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WATCH: Inverness Royal Academy pupil storms to Inverness 5k women's title

By Will Clark

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Katie Meek. Picture: Callum Mackay
Katie Meek. Picture: Callum Mackay

INVERNESS Harriers athlete Katie Meek produced her best ever time to claim the women's title at the Inverness 5k on Sunday.

The 17-year-old Inverness Royal Academy pupil stormed to victory as she set a personal best time of 18 minutes and 19 seconds.

Jessica Needs of Aberdeen AAC was second in 18:51 while Katie’s younger sister Anna was third in 19:20.

Meek said she was delighted with the result to claim the title for the first time in her career.

"I did the race last year and it was definitely quicker.

"It is my fastest time as I just do parkrun so it is very good.

"It wasn't quite under 18 minutes but almost."

Katie Meek. Picture: Callum Mackay
Katie Meek. Picture: Callum Mackay

Meek has been in impressive form in her races during this year.

Earlier this month, she finished in fourth place in the under-20 Scottish Schools Cross Country Championships.

She also finished in ninth place at the Lindsay’s National Cross Country Championships at Falkirk in February.

Meek is now focussing her attention on the hill running scene this summer.

"Cross country season is over and I don't like track so I will look to the hills.

“My main aim is to make the Scotland team for the under-18 world mountain running cup in Spain.

"I competed in that event last year and I’m keen to do it again.”

In the men's 5k race, Ross County Athletics Club teenager Lachlan Thomas ran the fastest time in the event for 10 years to defend his title.

In the Inverness Half Marathon, Kirkhill athlete Mhairi Maclennan broke the women's record to become Scottish champion.

In the men's race, Inverclyde Athletics Club athlete John Bell claimed victory for the first time in his career.

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