Aberdeen AAC was second in 18:51 while Katie’s younger sister Anna was third in 19:20.

Mhairi Maclennan broke the Inverness Half Marathon women's record as she claimed the title for the first time in her career and also became Scottish Half Marathon champion.

The Kirkhill athlete cruised to victory when she crossed the line in a time of one hour 11 minutes and 47 seconds.

She beat the course record by nine seconds, which was set last year by Dundee Hawkhill Harriers athlete Natasha Phillips who claimed gold in 1:11:56.

John Bell claimed the Scottish Half Marathon men's title for the first time in his career at the Inverness Half Marathon on Sunday afternoon.

The Inverclyde Athletics Club athlete claimed victory in one hour, five minutes and 34 seconds as he beat Maryburgh athlete Sean Chalmers by 10 seconds.

Chalmers, representing Aberdeen Amateur Athletics Club, and was 2022 Inverness Half Marathon winner, claimed second place in 1:05:44.

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