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Thousands run through the streets as Highland capital's Half Marathon and 5k return

By Will Clark

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A record entry of 3400 runners pounded the streets as Inverness Half Marathon and 5K returned on Sunday.

Almost 1000 runners also took part in the Inverness 5k as both races were held for the first time in two years after it was cancelled in 2021 due to the impact of the pandemic.

Sean Chalmers became the first male Inverness Harriers athlete to win the half marathon as he secured gold in a time of 66 minutes and 16 seconds.

He edged Shettleston's Peter Avent into second place who crossed in 66:19 with Cambuslang's Fraser Stewart third in 66:40.

Scottish international marathon runner Kenny Wilson (Moray Road Runners) was fourth, just 25 seconds behind the winner.

His brother James finished 13th in a time of 69 minutes, 38 seconds.

Full results

Annabel Simpson won the women's title in 73:40 and was only 19 seconds off the course record set by Kenyan athlete Cathy Mutwa in 2007.

Lauren Wilson (Edinburgh AC) was runner-up in 78:27 while Jen Wetton (Central AC) was third in 1:18:38.

In the Inverness 5k, Luke Nelson, a second year medical student at Aberdeen University claimed victory with the 19-year-old Glaswegian recording 17:15.

In the women's race Caitlyn Heggie of Ross County Athletics Club was champion.

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