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Inverness Half Marathon 2011 pre-event

Sunday’s Inverness Half Marathon has attracted 1679 entrants planning to their place on the start-line for the event this weekend.  Limited places remain available for the 5K Fun Run, available on a first come, first served basis at the event on Sunday morning. (Entry for the Half Marathon is already closed.)

Runners to look out for in Sunday’s event (13 March) include last year’s winner Ben Livesey of Forres Harriers, who also won the 2006 event, as well as Andrew Douglas (Inverclyde AC) the runner up in 2010. Gordon Lennox (Ron Hill Cambuslang), winner of last month’s RAF Kinloss to Lossie half marathon, is using the event as part of his build-up to April’s London marathon.

Three times winner in the 90s, Alan Reid (Peterhead Running Club), is now a leading veteran competitor. Winner of the first Inverness Half Marathon, and former Commonwealth Games marathon runner, Graham Laing (Inverness Harriers) is also likely to be a leading competitor in the over-50s category.

Melissa Whyte of Inverness Harriers is the women’s title holder and favourite to win again this year, following her win at the Scottish Masters (over-45 age group) cross country this winter. Others to look out for include Amanda Henderson (Portobello), winner of Forfar Multi Terrain Half Marathon in February, and Dhvala Stott (Sri Chinmoy AC) who was third at Inverness in 2010.

This popular event attracts runners from across the UK, with its combination of an exceptional experience for participants and a scenic course. Cheer runners along the route through the Highland capital and at the Queen’s Park Stadium where both Half Marathon and 5K runners cross the finish line. Many runners help others by raising cash through their efforts, including for the four nominated charities: Highland Hospice, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, Children 1st and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Paul Bush, chief operating office of EventScotland, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Inverness Half Marathon for the first time, under the new management of Caledonian Concepts, and we look forward to a new chapter in the event’s history and hope to see participation numbers grow as the event goes from strength to strength.  Set against the picturesque backdrop of Inverness, the Half Marathon showcases the very best of Scotland’s landscapes. It is a fantastic example of why Scotland is the perfect stage for the biggest and best events that encourage and inspire its people and visitors alike to get active.”

Provost of Inverness, Councillor Jimmy Gray, said: “It’s great to see the number of people taking part in the Inverness Half Marathon increasing. It’s a win-win situation both for the local charities supported by the event and the runners who benefit from a sense of achievement they derive from not only the participation but also the training necessary for the event.”

Malcolm Sutherland, race director, said: “We are delighted to see a substantial field of runners taking part on Sunday. Although entries for the Half Marathon are now closed, there will be a limited number of places available for the 5K Fun Run at the event on Sunday. We hope that everyone taking part has a great day running through the Highland capital!”

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