Bannerman smashes Castle of Mey record
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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.
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