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Inverness Half Marathon sees record number of entrants sign up as event returns after missing 2021 due to Covid-19


By Andrew Henderson


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A record number of participants have signed up for this year’s Inverness Half Marathon, which takes place on Sunday, March 13 2022, following cancellation in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In total, 3,400 people have signed up for the half marathon, exceeding the previous record set in 2020 by 15 per cent. 930 have signed up to the Inverness 5K, held on the same day, so far. The 5K will have race day entries available on a first come, first served basis during registration.

A record number of runners is entering the Inverness Half Marathon this year. Picture: James MacKenzie
A record number of runners is entering the Inverness Half Marathon this year. Picture: James MacKenzie

Malcolm Sutherland, director of Inverness Half Marathon, said: “It’s great to see runners come out in their thousands to take on the Inverness Half Marathon and 5K 2022, and it just shows how much we’ve all missed events like this.

“We’re really excited to welcome participants back to the Highland capital from all over Scotland, whether they’re serious runners looking to set a new PB, are new to running, fundraising for charity or just want to try a new challenge – and don’t worry if you’ve missed the deadline to sign up as we will have a number of 5K places available on race day.

“Of course, we will be following guidance from Scottish Government regarding mass participation sporting events and are taking all the appropriate measures to deliver an amazing experience for everyone involved while keeping you safe.

“We look forward to giving you a warm Highland welcome on the 13th of March. See you on the start line!”

Many participants will be using the event to fundraise for charity. The official charities for the 2022 event are SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health), Alzheimer Scotland, The Archie Foundation, Highland Hospice and Mikeysline.

It is not uncommon to see people completing the course in costumes and kilts as the race's charity aspect comes to the fore. Picture: James MacKenzie
It is not uncommon to see people completing the course in costumes and kilts as the race's charity aspect comes to the fore. Picture: James MacKenzie

Prizes will be presented to the winners of the Inverness Half Marathon, with a £100 incentive for breaking the course records, by Depute Provost of Inverness, Bet McAllister, who is also a former Inverness Harriers coach.

Depute Provost of Inverness Bet McAllister said: “After the cancellation of so many events over the past two years, it’s great to see the return of Inverness Half Marathon and 5K. This event is really important for charities in their fundraising efforts, as well as for local communities in and around Inverness, and for the runners themselves.

“I hope everyone taking part has a fantastic day and I look forward to seeing you all on the day.”

There will be some temporary traffic restrictions in place around Inverness on Sunday, March 13 – full details can be found here.


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