Bannerman smashes Castle of Mey record
Jenny Bannerman scored an emphatic win over the entire field in mainland Britain’s most northerly road race at the Castle of Mey last Sunday.
The 31-year-old Scottish internationalist finished well over two minutes clear of the first male finisher in a field containing more than 300 athletes.
She was six minutes ahead of the second woman, recording a strong time of 35:44.
That was also enough to remove 53 seconds from her own women’s course record, meaning that Bannerman also won the additional £100 prize on offer this year for any athlete who could manage to produce a record breaking performance.
“I was just 100 metres into the race and I realised that there were no takers and nobody had come with me,” she said.
“It’s hard to produce a decent time when you are completely on your own but I did manage to hit half way in 17:24.
“On the other hand, the second half had uphill stretches into the wind and rain.
“So that inevitably cost time, especially since I was on my own.
“The Castle of Mey can be very pleasant on a good day, but unfortunately it poured from start to finish this time, but I was glad to get the win and the record.”
Another Inverness Harrier, Amy Hudson, went into third place on the club’s women’s all-time list for the marathon when she posted a time of three hours, 10 minutes 30 seconds in Edinburgh on Sunday.
This places her next in line after Lesley Hansen – whose 3:04:52 to win Scottish championship silver last month gave her the club record ahead of Jodie Lynch who ran 3:05:39 in 2013.
Ayr-based Inverness Harrier Sean Chalmers won the 5000m by 52 seconds for Scottish Universities against Irish Universities in Antrim with a time of 15:19.46.
Mary Flockhart was second in the javelin with 35.51m.