The Tru Wealth Scottish 10 Mile Champs are taking place at Strathclyde Park next month.
National Championship medals will be on offer within the Tom Scott Road Races event on Sunday 3 April.
Places are shifting fast and athletes interested in racing that day should be aware of a closing deadline of Sunday 20 March (or earlier, if the race capacity is reached).
Here’s a message from race organiser, Bobby Hill, of host club Law and District AAC:
‘I’d like to flag up a reminder that the closing date is much earlier than usual this year, since for the first time we will be posting out race numbers in advance.
‘Entries are expected to ramp up quite rapidly over the next couple of weeks, so if you are planning on running, please enter as soon as you can!
‘Please also note that after March 13 , we won’t be able to accommodate any deferments to 2023 or any transfers to other athletes. Thanks for your support.’
By Fraser Clyne
Sean Chalmers attempts to create out a little bit of local athletics history when he competes against a record field of 3,400 runners in the Inverness Half Marathon on Sunday (March 13)
The men’s title has never been won by a member of Inverness Harriers in the 37-year history of the race, but the Scotland international looks more than capable of putting that to right this weekend.
He is the fastest man in the field, having set a personal best time of 64:22 at Farnborough in January – that’s five seconds quicker than the Inverness race record set by Deeside’s Robbie Simpson in 2018.
One of his main rivals is fellow Scotland international Kenny Wilson who hopes it might be a case of third time lucky this weekend. When the Moray athlete made his first Inverness appearance, in 2017, he finished third in 68:37 and followed that up in 2020 by taking second position in 66:35.
James Donald should also be in the reckoning for the top prizes. Like Chalmers, he is also to represent Scotland in Cardiff.
Fife AC’s Annabel Simpson is the fastest entrant for the women’s race having set her best time of 1:16:28 at the 2018 Edinburgh marathon.
Annabel clocked a very fine 5k split for Fife AC in the Allan Scally Road Relays in her first serious race since finishing fifth in the Lindsays Short Course XC in November.
This will be Simpson’s first appearance in the Inverness race and she’s looking forward to the occasion.
‘I’ve heard a lot of good things about it and I believe it’s a fast course and a well organised event. There’s a few of us from Fife AC travelling so it should be good.’
Metro Aberdeen’s Claire Bruce and Jen Wetton of Central AC should also be in the mix for medals.
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