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Mixed fortunes at cross-country fixture for Inverness Harriers

By Staff Reporter

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The title fortunes of Inverness Harriers’ senior teams suffered very mixed fortunes at Saturday’s penultimate North Cross Country League match at Nairn.

Baxters Marathon 2019..10km women winner Megan Keith...Picture: Gary Anthony. Image No..
Baxters Marathon 2019..10km women winner Megan Keith...Picture: Gary Anthony. Image No..

The women’s squad secured victory on the day with maximum points and also won their title ahead of the season’s climax.

However, the Inverness men suffered a clear defeat by Moray, who now have a double digit overall points lead.

The women’s perfect score came with a clean sweep of the top-three places, with GB junior internationalist Megan Keith a runaway winner from Gemma Cormack, while Emily Andrew took third place.

This means that the Inverness team has already regained the crown without needing to run a step in the final match in Forres on Saturday, February 15.

However, Cormack and Andrew have now set up an intriguing winner-takes-all battle for the individual title.

But with Moray packing three in the top four in the men’s race, Inverness’s four-point lead was converted to a Moray advantage provisionally estimated at 10-15 points. The Inverness counters, led by fifth-placed Donnie MacDonald, also comprised Graham Bee, Rob Burnett and Paul Miller.

This deficit will be difficult for Inverness to pull back in a single race at Forres.

Following a switch last week by hill internationalist Caroline Marwick, another high-profile senior Inverness runner has announced a change of club to Highland Hill Runners.

Gordon Lennox, also a former Highland Cross winner, left Inverness in the autumn and is now undergoing the change of club process.

The junior league contests also approached a conclusion, and Lucas Cairns (under-17 men) and Anna Cairns (under-15 girls) continued their unbeaten records to clinch these individual titles.

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