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Inverness Harrier ready for Northern Ireland race

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Nairn Turkey Trot 2019..First woman home is Jenny Bannerman...Picture: Gary Anthony..
Nairn Turkey Trot 2019..First woman home is Jenny Bannerman...Picture: Gary Anthony..

Jenny Bannerman is looking forward to challenging herself against top class athletes when she competes at the Armagh Women’s International 3k.

The Inverness Harrier is in Northern Ireland to take on top runners from across Britain and beyond.

Bannerman competed in the race last when she recorded a personal best of nine minutes and 39 seconds to finish in 26th place.

She hopes to put in a credible performance today.

“This is always a great race and the whole experience is first class,” she said.

“The standard of competition has just got so high in recent years and the atmosphere under the floodlights is amazing. “Unfortunately I didn’t get selected for the Scottish team for this event but the trial was a 3000 metres indoor track race.

“I just didn’t fancy doing it so I’ve just continued to concentrate on the road apart from one 1500 metres sharpener and we’ll see how it goes.

“Armagh really is like no other race I’ve ever run in and the people there look after you so well.

“But then it will be back down to earth again with the Nairn 10K a couple of weeks after.”

Stephen MacKay ran an 800 metres personal best at the Scottish Universities Championships.

Running in a guest event at the competition in Glasgow, Mackay ran 1:51.40 in his last race before he competes at 1500 metres in the British Championships next weekend.

The performance also comes five weeks after his silver medal in the Scottish 3000m championship in which he was the top Scottish competitor with a personal best of 8:13.19 so he now regards his competitive preparations as complete.

Speaking about his performance, he said: “I have to be pleased enough with that time.

“It took quite a bit off the fastest I’ve ever run indoors.”

There was also success for former British over-70 cross country champion Alex Sutherland.

He won the latest of a series of Scottish veteran titles when he took the over-70 award at Johnstone last weekend.

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