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Inverness is confirmed to host Scottish Half Marathon in 2024

By Will Clark

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Inverness Half Marathon 2023 men's winner Fraser Stewart and women's winner Natasha Phillips. Picture: Callum Mackay..
Inverness Half Marathon 2023 men's winner Fraser Stewart and women's winner Natasha Phillips. Picture: Callum Mackay..

The Inverness Half Marathon will once again be the host of the Scottish Half Marathon Championships next year.

The race will once again host the national championship when it takes place on Sunday, March 10.

The Inverness Half Marathon hosted the Scottish Championships for the first time back in March.

Fraser Stewart from Cambuslang Harriers claimed the men’s title in a time of 65 minutes and 24 seconds.

Natasha Phillips from Dundee Hawkhill Harriers claimed the women’s title when she clocked a time of 71 minutes and 56 seconds.

Phillips also set a new female Inverness Half Marathon course record, previously set by Cathy Mutwa in 2007 which was 73 minutes and 21 seconds.

The North District Championships were also held as part of the event. Kenny Wilson and Catriona Fraser took the win in times of 77:29 and 81:49 respectively.

The Inverness 5k is also held as part of the Inverness Half Marathon.

Earlier this year, Lachlan Thomas of Ross County Athletics Club claimed the men’s title in a time of 16:11 with Lois Macrae of Inverness Harriers winning the women’s title in 18:06.

Last year, the event attracted over 3600 runners to the Half Marathon and 5K from across Scotland and the UK. A total of 20 per cent of entrants were running their first half marathon, while 38 per of of 5K runners were from schools and youth/sports clubs.

Meanwhile, two Inverness Harriers athletes have been selected for at the British Cross Challenge event in Liverpool on Saturday.

Megan Keith has been selected for the under-23 women’s squad with Lucas Cairns selected for the under-20 men’s team.

The event will also host the European Cross Trials taking place at Sefton Park on Saturday, November 25. Athletes will be selected for the European Cross Country Championships which take place in Belgium next month.

Keith recently won the British Cross Challenge event which took place in Cardiff earlier this month.

The 21-year-old put in a tremendous performance as she claimed victory by 17 seconds.

Keith has had an incredible 2023 when she won the European Under-23 5000 metres title in Finland in July.

It was followed by a big 5000 metres personal best of 14:56.98 in London which earned her a call-up to the Great Britain squad at the World Championships in Budapest in August.

Cairns, a former pupil at Fortrose Academy, is currently studying at the University of Edinburgh and is also a member of the Edinburgh University athletics club.

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