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Medal hopes at school championships

By Staff Reporter

Many of the medal prospects at the Scottish Schools Championships at Grangemouth today and tomorrow lie in the upper age groups.

A number of the Inverness Harriers 2018 under-17 internationalists have now moved up into the non-international over-17 category.

These include top high jumper Angus Davren who is still on his way back from repeated hamstring injuries as well as an ankle problem.

He will test his hamstring in today’s 100 metres in advance of high jumping tomorrow.

Meanwhile his fellow Dingwall Academy pupil and Scottish Schools champion from last year, and Harriers training partner Ruairidh Munro, goes in the 400 metres hurdles.

Still in the over-17 age group, Luke Davidson of Inverness Royal Academy could be a contender in the 800m and 1500m.

Culloden Academy’s Rachel MacLennan is highly ranked in the hammer, as is Millburn Academy’s Andrew Bowsher in the discus.

In the under-17 international age group, Lucas Cairns of Fortrose Academy bids to follow up his cross country selection when he goes in the endurance events, where Inverness Royal Academy’s fast improving Euan Rollo also competes.

Meanwhile another Royal Academy pupil, Amy Colliar, could be part of a three or four way battle for the minor medals, with the top two normally selected for the international.

There should also be local medal hopes in the under-14 and under-15 age groups.

Inverness Harriers’ men look set for a strong presence at tonight’s Aberdeen Beach 10k. Sean Chalmers, John Newsom, Donnie MacDonald, Michael O’Donnell and Gordon Lennox are all set to run and figure prominently.

On Sunday, Nairn hosts the very last Run For Hamish 10-mile road race.

The event, run in memory of local youngster Hamish Hey, starts in the High Street at 2pm and is accompanied by a 5k fun run.

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