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Harriers to compete in the City of Manchester Marathon

By Staff Reporter

Three men from Inverness Harriers return to the north of England on Sunday to defend the team title they won 12 months ago in the City of Manchester Marathon.

Inverness Harriers' Gordon Lennox finished third.
Inverness Harriers' Gordon Lennox finished third.

Last year, John Newsom ran a time of two hours 28 minutes 55 seconds, four minutes outside his personal best.

That was enough for him to secure sixth place to lead the Inverness team to victory.

He had support from Gordon Lennox who was 15th and Graham Bee, 47th, and the same three runners bid to repeat their success this time.

Jenny Bannerman broke her second course record in a week at the Moray Road Runners 10k.

Bannerman knocked a second off her personal best and a minute off her own course record to win the women’s contest near Elgin.

Her time of 34:52 took her home over a minute and a half clear of fellow Scottish internationalist Kayleigh Jarrett of Elgin (36:26).

They were joined by another Harrier, Gemma Cormack (37:00), who completed the fastest ever all-North top three in a women’s 10k.

Caroline Marwick, fifth in 40:39, completed the winning Harriers women’s team.

The event was the second of the four race Northern Scot 10k series.

Having also registered a win also at the Nairn 10K, Bannerman is the current women’s series leader.

However she does not plan to contest the two remaining races at Buckie and Forres.

Lennox was the third man to cross the line in 32:58 and now leads the men’s Northern Scot 10k series after an identical placing at Nairn.

There were veteran category second places for Paul Miller in the men’s over-40 standings with a time of 34:56, as well as Ann Smart in the women’s over-50, crossing the line in 49:35.

Track specialist Stephen MacKay moved on to the road on Sunday to win the 6k “Round The Loch” race in Strathclyde Park.

The former national 800m silver medallist completed the course in 19:10.

The time was one of the quickest ever seen in the race since it was incorporated as part of the 10-mile Tom Scott Road Race in 2006.

MacKay also became the first Inverness Harrier to win at Strathclyde Park in either the men’s or women’s race at either distance.

The winners circle has generally been dominated by athletes from clubs who are based closer to the event in the central belt.

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