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Bannerman looks to break own record at Castle of Mey 10k

By Will Clark

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SCOTTISH internationalist Jenny Bannerman is the leading contender for the women’s prize at Sunday’s Castle of Mey 10K in Caithness.

Jenny Bannerman will compete at the Castle of Mey 10k.
Jenny Bannerman will compete at the Castle of Mey 10k.

The 31-year-old Inverness Harrier prepares for Britain’s most northerly road race after setting a personal best for the distance of 34:52 at the Moray Road Runners event at Miltonduff two months ago.

She has since had a near best of 16:39 for 5k in the Scottish championships.

Sunday’s race is also offering a £100 cash prize to any athlete breaking the men’s or the women’s course records. Bannerman, who won this event in 2015 and 2017, herself holds the women’s record at 36:37, set in extremely windy conditions two years ago.

Her chances of improving on that and winning the prize, if she also wins the women’s race, will depend very much on Sunday’s weather conditions on the notoriously windy north coast.

The other fixture on this weekend’s north road calendar is tomorrow’s Laggan 10k.

Elsewhere a number of local runners will be tackling 26.2 miles in Sunday’s Edinburgh Marathon. The leading Harriers contenders look likely to be Amy Hudson and Johnny MacLeod.

The South Highland Schools primary track and field championships go ahead at Bught Park tomorrow.

A total of 39 schools from across the Highlands are taking part as the event will be celebrating its 103rd anniversary with track and field events.

At Wednesday night’s five mile Culbin Forest run near Forres, Inverness Harrier Gemma Cormack won the contest in 31:11 from Glenurquhart teacher Halina Rees (32:19) who runs for Fife AC.

Inverness Harrier John Newsom (28:18) took second place in the men’s contest behind fellow Scottish internationalist Kenny Wilson of Moray Road Runners (25:46).

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