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Inverness runner breaks 36-year-old club record

By Staff Reporter

Stephen MacKay ran the race of his life to break a 36-year-old Inverness Harriers club record at Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow.

Stephen Mackay
Stephen Mackay

The 27-year-old finished third in a top class 1500m in three minutes and 47.59 seconds to remove 0.51s from the record set by Donald McMillan in 1983. It was also a personal best by almost three seconds.

MacKay achieved an ideal tactical position right from the start and remained in the leading group throughout, passing 800m in just outside two minutes before producing a strong last lap.

“That has to be among the best races I’ve ever run and I was pleased at being able to stick with the leading group because if I’d become detached, that would have been it,” he said.

“I felt pretty good, even though it was my first 1500m of the year.

“I was still going for the win in the last lap but I couldn’t quite hold on to the other two. I’ve been hoping for this record for a while but my other target is the 800m record.

“That’s 1:50.08, which Donald also set in 1983.”

Among the first to congratulate MacKay through social media was multiple European 1500m champion Laura Muir, whose training pacemaker MacKay was at altitude in St Moritz during May.

MacKay was quick to highlight the benefit of that trip to his own running as well.

“The chance to train at altitude as well as in that kind of company for a whole month has certainly made a difference,” he said.

“It was the hardest work I’ve ever done and it’s certainly paid off here, because I’ve also already posted a fairly fast 800m of 1:51 this season.

“I’m now going to have to think carefully about what my next few races will be.”

Two other Harriers set 1500m bests at the Glasgow meeting. Luke Davidson took almost three seconds off his with 4:00.55 while there was a big improvement for Lucas Cairns to 4:22.43.

Jenny Bannerman ran 4:37.48 and Anna Cairns 4:48.58.

Sean Chalmers went under 15 minutes in the 5000m for the first time with 14:40.04 for fourth place.

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